Runestone has been selected as the winner for content in this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Program’s National Program Directors’ Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines.

The judge for content, Sharon Dolin, Director, Writing About Art in Barcelona, chose Runestone  saying, “There is an impressive array of bold student work with a generous number of writers from the Midwest. In all three genres: from creative nonfiction to fiction to poetry, this journal demonstrates a consistently high level of undergraduate writing. The editors have achieved the standard they set for themselves of publishing an online journal that ‘can maintain’ and possibly ‘exceed the standards of print.’ The undergraduate work showcased here eschews sentimentality, and in many cases, takes an unflinching look at painful subject matter. Runestone is an all-around inspiring read!”

An announcement of winners will appear in the September 2017 issue of the Writer’s Chronicle as well as its website.

In just its third year, Runestone takes seriously its role in creating the next generation of editors and publishing talented undergraduate writers. The journal offers mentorship and invaluable hands-on experience of the publishing process for both its editors and its authors.

While the submission period is open from April 1- Oct. 1, Runestone’s editorial process takes place each fall during our upper-level undergraduate course “Introduction to Literary Publishing: Runestone.” The class is a collaborative effort among its faculty-editor; associate editors (who are graduate students in our MFA program); and an undergraduate student editorial board.

Congratulations to our undergraduate contributors nation-wide, our undergraduate editorial board, graduate student associate editors, and staff here at The Creative Writing Programs of Hamline University. Special gratitude to  founding faculty editor, Katrina Vandenberg, whose brilliant vision and pure tenacity put Runestone into orbit.



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