Manastash Student Literary Journal


Stepping into the realm of the Manastash Student Literary Journal in the English department, you are about to engage with the pulsating heartbeat of the student literary community. As a contributor or an editor, you'll immerse yourself in this creative outlet, where stories come to life and poetic expressions find a home. You'll experience the exhilarating process of selecting, editing, and publishing work that represents the vibrant diversity and talent of your peers. Through this journal, you'll gain invaluable insights into the world of publishing, honing your editorial and critical thinking skills along the way. The Manastash is more than just a literary journal - it's a platform for you to engage with and contribute to the literary community, and a space where your voice can be heard loud and clear.

Cover of Manastash Journal 2024

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 and one for the layout and design in spring quarter, taught by Professor Ali Ünal.  The magazine is perfect-bound. 

Submission Guidelines

Manastash is closed for submissions. The new submission window and the theme of the new issue will be announced very soon. Check back here or visit the Manastash webpage for more information. Thank you for your interest!


Pick up your free copy of the current Manastash in the English Department this fall!

Purchase Manastash from the CWU Wildcat Shop.

You can also read Manastash online.

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