The Carson Review is Marymount Manhattan College’s creative writing journal, published once a year in the spring.
The mark of a thriving undergraduate creative writing program is represented in the eminence of its student literary magazine. In CRW 310: Literary Magazine Publishing, students engage in all aspects of presenting a literary arts journal to the community via publication of The Carson Review, Marymount Manhattan College’s annual periodical of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students enrolled in this course serve as the editorial board whose duties include soliciting, evaluating, and selecting submissions, design and layout of a professional-quality magazine, editing and proofreading the galleys, marketing and distribution of the final product, event-planning, and more. The job involves continuing the tradition of the journal while providing a fresh perspective on what the journal can become. To achieve these objectives, the course heavily emphasizes participation and collaborative decision-making. Students take part in a range of collective processes and must work together to ensure that each stage of production is completed on time. The Carson Review should be print-ready by the end of Fall semester. In addition to learning the nuts and bolts of publishing, students will survey the history of the literary magazine during the 20th and 21st centuries and examine a dozen or so current literary arts journals in order to determine the role they play in developing contemporary literature.
The Carson Review invites current MMC students to submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, short dramatic works, and cover art. Upon production, the department hosts an annual party and reading to celebrate the publication of The Review.
The Literary Awards
Each year, the English and World Literatures department recognizes three pieces published in The Carson Review with awards named for former faculty members including, the Joseph P. Clancy Award in Poetry, the Dymphna Leonard Award for Fiction, the John Costello Award for Creative Nonfiction. For descriptions, click here.