Carlow University Creative Writing (Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops, MFA in Creative Writing Program, Undergrad Literary Journal The Critical Point)

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The MFA in Creative Writing Program is a dual-residency and low-residency program taking place in the U.S. and Ireland. Our students have residencies in Pittsburgh and at Trinity College, Dublin annually and work with Irish and American mentors. We are preparing to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2024 and will publish an anthology of mentors, students, and alumni work to celebrate 20 years of our program. The MFA program also publishes an alumni newsletter THE TRISKELLION twice a year. We hope to publish books in the future. The Madwomen in the Attic program publishes the work of its participants through two avenues, Voices from the Attic and MadBooks. Voices from the Attic is an annual anthology featuring the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of the Madwomen in the Attic as selected by an editorial team of Madwomen faculty, Madwomen students, and Carlow University undergraduates. The winning poem from the annual Patricia Dobler Poetry Award (a national, single-poem contest for women writers aged 40+ without a full-length book of poetry) is published in Voices. MadBooks is a series dedicated to the publication of books by selected Madwomen in the Attic, particularly the works of the senior population of the Madwomen, authors in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 90s. The Madwomen program has also collaborated with other Carlow programs on special publications, most recently, Dionne's Story, Volume III, an anthology of poetry and prose on sexual and domestic violence, co-published with Carlow's Project SAFE. The Critical Point is Carlow's Undergraduate Literary magazine. It features the work of Carlow undergrads and is edited by those undergrads.

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Carlow University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Tess Barry
Contact Title
Program Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program
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Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
Year Founded
Carlow was founded in 1929 (MFA in 2004, MW in 1979, Critical Point in 1988
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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