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, 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MARY accepts previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid genres.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 $50 payment.

MARY Submission Form 


2019-20 MARY Staff



Charlie Neer


Deputy Editor

Natalie Dunn


Creative Nonfiction Editor

Florencia Orlandoni


Fiction Editor

Will Preston


Poetry Editor

Caeden Dudley



Rai Ahmed-Green

Nicholas Golden

Kathleen Herald

Elli Levin

Connor Mccaslin

Andrew Mercer

Courtney Metz

Lizette Roman-Johnston

Stella Santamaria

Ryan Shepherd

Victoria Quistgaard



Faculty Editor

Matthew Zapruder


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