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Issue 4 | Spring 2023

Issue 4 (Spring 2023) of Catholic University's creative writing magazine is now available! Click here to read contributions by students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Join the Staff

We would like to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to consider joining the Vermilion staff. As a staff, we have a rich diversity of strengths and interests. You do not need to be a scholar of aesthetics or an expert on all things poetry to be an essential member of the team. Everyone on the staff writes for the website and participates in the editorial discussions of the submissions, but the daily work of the magazine is divided among three teams: social media, website, and events. We are looking for people who are interested in developing skills ranging from website design through Google Sites to social media publicity and event planning. To join the staff, enroll in ENG 220: Literary Magazine Production I (ENG 220 and 221 also count towards the Writing Minor) for the Fall semester. We look forward to working with you next semester!


Submissions are now open for Issue 5 | Winter 2023. Regardless of your field of study and self-assessed skill level (which is oftentimes hypercritical), we invite you to submit your work. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and screenwriting and theatrical writing. 

All poetry submissions by current undergraduates (including Spring 2023 graduates) for the Winter 2023 issue are automatically considered for the O’Hagan Poetry Prize.

Vermilion is The Catholic University of America’s official literary magazine. Our purpose is to encourage artistic work in our community by providing a platform for artists to share their work with the public. Every winter and spring, we publish a full issue that showcases artistic pieces created by members of the university community. All members of the Catholic University community are welcome to submit, including graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

If you want to keep up with the artistic work in our community, consider following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter. 

Good luck with the end of the semester! We hope you enjoy the summer and take some time to enjoy Vermilion

Wishing you all the best, 
Jessica Wyeth & Matthew Sawtelle