Etchings Literary & Fine Arts Magazine

About Etchings Literary & Fine Arts Magazine

Etchings was the result of a revamping of University of Indianapolis’ former literary magazine, Tusitala, in 1989. After a student contest was held, the magazine was renamed Etchings. Organized and developed by students with the supervision and guidance of faculty members, a new issue was produced each year. In 2013, Etchings moved to being produced twice a year. Since the revamping in ’89, Etchings restored the emphasis on the initial intentions of the university’s literary and fine arts magazine showcasing the works of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Each semester, the students in Etchings work together to create the magazine in ENGL 379. They not only learn how to develop a literary magazine by assessing submissions and creating designs for the finished copy, but also learn how to market and promote the magazine on campus and through social media.

Now, more than thirty issues later, we celebrate the work that students and faculty put into many generations of the magazine.

Submit Your Work to Etchings Literary & Fine Arts Magazine

UIndy undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction essays, visual materials, and audio submissions (original music or spoken word) to Etching Magazine.

Deadlines are generally during the third week of the fall and winter terms (September and January), but submissions are accepted year round (if you miss a deadline, your work will be reviewed for the next magazine). Watch our social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook) for announcements of calls for submission deadlines and launch party dates.

We use a blind submission process at Etchings, and we appreciate your help with this process. Please do not include your name or identifying information within your pieces/your pieces files. You will provide your contact information within your Submittable account when you submit your pieces.

When you are ready to submit your work, visit Submittable at etchings.submittable.com for more details.

About Submissions

We encourage you to check out a past issue below for examples of poetry, prose, visual art pieces, bios, and artist statements. If you have any questions or trouble using Submittable, please email the editors at etchings@uindy.edu.

Visual Art

  • Submit up to 5 pieces of visual art.
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the visual art category).
  • Please flatten files to 300 ppi in *.tiff CMYK 8 bit files, no more than 10 inches high by 7 inches wide. (For best results view in sRGB.) in .jpg format.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name (your title will do).
  • When you upload your file(s) in Submittable, please use the file’s name.
  • Let us know if your pieces are part of a series.
  • Please include an artist’s statement for each piece (each no more than 100 words).
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.
Poetry
  • Submit up to 5 poems (no greater than 10 pages each).
  • Please keep in mind that your poem’s structure will be formatted to a 7 in x 10 in page (not 8.5 in x 11 in).
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the poetry category).
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name. Label your file(s) with the submission title(s).
  • When you upload your file(s), please use the file’s name.
  • Please include a writer’s statement for each piece (each no more than 100 words) that shares the process, inspiration, and/or themes.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.

Short Stories

  • Submit up to 3 short stories (of no more than 5,000 words each).
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 3 forms/submissions for the short story essay category).
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name (your title will do).
  • When you upload your file(s) to Submittable, please use the file’s name.
  • Please include a writer’s statement for each piece (each no more than 100 words) that shares the process, inspiration, and/or themes.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.

Creative Nonfiction Essays

  • Submit up to 3 creative nonfiction essays (no more than 5,000 words each).
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 3 forms/submissions for the CNF essay category).
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name (your title will do).
  • When you upload your file(s) to Submittable, please use the file’s name(s).
  • Please include a writer’s statement for each piece (each no more than 100 words) that shares the process, inspiration, and/or themes.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.

Dramatic Scripts

  • Submit up to 3 dramatic scripts (of no more than 5,000 words each).
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 3 forms/submissions for the dramatic script).
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name (your title will do).
  • When you upload your file(s) to Submittable, please use the file’s name.
  • Please include a writer’s statement for each dramatic script (each no more than 100 words) that shares the process, inspiration, and/or themes.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.

Audio Files (Original Music or Spoken Word)

  • Submit up to 5 pieces of musical compositions and/or spoken word/slam poetry in .mp3 file format.
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the audio file category).
  • Please include only 1 song/poem in a file.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file(s) or as part of your file’s name (your title will do).
  • If a music composition, we hope you will include the score to your song in a separate file. Please do not include your name as part of your score or as part of your file’s name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file(s), please use the file name(s).
  • Please include a composers/writer’s statement for each piece (each no more than 100 words) that shares the process, inspiration, and/or themes.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 40 words) that you’d love to see published in our magazine.

Magazine Archive

Cover art: Disco pants and shoes dance and funky brown pattern shoots out of pink pants against a blue background

Listen to this issue’s musical composition!

Paul Geraci’s “Snowglobe Dancer” (pg. 35)

Luke Garrigus’ “Indiana Nightmares” (pg. 61)

Cover Art. Issue 30.1. Triangle featuring slivers of past cover art against a sliver background

Etchings 30.2

Spring 2018

Cover Art. Issue 30.1. Photo of staff in party clothes serving a birthday cake, all eyes are blacked out

Etchings 30.1

Fall 2017

Cover Art. Issue 29.2. Mixed media collage looks like patchwork quilt featuring two girls on a swing in white dresses

Etchings 29.2

Spring 2017

Cover Art. Issue 29.1. Young man in sweater who’s head above the nose is replaced with clouds and full moon, stary night

Etchings 29.1

Fall 2016

Cover Art. Issue 28.2. Close up of orange flower presented in a grid of small squares

Etchings 28.2

Spring 2016

Cover Art. Issue 28.1. Front half of an orange veil tail goldfish left justified against white background

Etchings 28.1

Fall 2015

Cover Art. Issue 27.2. Photo shot through car windshield at night, lights of town blazing in background

Etchings 27.2

Spring 2015

Cover Art. Issue 27.1. Illustration of tall cocktail tables in black/white. Bunch of colorful balloons draws focus

Etchings 27.1

Fall 2014

Cover Art. Issue 26.2. Photo close up of crochet set in a wooden box

Etchings 26.2

Spring 2014

Cover Art. Issue 26.1. Photo of 1950s camera sitting in a bed of colorful fall leaves

Etchings 26.1

Fall 2013

Cover Art. Issue 25. The number 25 in red, serif font featured on a gold background

Etchings 25

2013

Cover Art. Issue 24. Photo close up of grey tree bark

Etchings 24

2012

Cover Art. Issue 23. Photo of jelly fish in a tank on bottom half, black background

Etchings 23

2011

Cover Art. Issue 22. Photo, black and white, tan dog lies on dirt in front of brick wall, cinematographic film lines line the top and bottom

Etchings 22

2010

Cover Art. Issue 21. Photo of ceramics, dark brown background, tan hexagons with circles in centers

Etchings 21

2009

Cover Art. Issue 20. Mixed media collage, letter cutouts present Etchings, old typewriter in foreground

Etchings 20

2008

Cover Art. Issue 19. Photo of ducks sitting on foggy pond at sunset

Etchings 19

2007

Cover Art. Issue 18. Photo close up of stone Chinese Dragon sculpture

Etchings 18

2006

Cover Art. Issue 16. Pastel in blue scale. Areas of light and dark. Undefined images

Etchings 17

2005

Cover Art. Issue 17. Illustration in grey scale. Bottom of fish tank, includes vegetation and stones. One snail shell

Etchings 16

2004

Cover Art. Issue 15. Illustration in black and white. Wind-swept woman stands facing a beach, sky in the horizon

Etchings 15

2003

Cover Art. Issue 14. Digital pattern with thin purple stripes spaced with wider mottled-grey stripes

Etchings 14

2002

Cover Art. Issue 13. Name of the magazine against an orange background with bookshelf clipart framing top and bottom

Etchings 13

2001

Cover Art. Issue 12. Name of the magazine repeated in shades of maroon against a white background

Etchings 12

2000

Cover Art. Issue 11. Name of the magazine repeated in black typewriter font to fill up page against white background

Etchings 11

1999

Cover Art. Issue 10. Name of the magazine and 10th Anniversary written in black text on white background

Etchings 10

1998

Cover Art. Issue 9. Illustrations. Ink, 3 stacked. Scene of mountains, villagers on island, and sun

Etchings 9

1997

Cover Art. Issue 8. Illustration. Pencil. Hand holding a pencil against white background

Etchings 8

1996

Cover Art. Issue 7. Illustration. Pencil. Suggests artists drawing at easels in class

Etchings 7

1995

Cover Art. Issue 6.2. Illustration. Pencil. Hand holding a pencil against blue background

Etchings 6.2

1994

Cover Art. Issue 6.1. Dark-green background with triangle that says Tribute in it

Etchings 6.1

1994

Cover Art. Issue 5. Pattern of orange viney flowers against white background

Etchings 5

1993

Cover Art. Issue 4. Pattern of blank white and grey puzzle pieces fit together

Etchings 4

1992

Cover image of Etchings issue 3

Etchings 3

1991

Cover image of Etchings issue 2

Etchings 2

1990

Cover image of Etchings issue 1

Etchings 1

1989