Literary Journal

The Department’s Literary Journal

Violet Margin is our new literary journal. Drawing from our experience editing and publishing student work in the Alchemist Review, a 30-year literary tradition at the University of Illinois Springfield, we have revised the focus and broadened the reach of the journal. Violet Margin is published each April and celebrated annually at STARS. Undergraduate students from across the country and UIS alums are invited to share their creative writing projects.

Mission Statement

Violet Margin is published annually by the English Department at the University of Illinois Springfield. It publishes creative writing including but not limited to fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, art, and photography by new and experienced writers. Violet Margin is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and diverse space for undergraduate students across the United States, as well as students and alumni of the University of Illinois at Springfield, to test their voices. Violet Margin is committed to publishing diverse voices and aims to focus on those that have, throughout history, been marginalized and excluded from the literary canon. We especially encourage submissions from women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers of intersectional identities.

Alchemist Review Staff: Raven Wilson, Jaana Randle, Marjorie Carter, Vika Mujumdar, Kayla Thomas
Student Editorial Staff

Work with Violet Margin

UIS undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to learn more about the editorial and publishing process by becoming a part of our team. Students can gain valuable experience for careers in writing, publishing, communication, and marketing.


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