Call for Submissions: Fall 2016

Hello new and old AU-ers,

The good news just keeping coming: submissions for Fall are open! Our theme for this quarter is ‘Returns’, but don’t feel bound to it. While we’d usually prefer the submissions to relate to our theme, every submission reflects the spirit of our ‘return’, as it were, so any fantastical, mystical, otherworldly, or otherwise not-realist piece of work, from prose to painting, you’d like to contribute will be welcome.

Submission deadline in currently November 18th

And, please, artists, consider creating a cover for this issue! You can find further instructions under the Submit menu above.

Are you guys excited? We’re excited,

The AU Staff

AU Returns!

Hello fellow speculative fiction fans! You may have noticed some AU activity recently.

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Yes, all the hopes raised this summer have come to fruition: AU is returning. That’s the good news. The better news? You can join us! We’re still looking for potential editors, particularly people comfortable with design and formatting. If you’re interested, please email us.

Of course, you don’t have to be an editor to be a part of AU. Whether we will publish this quarter or wait until next will be decided by the editing team shortly, but if you hope to contribute to or read the magazine in the future, please spread the word about us! Clawing oneself out from the grave isn’t the easiest thing to do, but encouragement always helps.

On a final note, as much as cheesy, stock sunrise pictures capture my heart, any person wanting to help make new AU logos and cover art for the website and the FB page will be more than welcome–in fact, I’d go as far to say celebrated and adored. It can be any fantastical photo or picture your heart desires, as long as it includes AU (and, preferably but not necessarily, Straying From Reality). As above, if you’re interested please email us.

Our email, as always, is Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

A very excited new AU-er,


Launch Party: Wings Issue XIII

Hello, AU-ers!

The Issue XIII Launch Party will take place this Thursday, from 6-8pm, in HUB 307. Contributors will read their work and guests will be invited to participate in our infamously tough trivia. The theme for this issue was “Wings,” and all trivia questions will be selected accordingly. Issues can be purchased after the launch party at Bulldog News ($3.50) or the English advising office ($3).

The AU Folks
Adria, Ben, Britt, Megan, Shannon

A Brief History of Time Travel

Hello AU-ers!

Missy Brinks-Hoppe and Wanda Betram, Former AU editors and very talented and capable writers and human beings, are currently working on a documentary on the history of time travel and they need our help with it! They’re looking to raise $35,000 by October 17th in order to make this documentary happen! Check out their promo video and read more about the details of their Kickstarter campaign here:

AU Editors and Submissions for Issue XIII!

Hello dear AU-ers!

The theme for this quarter’s issue of AU is “Wings.” Do with that what you will. Submissions are due by November 16th. Email your stories, poems, photographs, graphics, etc. to Send us your fairies and angels and birds and dragons and pegasuses. Pegasi?

Missy Brinks-Hoppe and Wanda Bertram, two of the loveliest ladies in the universe, graduated last spring and now AU desperately needs new editors! We are looking for 2-3 students who are passionate about quality, well-written speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy,  dystopian, horror, etc.). Special consideration will be given to those with experience working with InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or editing. If interested in applying to this position, please send a brief cover letter and resume with relevant experience to with “Editor Position” in the subject line. The position is unpaid (sorry—we’re a low-budget operation here) but you will gain great experience in writing, editing, and design. We’d love to have you!

For Narnia,


AU Issue XII Call for Submissions

Dear fellow AUers,

As we settle in for some quality time this break with our books, shows, and wines of choice, the editors at AU are excited to announce our theme for the twelfth issue!

The theme of AU’s newest issue is Tides—that being the neatest-sounding word we could find for prose and poetry with seas, oceans, and other aquatic bodies of that nature in mind. (Commendation goes to all who began writing for the “Space Jousting” theme, and we hope there is some way that the two themes can marry.) We’re excited to see what you come up with, and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 18th, so get brainstorming and spread the word!

A very merry spring break to all,

The AU Editors

Issue XI Release Party

Hello AUers!

It’s that time again! We received many great submissions for this quarter’s issue and we’re excited to share them with you. The release party for Issue XI: Plagues will be Wednesday, March 12th in the HUB room 302. There will be readings from the new issue, infamously difficult trivia (and a prize!), snacks, drinks, and good company. We will be selling the new issue for $3 (cash, debit, or credit!) and past issues for $2.

If you can’t make it to the release party, you can find copies of the new issue on Thursday in the English advising office for $3 or on the Ave at Bulldog News for $3.50. PDFs will be available on our website by the end of the week.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you,

Geek Week + Deadline Extension!

Good afternoon AUers!

We have a couple of exciting announcements today.

AU is joining up with Write Away! and taking part in UW’s first ever Geek Week! We’ll be holding a writers workshop and reading event on Monday February 24th at 5:30pm in the HUB, more details to follow.

So, due to our workshop we’re also extending our deadline for Issue XI! The new deadline is:
*February 26th. 11:59pm*

We’ll set up an event for the workshop/reading in the next day or so, so keep an eye out!