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 Magazine 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

All work must be previously unpublished. Fiction and Nonfiction submissions should be no more than 15 pages in standard 12-point font, double-spaced format (unless otherwise structured for craft purposes). Poetry submissions should contain no more than 5 poems or 10 pages per submission.

MARY Submission Form 


2017-18 MARY Staff



Laura A. Zink


Deputy Editor

Seth Simons


Creative Nonfiction Editor

R. Awwal


Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

Gillian Reimann


Fiction Editor

Amy George


Assistant Fiction Editor

Brian Barrientez II


Poetry Editor

AC Harmon


Assistant Poetry Editors

Emily Alexander

Julie MacKay 

Terry Taplin



Dee Allen-Kirkhouse

Jordan Galerkin

Ryan Jones

Cynthia Leonard

Alyssa Johnson

Rebecca Samuelson


Faculty Editor

Lysley Tenorio


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