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SUBMISSIONS

GNU Journal, the national literary journal at National University, is accepting submission for the Summer 2017 print issue from April 25th to May 25th. Students currently enrolled and alumni of National University are invited to submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, scripts, visual artwork including comics, and other bodies of work.

Our editorial staff seeks to collect a wide aesthetic and especially desires excellent work, experimental or traditional—or somewhere in between—from the diverse and talented voices attending NU. Please, use our online submission form to submit previously unpublished or published works you retain ownership to submit.

All work should be original and previously unpublished or if published prior, the creator retains all rights.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please, withdraw your pieces promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere. Send email: gnujournal@gmail.com

Submit no more than a total of five (5) bodies of work combine across the following categories. For more information or to submit, click HERE.

  • Poetry
  • Short stories (1000-5000 words)
  • Creative Nonfiction (1000-5000 words)
  • One-act play (10-mintute reading)
  • Script (50-90 pages)
  • Visual Art, such as photography, paintings, drawings, and comics (PNG or Jpeg files)
  • Other bodies of work (1000-5000 words)
  • Submit only one body of work at a time. Example: if you are submitting five poems, each poem is a separate submission. Individual submissions make the judging process swifter and easier since each body of work is judged independently.

Please send only your best work that has undergone thorough edits and has been proofread.

All poetry, short stories (fiction and non-fiction) and other written bodies of work should be double-spaced, 12 pt font, in New Courier or Times New Roman.

All visual art submitted must be saved in a JPEG or PNG format file with a 300 DPI or better, and all images should be publication reader.

Include a brief third-person biography written in the present tense of no more than fifty words.

All notifications will be made on a rolling basis through June 2017 with an expected publication date in or after July 2017.

Please keep in mind, upon publication, GNU Journal assumes first serial rights; however, all rights revert back to contributors upon publication, so the authors and artists may re-publish their work elsewhere providing proper acknowledgment is given to GNU Journal.

The submission deadline for student and alumni of National University is May 25th, 2017.

If you have questions, please email GNU Journal at: gnujournal@gmail.com

 

Biographies should include your name, the major you currently attend or year of attendance and major, hometown, extracurricular activities, hobbies, brief personal information (optional), and a list of previous publications if you have any.

George Doe, a senior business finance major at National University, is from Brooklyn, NY. He participates in a local wildlife reserve program, and as an avid photographer, he enjoys capturing wildlife in their natural habitat. This is his first publication. (40-words)

Gina Doe, a Texas native, attends online classes in English and aspires to teach the next generation. She’s a member of the XYZ writers’ group, ABC sorority, and enjoys painting in her spare time. Her poems, ‘A Guiding Light’ and ‘Where the Sun Shines’ are published in MNO Magazine. (49-words)

Meet Author Krista Wagner

A Thrilling Journey into Faith

Interview with Author Krista Wagner

BY FABRICIO CORREA

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Krista Wagner was born in 70’s Southern California. She lives with her Marine Corp veteran husband, three very entertaining children, and an indispensable faith in Christ. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an English adjunct instructor.

 

Fabricio Correa:  In your novel Intent, the protagonist Raylee Johnson lives a sheltered life in a small town. Do you share similarities with Raylee’s upbringing?

 

Krista Wagner: Not really. My parents divorced when I was a baby and I grew up in the city. Both my parents were not Christians. The one thing Raylee and I have in common is that we are both an only child.

 

FC: The bleak setting possesses an aura of mystery where water is a character itself. How does water as an element interact with the Protagonist?

 

KW: In two primary ways: as a place where she finds comfort in the company of her loved ones (her parents, Billy) and as a place of revelation. In the second half of the novel, the water begins to serve as a metaphor for unease and danger as Raylee starts to unravel the mysteries behind the deaths of those close to her.

 

FC: Raylee starts out as an impressionable, naïve girl living with her overprotective parents. Do you think her parents somehow contributed to her being unprepared to go out in the world by herself? If not, do you think all the love they gave her actually made her stronger than any adversity?

 

KW: I think her parents believed in her more than she believed in herself, so it was more of Raylee’s insecurities that created this doubt. And, ultimately, her parents love and the faith they supplied gave her the courage she needed.

 

FC: Raylee encounters tragedy in her life which shatters her “glass house” existence. How did that shake Raylee’s expectation of self based on her dependent demeanor?

 

KW: She became bitter. The faith she grew up in became fractured and redirected into her high school crush, Billy.

 

FC: Religion has a crucial role in Raylee’s life. Her tragedies made her question her faith only to allow it to grow stronger inside her. How do you see the connection between hardship and faith?

 

KW: Adversities do not have to overtake us when we have faith in God. He is our Rock and our Comforter. Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

FC: Your novel is set in the 90’s. How do you think your novel affects the digital era teen?

 

KW: It reminds us of how much simpler life was without all of the technology and how much more people interacted face-to-face. I’ve had younger readers experience a nostalgia for something they never had.

 

FC: Tell us about your academic background. 

 

KW: I received my BA in English from UMBC, my MA in English Composition from CSUSB, and my MFA in Creative Writing from National University. My debut novel Intent, a spiritual dramatic thriller, was published in 2014. Rian Field, a psychological thriller, The Gold, a middle-grade fantasy, and indigo, a YA realistic issue-driven novel, were published in 2016. I have been an English Instructor since 2008.

 

FC: How can your readers reach you and your work?

 

KW: I can be found all over social media:

http://kristawagner.wixsite.com/intent

https://www.facebook.com/kristawagnerofficial/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/115168642875694357959

https://twitter.com/IntentBook04

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8509957.Krista_Wagner

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/krista-wagner?list=author_about

https://www.pinterest.com/kristawagner31/

 

You may find Krista’s novel, Intent on Amazon.

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INTENT by Krista Wagner

Trying to deal with small town life and feeling that she has no real purpose, Raylee Johnson finds a new source of confidence when her former high school crush returns to town. When she begins to feel better about the direction her life is going, Raylee is thrust into a maze of doubt, uncertainty, murder, and deceit where the only thing she does know for sure is that her life is engulfed in lies.

 

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Fabricio Correa is a Brazilian-born writer and blogger based in Los Angeles. He holds a BA in law from Universidade Salgado de Oliveira and is currently attending National University’s MFA creative writing program.

 

 

 

Meet Author Sherri Miranda

Between “Secrets and Lies,”

a Conversation with Author Sherri Miranda

BY FABRICIO CORREA

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Fabricio Correa – What made you choose El Salvador as the background for your novel? What inspired you?

Sherri Miranda: I protested the US support of the civil war for more than ten years. I also was married to a Salvadoran during part of that time & went to ES in ’82. I went with a fact-finding delegation in ’02. By then, I knew I would write the story, but had little time & no idea how it would look.

The facts of the war & knowing my country supported it hurt me deeply. Then learning how loving & generous Salvadorans are brought me to the point that I HAD to write this novel. It wasn’t going away no matter what I did.

FC: You delve into harsh realities of a war-torn third world country. Would you say your storytelling stresses “love” as a theme instead of “war”? How so?

SM: Yes, Love is the main theme, as well as “CHOOSING” family. The idea of One World & all of us being “Saviors” are two other themes. And, of course, the theme “War is Hell” is there. The way war tore families apart should be evident if I did my job in writing this story.

FC: How long did the research process take you to dig the historical events mentioned in your novel? Did you travel to El Salvador?

SM: As I mentioned, I went to El Salvador twice. BUT I lived with Salvadorans for 20 years. I met many Central Americans while living in New Orleans, as well as other Latinos. Then, while in San Diego & Los Angeles, I taught many Mexicans & Central Americans, as well as students from many other countries.

In some ways, it was more than 30 years of research as I only decided to add Roque Dalton’s story after I had written several drafts.

FC: Abuela seems to be the character who is the connection between all the others in the book. Tell us about conceiving her.

SM: Abuela is the mythical mother that holds the family together, that passes on the history. She is also Universal Love & the Protector of life.

There is someone similar to abuela that took the time to teach me many things. The real woman, though, never knew her parents because of the massacre in 1932.

FC: The title mentions “secrets” and “lies.” What are the complications of these two concepts within the story?

SM: Our secrets & lies come back to haunt us in ways we can never imagine. I remember a psychological study where a woman who was raped & kept it a secret ended up with a daughter that was also raped. There is something about these secrets & the lies that then need to be told in order to keep that secret; somehow it creates more lies & more cover-ups. It’s a vicious cycle.

FC: Did you attend an MFA program?

SM: I have an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. I loved the program & although, I was unable to work on the novel until the thesis courses, it shaped my story in innumerable ways. My only regret is that, because it was all on-line, I never met any of my classmates. I met some other MFA grads & a couple of professors later when I was invited to present at the 2016 AWP Conference in LA.

FC: The assassination of priests, nuns, civilians, revolutionaries as well as the raping and torturing of people is a tragic subject. What do you hope might be the impact of telling these stories for society?

SM: Hopefully, it will help people to see what happens when the rich & powerful no longer care about their countrymen. The extremes to which the powerful go to make millions that they will never use seems absurd to me. The demonizing of those who serve the poor, as well as the poor, themselves, should be a lesson to all. Even more so now than when the novel was first written. Three short years has shown us how what was done in El Salvador & other parts of the world has now come home to roost.

FC: Where can your readers find out more about your work?

SM: Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:

Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song, too.

San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5’s.

An article about her debut novel. Click here.

An article about the writer’s group Sherri Miranda started. Click here.

An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog can be found here.

The San Diego Public Library’s 50th Annual Local Authors Exhibit featured Sherrie’s novel. Read the article here.

You may find Sherrie here:
GoodReads Author page
Sherrie’s WordPress blog

Interview conducted by Fabricio Correa

Fabricio Correa is a Brazilian-born writer and blogger based in Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Law from Universidade Salgado de Oliveira and is currently attending National University’s MFA Creative Writing program.

GNU Journal Winter Issue 2017

The GNU Journal Winter Issue 2017 is now live.

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Click on the book covers above to view the GNU Journal Issues for 2017. If the links in eBooks are non-functional, download the file, open it, and then the links will function.

 

A Letter from the GNU Staff:

We would like to thank the writers who sent in their piece(s) to the GNU Staff for the Winter 2017 Publication. 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.

Meet Author Ann Y. K. Choi

“We Don’t often Talk about Sensitive Issues!”

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Originally from Chung-Ju, South Korea, Ann immigrated to Canada in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. Ann is also a graduate of both the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Ann is the 2012 winner of the Marina Nemat Award which recognizes the top manuscript completed by a Creative Writing Certificate graduate at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was released on May 3, 2016, by Simon & Schuster Canada. Ann is featured on “13 Canadian Authors Everyone Should Read,” by Bustle magazine.

An Interview with Ann Y. K. Choi

Fabricio Correa (FC): When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

Ann Y. K. Choi (AYKC): As a teenager and young adult, I struggled with depression. Every mental health professional I worked with encouraged me to write, which I started doing in my early twenties. For a long time, I wrote poems because it was the best way to express myself and to make sense of the world around me. Still, I lacked the confidence to consider becoming a “real” writer – which in my heart I truly wanted. Instead, for many years I worked as an editor and then as an English teacher. It wasn’t until one of my students called me a hypocrite for telling him to follow his dream when I wasn’t doing the same, that I finally committed to writing and publishing a novel.

FC: What writers have influenced you the most?

AYKC: Growing up in the 80s, I devoured anything written by Margaret Atwood, a great Canadian author. I loved that her novel Edible Woman was set in Toronto, Canada where I lived. It left me thinking that I could also write stories here, which was quite empowering. I also liked that Atwood’s female protagonists were complex and that her novels could spark rich discussions around social, political and cultural issues. I’m also a huge fan of short stories. Raymond Carver’s “less is more” writing style really appeals to me. Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club is still one of my favorite novels because it was the first book I read with an Asian protagonist. After reading it, I wanted to tell my own stories.

FC: Tell us about your process when writing a book.

AYKC: I work full-time and have a family so writing used to fall on the bottom of my to-do list. It took five years to write a draft of my first novel. Still, what motivated me to write regularly were the stories I wanted to tell. Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety captures the Korean immigrant struggles that my family and the families I knew growing up faced. I wanted my daughter to know about that. My attitude towards writing changed after signing with a publisher and an agent; it’s now a job with real deadlines and consequences. As a result, my writing has moved near the top of my to-do list. I wish I’d made it more of a priority earlier on.

FC: What connection do you seek to establish with your readers?

AYKC: The only reader I had in mind as I wrote Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety was my daughter, so it has been incredible to meet and talk with people who have read that novel. They often share their personal stories which I find inspiring and immensely gratifying.

I worried that readers might not be able to connect with the novel I’m currently writing as it is set in Korea during the 1920s. Still, after many conversations with writers and readers, I’ve committed to writing the book. I’m hoping my protagonist’s story and the themes the novel explores – family, sacrifice, honor and betrayal – will resonate with readers.

FC: Was it difficult writing about such an emotional theme?

AYKC: Like many first novels, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is largely based on what I know best – my own life and those around me. I was concerned about how my family would respond and how the Korean community, in general, might react. We don’t often talk about “sensitive” issues like domestic violence, negative mental health, racial tension, and especially our struggles with personal demons. I’m hoping to use the novel to generate discussions with readers and even the students I currently work with. Unfortunately, many of them continue to face the same challenges I did growing up.

The finished novel brought me great feelings of relief as the idea to write the story existed for decades, first as a collection of poems, then a short story, and finally, a book.

FC: Did you attend an MFA Program?

AYKC: Yes, after completing two Creative Writing certificate programs in Toronto, I found myself wanting to delve even deeper into the subject. I chose National University in California to complete my MFA. Receiving constructive feedback and learning how to give meaningful feedback have been critical in my development as a writer. Each of my classes, from a pedagogy course to examining the 18th-century works of Anne Radcliffe, allowed me to look at writing and reading using both a creative and analytical eye. The MFA program also encouraged me to reflect upon my writing which I don’t think everyone does. This led me to experiment and engage more deeply with it.

FC: What projects are you working on at the moment?

AYKC: My second novel is set in 1924 Korea before it became a divided nation. When I found out that my great-great grandfather took a second wife (which was legal back then), my heart sank hearing about how upset my great-great grandmother was by this. I thought it would be interesting to write a revenge story loosely based on her experiences. Because I’m taking many creative liberties, I’m having a lot of fun with it. I’m also fascinated by this time in history as Korea was under Japanese occupation.

FC: Where can other readers find you and get to know more about your work?

AYKC: They can visit my website at annykchoi.com or follow me on Twitter @annykchoi.

Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is available on Amazon.

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A bittersweet coming-of-age debut novel set in the Korean community in Toronto in the 1980s.

This haunting coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures in the 1980s. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults—Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined. Her secret passion for her English teacher is filled with problems and with the arrival of a promising Korean suitor, Joon-Ho, events escalate in ways that she could never have imagined, catching the entire family in a web of deceit and violence.

A unique and imaginative debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety evocatively portrays the life of a young Korean-Canadian girl who will not give up on her dreams or her family.

Interview conducted by: Fabricio Correa

Fabricio Correa is a Brazilian-born writer and blogger based in Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Law from Universidade Salgado de Oliveira and is currently attending National University’s MFA Creative Writing program.

 

2017 GNU Submissions Now Open

Creative inspiration

Submit your work and become part of the history of this comprehensive creative journal.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017 GNU is

December 15th, 2016.

Publication will be January 2017.

The GNU seeks to provide an inclusive literary journal with an appreciation of all genres. Traditional literary works, short plays, young adult fiction, poetry, literary fiction, new adult, children’s literature, horror, comedy, western, mystery, historical fiction, memoir, personal essay, short fiction – even comics…you name it, we accept it.

Please limit submissions to five (5) bodies of work in total.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

Visit our submission’s page for more details

NOTE: if submission link is down, please email content to gnujournal@gmail.com with the subject line: GENRE TYPE_Title_Jan 2017

GNU: Literary Journal. Issue #1. Winter 2016.

 

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There you are! Lovely! We’ve been expecting you. Please—come in, come in.

You can leave your troubles at the door. The news as well. Sure, right there is fine. Shoes are optional. Socks and slippers too. What’s a smelly foot or two between friends? Go ahead—put them up if you like.

Well, we’ve made it to the start of another year. A time for resolutions. A time when we are more likely to remember that any ole’ day can be a brand new start, for our writing practice, our patience, our diet (which could probably use a little more variety, and for me fewer lattes).

As I sat reading all of the pieces submitted for publication, I wondered at the variety, at the fact that even though the experiences conveyed may have been utterly unfamiliar to me, the resulting emotions were not. It reminded me that at our deepest level we have more commonalities than differences. We have the capacity to laugh, to love. To hate. We are, after all, all human.

This publication seeks to celebrate differences, in genres and styles for certain, but hopefully more. As you enjoy this feast of food for the soul, may you nibble on something different. May your heart be nourished. If you are feeling brave, slip into someone else’s shoes, however briefly, and see if the change in perspective alters anything for you. The theory is that it will make us stronger, together more resilient to negativity and hate, which the media chases with the fervor of bodachs in a Dean Koontz novel.

With the greatest of admiration, thank you to all of the writers who were brave enough to bare their souls to strangers by submitting their work. A big thanks and virtual hugs to the readers who neglected significant others, children, pets, and various plant life in the making of this journal. I give a deep curtsy to Frank Montesonti and National University, the proud parents of this journal, who are visionary in their approach of inclusion.

Stay as long as you like, my friend. You are welcome anytime. It is an honor to be the one to greet you at the door.

Sincerely,

Diane O’Shea, MFA

Editor in Chief

GNU Submissions

The first digital edition of National University’s GNU literary journal is coming soon! Submit your work and become part of the history of this new comprehensive creative journal.

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 GNU is November 30, 2015. Publication will be January, 2016.

The GNU seeks to provide an inclusive literary journal with an appreciation of all genres. Traditional literary works, short plays, young adult fiction, children’s literature, horror, comedy, western, mystery, historical fiction, memoir, personal essay, short fiction – even comics…you name it, we accept it.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure your work receives all the consideration it deserves:

  1. Submit text only works as Word or .rtf format; ensure your name is not included in the attachment
  2. Submit comics or other works containing artwork as .png with a width no wider than 600 pixels so that they fit in our pages.
  3. Submit each work as a separate submission
  4. Ensure your work has a title and a genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  5. Please limit poetry and comic/artwork submissions to: 5 pieces, not to exceed 10 printed pages
  6. Please limit fiction and creative nonfiction to: 10,000 words (larger works can be submitted but may not be read)
  7. As always, ensure your work has been proofed and polished!

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all of the writers who sent us their hard work. Please look for the call for submissions for the 2017 edition of GNU Journal in the fall.