About Manastash: Our literary magazine was started in 1989 by Joseph Powell and Shannon Hopkins, a graduate student at the time and now an instructor at Yakima Valley Community College. Our first issue came out in 1990, and an annual collection of student literature has been published ever since. An archive of all past issues can be found in Central’s library. We have published poems, short stories, critical essays, and creative non-fiction. Early editions contained pictures of art work by Central students, and one of the pieces was usually chosen for the cover.
Manastash Practicum: With a faculty advisor, students select, arrange, and see through to publication the writing in this magazine. We have two Practicum Courses—one for the editing and sequencing offered in winter quarter, one for the layout and design in spring. The magazine is perfect-bound, from 48-64 pages. This year’s faculty advisor for the selection and arrangement of creative work is Professor Katharine Whitcomb. The advisor for the layout and design course is Professor Lisa Norris.
Submission Guidelines: student submissions to the magazine are typically due at the end of fall quarter or the first week in winter quarter. Short stories and creative non-fiction should be under 4,000 words. All work should be in Word format. Your name, address, telephone number, email address, title of the work, and contributor’s note should all be included on a separate sheet. Your name should not appear on the work itself. If your work is chosen, we will ask you to provide it on a disk in Word. If you have any questions about the magazine or your submission, contact Professor Kathy Whitcomb, Whitcomk@cwu.edu.
Mail submissions to:
Dept. of English
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7558
Or bring them to:Department of English
Read online or pick up your free copy of the current Manastash in the English office, L & L 423
Shannon Wilson (M.A. English 2007, B.A. English 2005) is now an Assistant Professor at Pierce CollegAlumni News
Stephanie Keahey (formerly Nielson), who completed our Writing Specialization in 2013, has publishedFaculty News
Joe Powell's collection of poems, Preamble to the Afterlife, has been published by March Street Pres