Accessible Navigation. Go to: Navigation Main Content Footer

The Oval Literary Magazine

The University of Montana

About the Oval



There is a three-acre footprint of grass and brick-laid paths in the center of the University of Montana campus. It is the shape of an oval, and through it, university life passes.

In the fall of 2007, a group of undergraduate creative writing majors conceived the university’s first undergraduate literary magazine, to provide a forum for young artists, poets, and writers to submit, publish, and share their work. They called the project The Oval because like the swath of earth it’s named for, the magazine would provide an artery through which university life, in the form of art, could pass.

Submissions, editing, marketing, design, and distribution are all handled by The University of Montana undergraduates. In their free time, on their bikes, in stolen hours between classes, on sacrificed Sundays, in common rooms and vacant classrooms, each year, The Oval is sewn together by the tireless work of young writers who sense the vitality of creative craft. Providing a platform for the work of their peers, they feel, is essential.

The Oval is published annually in the spring. Submissions for short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art are accepted between November and February each year. See our submissions page or visit our blog for informataion about guidelines and submission deadlines.

We would also like to thank Spectral Fusion for their help in building the website.  Also, special thanks go out to Matt Riley for his image on the background of the site.  His art and much more can be found in Volume 3 of The Oval.


Prose and Poems

Inquiries & Subscriptions: