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  1. What is The Mockingbird?Answer
  2. Is the name of the magazine Mockingbird or The Mockingbird?Answer
  3. Who can submit material to The Mockingbird?Answer
  4. What type of material does The Mockingbird accept for publication?Answer
  5. When does a person submit material to The Mockingbird?Answer
  6. When does The Mockingbird appear?Answer
  7. How do I submit material to The Mockingbird?Answer
  8. How do I get a copy of The Mockingbird if I am not on the ETSU campus?Answer

What is The Mockingbird?
The Mockingbird is the annual art and literary magazine produced by East Tennessee State University students. Although the Department of Literature and Language and the Department of Art and Design provide advisors for the magazine, students create the magazine. The magazine enjoys the sponsorship of the School of Arts and Sciences, and it also enjoys the generosity of the ETSU Honors College.

Is the name of the magazine Mockingbird or The Mockingbird?
A search through the archives indicates that the magazine has almost always borne the name The Mockingbird, with only a couple of instances where the cover reads Mockingbird and one odd instance where it reads Mockingbirds.

Who can submit material to The Mockingbird?
Any currently enrolled ETSU student is welcome to submit material to The Mockingbird, including part-time students, students at our satellite campuses, and students enrolled only in online ETSU courses. Since we accept submissions during the fall semester, even students who graduate in the December of the academic year are eligible to submit during their final semester of enrollment.

What type of material does The Mockingbird accept for publication?
The Mockingbird accepts a wide range of material. Literary submissions include poetry, fiction, nonfiction prose, and short drama. Art submissions now take practically any form; the Department of Art and Design has an annual honors competition, and The Mockingbird features its winners; winning entries have included sculpture and conceptual digital designs, as well as the more traditional pieces in painting, sketching, and printing.

As far as subject matter goes, university students create the magazine for an audience that consists primarily of a university community, and the subject matter (and treatment of that subject matter) reflects the interests of the creators and audience.


When does a person submit material to The Mockingbird?
The Mockingbird seeks literary submissions during the fall semester. Calls for literary submissions usually appear in mid-September, with a deadline of late October. Presented art comes from annual competitions held by the Department of Art and Design.

When does The Mockingbird appear?
The Mockingbird usually appears in mid- to late April. We hold an annual Jack Higgs Reading to promote the magazine and honor the magazine's first faculty adviser. The Mockingbird is designed by the ETSU Press.

How do I submit material to The Mockingbird?
You can download an entry form for literary content on our submissions page. Students in the Art and Design Department are made aware of the competition centered there.

How do I get a copy of The Mockingbird if I am not on the ETSU campus?
We have a limited number of current issues and back issues available. Please contact us about specific back issues to determine their availability; issues, both current and back issues, cost $6 each to cover our shipping and handling costs. Recent issues are available for download on our Archives page.

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