FURNACE: PNW's Student Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Department of English seeks submissions from writers and artists for the forty-eighth annual writing and art contest. Accepted pieces will be published in the second issue of PNW's student literary journal, Furnace. In addition, out of the accepted pieces, first, second, and third place winners will be announced in each category.

Students who are currently enrolled or who have been enrolled in a Purdue system course within the last two years may submit work.


Note: You may submit up to the max per category in any or all categories. 

An academic essay written for any Purdue Northwest course.  For submissions that use outside sources, please follow the style and documentation guidelines required in the course for which the essay was written (e.g., APA for a Psychology class, MLA for English, Chicago Style for History).  May submit up to two essays.  Maximum length: Undergraduate: 4,000 words; Graduate: 5,000 words

A poem of no more than 75 lines. May submit up to five poems total.

A story of no more than 4,000 words. May submit up to two stories. Flash fiction welcome.

A creative essay of up to 4,000 words. May submit up to two essays. Memoir, personal essays, literary journalism, and hybrid pieces welcome.

An original piece of visual art. May submit up to five total. May include photographs, drawings, sculptures, and multi-media. Must be able to submit an electronic version of the piece.
Note: One piece will be chosen for the cover, and others may appear inside. Full color will be available only for cover art and electronic versions; in the print version of the journal, interior pieces will be printed in black and white.

All styles, forms, and topics are welcome in the above categories. Submissions must be made via Submittable, which allows users to create free accounts. Submit all work at the following link:  https://portals.submittable.com/submit
The submission deadline for 2022-2023 issue is Tuesday, January 31st , 2023.

Each submission that meets the general eligibility requirements and the requirements of the category for which it was submitted will be anonymously reviewed by at least three judges. That is, each work will be sent to three reviewers without the submitter’s name being revealed to the reviewers.  Each work will then be reviewed by its merit, determined by the category and submission type, and a decision will be made about whether or not to publish the piece. Reviewers’ decisions are final.

After the reviewers winnow the submissions, the selected pieces will then be forwarded to faculty judges who will then select first through third place winners for the Stark-Tinkham Awards in each category. Judges reserve the right not to award winners in all categories, but all accepted work will be published regardless of placing in each category. Depending on availability of judges, Stark-Tinkham awards may not be given every year. 

Students whose work is accepted for publication will be honored at a Furnace Release Party and will receive one contributor’s copy of the journal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Prof. Sarah White at sewhite@pnw.edu, Prof. Steffanie Triller-Fry at striller@pnw.edu, Prof. Heather Augustyn at haugusty@pnw.ed, or Prof. Matthew Praxmarer at mpraxmar@pnw.edu.

FURNACE: PNW's Student Literary Journal