The Mission

There are plenty of literary journals you could read, but most are highly specialized, resulting in a limited view of contemporary writing. The GNU seeks to create a comprehensive creative platform for both readers and writers.

Who among us has never enjoyed a genre considered non-literary by some? A great horror story, an engaging science fiction tale, a compelling young adult narrative, a Sunday morning comic (or two). Who is to say these are less important to our culture than writings with a more traditional flair?

It could be argued that one must sample all types of writing in order to gain a panoramic understanding of this delicious literary soup we are lucky enough to savor. Anyway, lovers of great writing will recognize it as such regardless of genre or style. So pull a chair up to our table. That’s right. There is plenty of room and something for everyone. Enjoy.

GNU Sponsorship

The GNU is sponsored by National University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, which is available 100% online. The editors and readers of the journal are MFA students. To find out more about this progressive program, click here: NU MFA in Creative Writing



A Letter from the GNU Staff:

We would like to thank the writers who sent in their piece(s) to the GNU Staff. Writing is a solitary endeavor, and it takes a whole lot of sweat, tears, and angst to put one’s words on paper—let alone the self-talk and confidence required to share and/or submit completed work for publication consideration. 

The dedication and continued support of the GNU Staff made the creation of this body of work a reality. Without the assistance of the editors/readers, as well as the unwavering support and guidance of Professor Frank Montesonti, this publication would not have been possible.



The GNU Staff:

Faculty Advisor: Frank Montesonti

Editor in Chief: Jason Brightwell

Assistant Editor in Chief: Steven Bozeman


Acquisitions Editors/Readers:

Kaitlyn Taylor

Michelle Frakes

Sherri Perry

Jesus Garcia


For more information on the program, please email Prof. Frank Montesonti at

fmontesonti@nu.edu or visit our program microsite at http://faculty.nu.edu/blogs/mcw


The names, characters, places, and incidents within the works of this journal are the products of the contributing authors’ imaginations or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, business establishments, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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The GNU Student Literary Journal is run by students in the Master of Fine Arts

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