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On-Campus Publications

Katie Greenock helps pick up new copies of Tributaries

1st Place Award for Excellence in Illinois College Newspapers.

At the 2015 Illinois College Press Association conference, Illinois Wesleyan sophomore and English-Writing major Michelle Wong '16 was presented with the 1st Place Award for Excellence in Illinois College Newspapers. The award recognized her 2014 opinions column regarding on-campus safety and security. 



Want to get involved in a publication?  Whether you are interested in creative writing or journalism, being part of a production staff or submitting work, Illinois Wesleyan University's English students have many opportunities to get involved.

The Argus

The Argus, which has been published weekly since 1894 without interruption, is one of the longest continually published college newspapers in America. As a member of The Illinois College Press Association, The Argus has placed among the top three Illinois college newspapers in its class for 11 of the last 18 years, a tradition of excellence that continues with each new staff. The Argus is totally student-run, with James Plath serving as faculty advisor and offering weekly critiques of each issue since 1988. If you are interested in joining the staff, email the editor and check out the Argus website.


Tributaries is Illinois Wesleyan University's Journal of the Fine Arts.  Completely run by students, Tributaries publishes student work in prose, poetry, and art and often puts student musical compositions on their website.  This semi-annual journal appears at the end of each semester. In late winter, the staff of Tributaries also hosts an annual writing conference for undergraduate students called Tongue & Ink. Check out Tributaries website and on face book at FaceBook.

The Delta

The Delta is the English Department's annual academic journal. It is published every spring and contains a selection of high quality student English papers from the previous calendar year. Any paper written for an Illinois Wesleyan University English class may be submitted, and selection and layout for the journal are done by a board of English majors and minors. If you would like to know more about the board or submitting, email the editor at

Pseudonym Required

Pseudonym Required is Illinois Wesleyan University's online literary magazine and organization for writers.  Its mission is to provide writers attending Illinois Wesleyan University with constructive feedback on their fictive and poetic projects, while providing them the opportunity to network with others in order to establish forums for developing their skills beyond coursework.  If you would like to know more about this organization, check out the Pseudonym Required website.

Illinois Wesleyan University  Magazine

The Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine is published quarterly by the Office of University Communications, which often employs English students.  Student workers in University Communications have the opportunity to write news stories for both the magazine and Illinois Wesleyan's website. For more information, read the latest issue of IWU Magazine or contact University Communications.

Small Independent Publications

None of these publications sound interesting to you?  Perhaps you can create your own.  In the past, IWU's English students have been known to create their own magazines for class projects, to raise awareness on important issues,  or just for fun.  Past independent magazine titles include: Catholic, The Whisper and the Roar, Stuff, and Porch Swing.

Michael Theune - Robert Harrington Endowed Professor of English and Chair of English

Department - English