Newest Edition out this Wednesday, December 4, 2013!
Release Party at the Commonwealth House, 226 East Maxwell, Wed., Dec. 4, 5:00 PM. Refreshments will be served!
Shale was originally founded under the name The Cat's Figment
as a Jury Project for the Gaines Center for the Humanities. Since its inception, it has been run by Gaines fellows, who have successively widened the journal's reach to include more of the undergraduate creative writing community. In 2011,The Cat's Figment
was renamed Shale
as a nod of respect and admiration for the graduate literary journal, Limestone
. The change was also to reflect our new partnership with the Writing Center, as we shared the common goal of improving the undergraduate writing community. Shale
now has formed a partnership with the English Department, as well as an association with the Office of International Affairs. The latter association is to reflect Shale's new aim in incorporating poetry and prose in foreign languages into the creative community that we hope to foster.
Shale is run by the philosophy of opportunity. We hope to provide the opportunity for passionate undergraduates to publish their art in written or visual form. We maintain this philosophy when it comes to the composition of our staff.
Shale is run by a volunteer staff, with potential turnover in each publication cycle. The majority of our staff members happen to be English majors interested in editing and the publication processes. To join staff, email shaleuk at gmail dot com, with relevant editing, design, or marketing experience. We are looking for freshmen especially.
Who can submit: undergraduates at the University of Kentucky
How to submit: email shaleuk at gmail dot com
What to submit:
Up to 3 fiction or creative nonfiction pieces under 2000 words each
3-4 poems of 30 lines or less
3-4 jpegs of artwork at 300 DPI (all media)
ALL written submissions must be in .doc or .docx format. Please do not include your name in the actual document. You may put it in your submission email instead.
We accept submissions in world languages, which are modern or classical languages such as Latin, Spanish, French, etc. Please provide a translation for reviewing purposes. The translation will not be included in the publication unless specifically requested.
CONTACT: on Facebook under "Shale Literary Journal"
EMAIL: shaleuk at gmail dot com with any questions.