Students interested in pursuing creative writing and creative writing publication may take the ENGL 290P English Practicum. This practicum course is designed to give students experience in all aspects of publishing a magazine of literary and visual arts through close involvement with Pioneer Pen (student literary magazine), Number One (magazine for VSCC and the community at large), and other off-campus literary publications.

Pioneer Pen (formerly Squatter's Rites)

Pioneer Pen is published annually each spring. Students interested in being featured in the 2018 edition of Pioneer Pen should submit art, photography, poetry, fiction, song lyrics, plays, monologues, and excerpts from longer creative works to by Friday, March 3, 2018.

All entries should include contact information, a brief biography, as well as the title and medium for the work. Creative writing should be submitted in a .docx file format. Works of art should be submitted as a high-resolution .jpg. All submissions are automatically considered for the John MacDougall Award for Literary Excellence or the Fusion Art and Design Award.

Students interested in volunteering as an editor or taking Pioneer Pen as a 1, 2, or 3 credit hour practicum/humanities elective class should contact the Humanities Division Office at 615-230-3200 or email the Publication Coordinator Leslie LaChance at

For more information, contact Pioneer Pen advisors, Professor Emily Andrews ( and Professor Laura McClister (

Best Essays

Do you have students who write exceptionally well? Showcase their work by nominating outstanding student academic writing for the Department of English Best of Student Essays competition.  In this juried, interdisciplinary competition, three to five essays in three different categories will be selected by faculty readers for publication in our Best of Student Essays collection in fall 2018, which will appear in print and online.  As an added incentive, first place winners in each category will receive cash awards. Here is a link to previous collections available on the Department of English webpage.

We are accepting submissions throughout the fall 2017-spring 2018 academic year.  The deadline for submitting essays from the fall 2017 term is December 15. We’ll continue accepting submissions again in spring 2018, and final selections will be made over the summer. Even for students whose essays are not selected for publication, nominations from you can be a great affirmation of their hard work and ability.

Best Essays Submission Form

Please contact Leslie LaChance at if you have any questions about submissions.

Number One

Number One logoNumber One is published annually each fall. Submission deadline for the 2018 issue is March 15, 2018.

Before submitting to Number One, we recommend that you read an issue or two to get a feel for the style and content.

We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction with an emphasis on sense of place.

  • Poetry: Submit up to three previously unpublished poems, no more than forty lines each.
  • Prose: (Fiction and Creative Non-fiction): Submit up to six pages of unpublished prose, double spaced, word count not to exceed 1300 words.

Provide a brief cover letter with your name, address, email address, and the titles of the poems or prose in your submission. Please include a brief biography to be printed if your work is selected. You may submit entries via email or USPS.

Email Submission

Send two copies of your work, one with your name and one without, via email attachment in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file to

USPS Delivery

Send two copies of each work, only one of which includes your name to:

Number One
Humanities Office
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066