Graduate Program in Creative Writing

English MFA Cottonwood Header

Opportunities in Publishing

Beecher's Magazine

Beecher's Magazine, named after prominent abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher and run by the students of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Kansas, publishes the best in innovative fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, from both emerging and established authors. Beecher's is dedicated to inimitable writing and design, and to the literary magazine as a physical object.
Find it online at


Internships for MFA students are available with Cottonwood, KU's national literary review, which is published once yearly, in the fall. Cottonwood publishes new writers as well as established writers such as Virgil Suarez, Kim Chinquee, Carol Lee Lorenzo, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Joanne Lowery, and Criz Mazza. MFA students serve on the staff of Cottonwood and help edit the journal, and graduate credit is available for its editorial interns.

For more information on Cottonwood, please see the Cottonwood page.

Coal City Review

CCR, established in 1989, is an international journal of poetry, fiction, photography and reviews that is edited and published by members of the department and the community. CCR publishes the best work submitted, including the work of both "established" and "new" writers. We also publish individual collections of poetry, including Gary Lechliter's Under the Fool Moon, John Musgrave's Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam Poems, and Matt Porubsky's voyeur poems.

Kiosk and Comma Space

Kiosk and Comma Splice are lively journals of the arts featuring the work of KU undergraduates. Kiosk is an award winning semi-annual publication primarily for KU undergraduates featuring the University of Kansas' premier student art and literature. Begun in 2006, Comma Splice also features the work of KU's talented undergraduate writers.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.