Ashland University Establishes Online Journal for High School Writers

Ashland University Establishes Online Journal for High School Writers

9/26/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Faculty in Ashland University’s English Department have established a new online nonfiction journal that will allow high school writers to submit their creative material.

The online journal, titled “Tributary,” is being launched by the editors of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative” and the English Department at Ashland University. Since its inception in 1999, “River Teeth”—one of only four exclusively nonfiction journals in the country—has published the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and has been awarded Pushcart Prizes and Best American Essays.

“Because the editors of ‘River Teeth’ also teach in Ashland University’s graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs, we have decided to wade the waters of younger writers as well, creating a place for high school creative writers to publish their essays, memoir and other narrative nonfiction,” said Dr. Joe Mackall, professor of English at Ashland University. “These will be showcased in this new online journal that will debut later this fall.”

Mackall said “Tributary” will begin by publishing nonfiction and may expand its publications to poetry and fiction once the journal has been established. “We will begin accepting submissions on Oct. 1 and plan to launch the first issue in the late fall or early spring,” he said.

Undergraduate creative writing majors Erika Gallion, a senior from Canton, Ohio, and Meg Collier, a senior from North Ridgeville, Ohio, will serve as the student editors for this year.

A webpage with submission guidelines can be accessed at

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###