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MSU’s Inscape literary and arts journal seeks submissions for 2020-21 edition

Inscape LogoMorehead State University students and alumni who have a way with words or a passion for creating visual art will once again have a great opportunity to showcase their work.  

Inscape, Morehead State University’s juried literary and visual art journal, is accepting submissions. Competitions are being held for the best cover design, the best visual art and best in writing. The deadline to submit work is January 22, 2021.  

Prizes are being offered in both visual art competitions, with the first-place prize of $100 for the selected cover design. A $100 award will be given for the best artwork submitted for inclusion in the publication. Second, third and honorable mention prizes of $75, $50 and $25, respectively, will also be awarded. You must be an MSU student to enter the visual art competitions.  

Students and alumni may submit poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction for inclusion in the publication. For the 2020-21 Inscape, most of the art and written work will have been developed during quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it a unique edition.  

Prizes of $100 for first place will be awarded in the poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction categories. You must be an MSU student to be awarded a literary prize, but submissions for inclusion in the magazine are also open to non-students.  

Inscape is an annual, student-led MSU publication with a long history of cutting edge visual and literary art. Media and genres of work range from prose, poetry, short story, long narrative, nonfiction and creative essays to photography, printmaking, painting, design, drawing, illustration, digital art, mixed media, pottery and sculpture.  

“Inscape has a six-decade history at MSU as a student-led, interdisciplinary publication with the editors consisting of our students. The majority, if not all, of the annual contributors are students, and occasionally alums, from a variety of majors, minors and graduate programs,” said Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, professor of art at Morehead State University. “Inscape is a phenomenal opportunity for MSU students to have their literary and visual works published in a professional journal at the start of their emerging careers as scholars and creatives.”  

The publication is coordinated by the Departments of Art & Design and English. Additional information, a complete list of guidelines on the competitions and information on ways to support Inscape are available at  

For more information on MSU’s Department of Art & Design, call 606-783-2766 or visit To learn about MSU’s Department of English, call 606-783-9448 or go to