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Phoenix Magazine

Phoenix Positions


Earn elective credit while working as an editor on our award-winning student literary magazine!
No previous experience needed!

Editors (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry):

Editorial positions for the Phoenix are staffed by students who sign up for Professor Zuromski's fall class, ENC 2341, Advanced Creative Writing/Literary Magazine.

Students who sign up for this class should:

  • LOVE to read (students may have some choice as far as becoming an editor of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry)
  • Have a passion for writing, as we will be writing in different genres
  • Enjoy offering colleagues constructive criticism through workshops
  • Value receiving colleagues' constructive criticism through workshops

Advanced Creative Writing/Literary Magazine is offered in the fall semester only and only on West Campus.
Students who successfully complete the course will be listed as editors in the PHOENIX.
Questions? Contact Professor Zuromski at .

Graphic Designers:

Layout and design for the Phoenix are done by students enrolled in Professor Curtiss' spring specialty course, GRA 2930, Special Topics in Graphic Arts: The Phoenix Design Project . This course is limited to 10 students and requires previous successful completion of GRA 1203C, Layout and Design AND GRA 1206C, Typography.

Special Topics in Graphic Arts: The Phoenix Design Project is offered in the spring semester only and only on West Campus.
Students who successfully complete the course will be listed as Graphic Designers in the PHOENIX.
Questions? Contact Professor Meg Curtiss at .

Editor in Chief:

This premium role is held by one student who is selected by the Phoenix advisor (usually after the student has successfully completed ENC 2341). This person needs to be motivated, responsible, prompt, creative, and appreciative of art and literature. The editor-in-chief will rely upon the poetry and prose/copy editors for initial assistance and input, but will have the final say on content, mechanics, and grammar.

Most of the work of the editor-in-chief is done over winter break and in January.After the last editors' meeting in December, the editor-in-chief must choose the final pieces to appear in print, carefully and respectfully considering the wants and needs of the poetry and prose editors as well as the student body at large. The editor-in-chief works closely with the graphic designers to make layout and stylistic choices. He or she selects the overall "mood" of the magazine, arranges the order of the pieces, and selects art to complement certain poems and prose. All of this must be done while following specific guidelines and budgetary constraints.

A student may be editor-in-chief for two consecutive years if approved.

Note: The editor-in-chief may NOT submit entries for consideration. Other editors MAY submit to the magazine following standard criteria, since all pieces are selected anonymously, but editors are NOT eligible to win cash prizes.