Campus literary and visual arts review issues call for submissions

March 01, 2016

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Do you write poetry or short stories? Take beautiful photographs? Have an interest in drawing? 

The student editors of ABSENCE, Penn State Greater Allegheny’s literary and visual arts review, have an opportunity for all undergraduate students in the Pittsburgh region at either four- or two-year institutions to have their work published. The editors are calling for submissions for a substantive special section of about 40 pages to be published in April 2016 devoted to all creative work with an international/global inspiration or perspective, and especially the two Teaching International themes for 2015-16 at the Greater Allegheny campus: Global Pittsburgh and Literacies.

The deadline for submitting creative work for consideration is March 21. Any undergraduate in the Pittsburgh region may submit as many as seven creative works for consideration for this Teaching International special section to

Submissions should be sent as email attachments, using submission titles as file names, with all identifying information (author name, email and postal address, and campus affiliation) only on an attached cover page.

ABSENCE, in its 18th year of publication by the student-run Penn State Greater Allegheny Press, is an annual review of the best literary and visual art produced by the students, staff, faculty and alums of Penn State's Greater Allegheny campus each academic year. Each issue is published in print and is republished digitally. Using a blind-review system of evaluation, the student editors seek to publish all creative forms — literary and visual — from poetry, short stories and photography (color and black/white) to essays, creative nonfiction, graphic/digital design, painting, prints and drawing. Acceptance for publication by the student editors is selective and competitive, holding at a rate of 20 to 25 percent since 2006. Around 90 percent of all work selected for publication is by students, and much of it is produced in the various creative-arts courses offered by the campus each semester (including courses in literature, photography, creative writing, digital arts, painting and drawing, sculpture and theatre).

ABSENCE is published in April of each year and is available for the first time in paper at its annual "Celebration of the Arts: A Reading & Reception," featuring the creative work of each year’s authors and artists performed live. Copies of Volume 18 will be available for the first time at this event, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center.

The Teaching International program at Penn State Greater Allegheny has been in place since 2004. Its goal is to educate students about world trends by studying different regions and issues of global importance.

Contact Clifford Manlove, associate professor of English and ABSENCE's senior faculty adviser and publisher, at for any questions about ABSENCE, the 2016 Teaching International special section, or to receive a paper copy of this year’s issue.

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Last Updated March 11, 2016