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  • About this Magazine:

    Oakwood, South Dakota State University's literary journal since 1975, publishes writing and art from contributors connected to the Northern Great Plains, whether living there now or shaped by it in some way. We strive to be an annual snapshot of the region’s underrated creative activity.

  • Editor(s): Steven Wingate
  • Contact Information:

  • Organization (if applicable): South Dakota State University
  • Address 1: Dept of English & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Address 2: Pugsley 301 CB 2218
  • City: Brookings
  • State Code: SD
  • Postal Code: 57007
  • Phone: (605) 688-5191
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online, Print
  • Genres: Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes (with notice)
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Online Submissions: no
  • Reading Period: 11/15-2/15
  • Response Time: 3 months
  • Payment: no
  • Contests: no
  • Founded: 1975
  • Issues Per Year: 1

Publisher’s description: Founded in 1975, Oakwood is South Dakota State University's literary annual; we publish a handsome print edition in the spring followed by web publication. Oakwood serves as a connecting point for the literature and arts of the Northern Great Plains—defined in this case as South Dakota and the states that adjoin it. We aim to harness and foster the literature of the region, drawing from the writers at all phases of their careers who are in the Northern Great Plains now or who have been shaped by these places.

In recent years, we have published a range of notable authors including Ted Kooser, Kent Meyers, Linda Hasselstrom, Terese Svoboda, and Patrick Hicks. We seek to expand our contributor list and establish Oakwood as a go-to destination for writers of this region.

We accept submissions via email annually from mid-November to mid-February. You don't have to be a current resident of this region to submit, but we do expect a connection to the region. (Please note in our contributor notes that we'd like to hear about that connection with your submission.) We produce a handsome print journal—magazine style with color art throughout—in April, after which the contents are made available worldwide via Issuu.com and on the SDSU's Open Prairie Archive.