MARY: A Journal of New Writing

The MFA's graduate student-run online journal.  

MARY: A Journal of New Writing is a student run online arts journal sponsored by Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Since its inception in 2002, MARY has published contemporary poetry and prose from a diverse group of talented emerging writers and established artists, including D.A. Powell, Peter Orner, Gillian Conoley, Bruce Smith, Elizabeth Robinson, Rebecca Curtis, Carol Snow, K. Silem Mohammad, Matthew Zapruder, and Dorathea Lasky. MARY has also conducted interviews with award-winning writers such as Michael Palmer, Nick Flynn, Susan Steinberg, Michael Pollan, John D’Agata, Jo Ann Beard, Mary Roach, Forrest Gander, and Kent Johnson. 

Submission Guidelines

MARY accepts previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid genres. We like weird and risky and humming a little. 

Please send no more than five poems or 15 pages of fiction or nonfiction per submission period. All contributors receive a $30 payment.

MARY Submission Form 


2018-19 MARY Staff



Emily Alexander


Deputy Editor

Kayla Neer


Creative Nonfiction Editor

Gillian Reimann


Fiction Editor

Will Preston


Poetry Editor

Terry Taplin


Assistant Poetry Editors

Julie MacKay 

Rebecca Samuelson



Sarah Benjamin

Amanda Caroll

Sage Giordano

Elli Levin

Andrew Mercer

Victoria Quistgaard

Stella Santamaria

Katie Schwarz

Clayne Zollinger III


Faculty Editor

Lysley Tenorio


MARY Archives


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