Shale--An Undergraduate Literary Magazine

The submission deadline for our Spring 2014 edition is Friday, February 28 at 5:00 pm. We would love to feature your work, so don’t forget to submit it!


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 of incorporating poetry and prose in world languages into the creative community that we hope to foster. Other partners include WRFL radio; the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence; English honor society Sigma Tau Delta; Graphite Creative Writing Association; and the Bloomsbury Group.

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 the editing and publication processes. To join staff, email (“shaleuk” at “gmail” dot “com”) with relevant editing, design, or marketing experience. We are looking for freshmen and sophomores especially.


Who can submit: University of Kentucky undergraduates

How to submit: Email

What to submit:

   Up to 3 fiction or creative nonfiction pieces under 2000 words each

   3-4 poems of approximately 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. If you have any further questions, feel free to email us!

CONTACT:  On Facebook under "Shale Literary Journal" and on Twitter as @ShaleJournal

EMAIL: (“shaleuk” at “gmail” dot “com”)

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