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Welcome to Greyrock Review

Greyrock Review is Colorado State University’s undergraduate literary journal, created and published by a group of undergraduate students during a year-long internship. The content of Greyrock Review comes from submissions from CSU’s students of all majors who seek to show off their talents and become published writers and artists. The goal is to support and promote the literary arts, while learning the intricacies of printing, promoting, and publishing a high-quality literary journal.

We are eager to see works that explore the unique way that individuals experience the world. Whether it's about culture, nature, harmonies, emotions, dreams, the supernatural, horror, or anything else that inspires you, we want to see your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art in this year's Greyrock Review.

Our name

The Greyrock trail is one of the most famous hikes in Northern Colorado, located some 30 minutes outside CSU's hometown of Fort Collins. From 1979 to 2001, CSU's undergraduate literary journal, Greyrock Review, took its name from this landmark. In 2002 it was renamed A, and in 2012 it was renamed Garden Level. The 2013 team's choice to renew the Greyrock name takes it back into the wilderness, but not so far as to lose sight of home. The hope is to reestablish Greyrock Review as a premier undergraduate literary journal, building on the foundation laid by each previous edition and every edition to come. The journal features outstanding creative undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art.

Submissions

Every fall semester marks a new period of submissions to Greyrock review. Beginning in October, the Greyrock team will accept undergraduate work from all majors in the categories of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art.

Poise your pen, queue your word processor, focus your camera, or clear your throat. We are ready to read the stories of CSU students in whatever form they may come. Voice your experience in a whisper or a shout. Show us the world as viewed from space or from the window of your childhood home. Identify yourself as a friend or stranger, adult or not-so-adult, dreamer or observer. Craft the story of your diverse experience with words, negative space, truth, metaphor, pixels, rhymes, magic, heart, or all of the above.

These are only a few possibilities for what pieces will cross our desk. Submitted work, whether prompted or unprompted by the above, will be evaluated by our editorial staff for content, creativity, and quality. Send us something to remember.

Thank you to all of our contributors. Your submissions are our foundation, and we look forward to finding the pieces that will comprise an issue of Greyrock Review we can all be proud of.

Submissions of original work are accepted from October to December. Scroll down this page for technical guidelines and the submission link.

Submission guidelines

Why should you submit your work to us?

Creativity and inspiration can be found in every aspect of our lives, and sometimes it finds its way to the page. We are looking to showcase the creative work written by our very own undergraduate CSU students, regardless of their previous artistic experience, current major, or aspirations.

When can you submit your work to us?

Submissions open on October 8th and end on December 20th. We know that life can get busy, but we will not accept any work after December 20th — so try to submit sooner rather than later.

How do you submit your work to us?

We use Submittable to see your work (link below.) To remain unbiased in our selection process, we require you to provide a cover letter with your selected works. Please include:

  • your full name
  • e-mail address
  • submission title
  • genre
  • total word count.

Identifying information should only appear in the Submittable cover letter and should not appear anywhere in the title or content of your submission.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted

Please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work.

Guidelines by genre

Each genre has different rules to follow. Regardless of genre, each work should be submitted separately.

Fiction Submissions

We will consider all genres of fiction, including excerpts from longer works so long as they are self-contained. Entertain us, move us, make us think, make us crywe want to see it all! Please send us your best work while adhering to these guidelines:

  • 5,000 words maximum
  • 3 fiction pieces maximum (note: each story must be submitted separately; i.e. you may submit to the fiction category a total of 3 times)
  • Microsoft Word, .doc or .docx format
  • Double-spaced, 12 point font (Times New Roman preferred)

Please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Submission title
  • Genre
  • Word count

You must be a current undergraduate student at CSU to submit.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work.

Your name and other identifying information should not appear in the title of your submission or on the manuscript. It should only appear on the cover letter.

Poetry Submissions

We welcome poems of any style and length. You may submit a maximum of five (5) poems of no more than twenty (15) pages total.

All poems must be uploaded in a single document and each poem should begin on a separate page.

Note: formatting on an MS Word file may be altered by upload; if the format is important to you, please upload your poem(s) as a PDF file.

Please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Genre
  • Number of poems submitted
  • Poem Titles

Your name and other identifying information should only appear in your Submittable cover letter and should not appear anywhere in the title of your submission or on the submitted manuscript itself.

You must be an undergraduate at Colorado State University to Submit.

Non-Fiction Submissions

Is there something in your life that you’ve always wanted to put into words? A burning topic you want everyone to know about? A story you want to tell in a truthful, original way?

If so, then tell us all about it! We welcome any genre of creative nonfiction.  Nothing is too personal or off limits; however, all pieces should be grounded in truth.  You can submit up to 3 pieces to be considered.

 Submission requirements include:

  • 700 to 5,000 words
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 point font (Times New Roman or Calibri preferred)

Please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Submission Title
  • Genre
  • Word Count

Your name and other identifying information should only appear in your Submittable cover letter and should not appear anywhere in the title of your submission or on the submitted manuscript itself.

You must be an undergraduate at Colorado State University to Submit.

Non-Fiction Submissions

Is there something in your life that you’ve always wanted to put into words? A burning topic you want everyone to know about? A story you want to tell in a truthful, original way?

If so, then tell us all about it! We welcome any genre of creative nonfiction.  Nothing is too personal or off limits; however, all pieces should be grounded in truth.  You can submit up to 3 pieces to be considered.

 Submission requirements include:

  • 700 to 5,000 words
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 point font (Times New Roman or Calibri preferred)

Please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Submission Title
  • Genre
  • Word Count

Your name and other identifying information should only appear in your Submittable cover letter and should not appear anywhere in the title of your submission or on the submitted manuscript itself.

You must be an undergraduate at Colorado State University to Submit.

Art Submissions

We welcome visual art of all categories. You may submit a maximum of five (5) pieces of your best work for consideration -- multiple images of a singular piece are allowed for three-dimensional artworks. Please upload your visual work as a PDF or High-Quality JPEG file, 300 dpi minimum. We are not accepting any hard copies.

If you would like any sculptural pieces or large paintings/drawings to appear in the magazine, we require that you photograph the work yourself and then submit. What you submit will appear in the final issue, so be mindful of the composition of your images. 

Please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Submission title
  • Medium
  • Size
  • Resolution

 

The Greyrock Team will not see any of this information in association with your submission until it is accepted or declined.

Your name and other identifying information should not appear in the title of your submission or on the manuscript. It should only appear on the cover letter.

You must be an undergraduate at Colorado State University to Submit.

Submit your work now with Submittable

The Greyrock Review uses Submittable to receive, review, and accept work for publication. Submittable is a cloud-based online platform that is secure and simple to use. All art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction must be submitted through Submittable. All original works will be considered for publication. Work may be accepted, declined, or resubmitted with suggested revisions from the editors. All majors are encouraged to submit.

Questions regarding submissions can be sent to editor.csu@gmail.com.

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Special thanks to the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment for the Arts for providing a grant to make this year’s publication possible.

TheLilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment for the Arts provides grants to support art, music, humanities, literature, and the performing arts.

Thanks also to RamRide for providing funding to make this year’s publication possible.

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Cover Art by Haley Arnold

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© 2020 Greyrock Review

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without prior written consent from Greyrock Review.

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Special thanks to the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment for the
Arts for providing a grant to make this year’s publication possible. The
Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment for the Arts provides grants to
support art, music, humanities, literature, and the performing arts.

Thanks also to RamRide for providing funding to make this year’s
publication possible.

Logo Design by Renee Haptonstall
Cover Art by Haley Arnold
Cover Design by Renee Haptonstall
© 2020 Greyrock Review

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, in
any form or by any means, without prior written consent from
Greyrock Review.

Printed by Bookmobile.

Greyrock Review, May 2020.

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Managing Editor & Literary Club Head Officer Sabrina Robinson

Graphic Designer/Typesetter & Social Media Manager Renee Haptonstall

Poetry Editor & GLC Officer Amy George

Associate Poetry Editor & GLC Publicist Natalia Sperry

Nonfiction Editor & GLC Officer Alisa Otte

Associate Nonfiction Editor & Financial Officer Kayla Henn

Fiction Editor Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom

Associate Fiction Editor Madeline Trapp

Associate Fiction Editor Shay Rego

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Greyrock Review Internships

Overview

Students participating in the Greyrock Review internship (E487B) will receive 1 credit per semester for 40 hours of work. Interns meet with the Graduate Student Advisor every week for an hour, and they complete assignments outside of the scheduled meetings. Students can register for E487B for 1 credit per semester for up to 4 semesters.

During this yearlong internship, students learn the intricacies of publishing, promoting, and printing a literary journal. As a staff intern, you will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings, where you will discuss advertising, promoting submissions, reading poetry, fiction and nonfiction submissions, copy editing, writing acceptance and rejection notices, and whatever else may come across the Greyrock Review desk.

Backgrounds in editing and/or creative writing are preferable, though not necessary. Students are asked to commit to working on the journal for the entire academic year so that they are able to see the journal to completion.

Time Involvement With E487B

Students meet every week, reading and deciding on submissions before winter break. Interns will begin copyediting near the end of the break. The graphic designers and the editor spend more time working on the journal during the spring semester.

The fall semester is a lot slower than the spring semester. In the fall, students meet for one hour each week. In the spring, students will meet for an hour twice weekly. The staff will work to find a time during which everyone can meet.

 Internship editorial roles

Managing Editor

Duties include overseeing all editorial staff, communicating with contributors, working with BookMobile to coordinate the production timeline and costs, and serving as final proofreader before sending the journal to print.

Poetry Editors

Poetry editors will create submission guidelines, read all poetry submissions and decide which poems will appear in the journal. In the spring editors will copyedit selected poems as well as proofread pieces from their section and fiction/nonfiction.

Nonfiction Editors

Nonfiction editors will create submission guidelines, read all nonfiction submissions and decide which pieces will appear in the journal. In the spring editors will copyedit selected pieces as well as proofread in poetry/fiction.

Fiction Editors

Fiction editors will create submission guidelines, read all fiction submissions and decide which stories will appear in the journal. In the spring editors will copyedit selected pieces as well as proofread in poetry/nonfiction.

Visual Arts Editor

The visual arts editor will create submission guidelines, review all submissions and decide which pieces to include in the issue. The editor will also work with the artists and graphic designer on formatting.

Typesetter

The typesetter will insert all text into the InDesign layout, paying close attention to proper and uniform formatting, and perform corrections as dictated by the managing editor and section editors.

Graphic Designer

The graphic designer will be responsible for designing the cover and creating the master layout for the journal (decisions include typeface, trim size, margins, running head, placement of logo and page numbers etc.). Knowledge of InDesign necessary or a willingness to learn in your own time.

Promotions and Fundraising

The person with this position will manage the Greyrock Review Facebook page, organize fundraising events and classroom visits, create posters and flyers to promote the submission period as well as Greyrock Review events, and plan the release party.

Internship application

To Apply

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Stephanie G'Schwind to determine your eligibility for this internship. Instructions for registration will be emailed once the override is complete.

In your email, include:

  • Full name
  • CSU ID
  • Year in college - junior or senior

Credit Information

E384A, E487A and E487B, and E495 cannot fulfill requirements listed in Column A of the check sheets. Undergraduates may count a total of only four E487A and/or E487B internship credits toward graduation. However, only 3 credits of E487A will satisfy graduation credits. These credits will count as free electives, not as replacements for other English courses.

Students taking E487C and/or E487D may be able to count up to 7 credits of internship toward graduation. E487C or E487D can satisfy 3 upper-division English elective credits in Column A. All students should consult their advisors regarding verification of the number of credits they may count toward graduation.

Positions

Faculty and Graduate Student Advisors will assign positions early in the Fall Semester.

Qualifications

  • Minimum GPA 2.6; 3.0 GPA in English and Composition Classes Preferred
  • Earned an A or B in CO300, CO301A-D or CO302
  • Class - Junior or Senior
  • Major - Art or English

Contact Greyrock Review

Greyrock Review

Colorado State University
Department of English
359 Eddy Hall, 1773 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

970.491.6428
greyrockreview@colostate.edu

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