Brainchild at AWP 2016

 Justin Martin and Corinne Engber tending to the  Brainchild  Table at AWP

Justin Martin and Corinne Engber tending to the Brainchild Table at AWP

A small group of our staff members were given the opportunity to showcase the 2016 issue of Brainchild at the 2016 AWP conference in Los Angeles! 

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs hosts an annual conference during which hundreds of publications, presses and schools gather to promote new books and other products relating to literature. Outside of the bookfair, there are also countless panels, readings and workshops designed to facilitate learning, showcase new works and promote celebration of the craft. The conference took place over three days and saw saw traffic from over 15,000 people. 

It was a joy getting acquainted with the various publications and meeting so many interesting writers. When not tending to our table, our staff enjoyed hearing readings from acclaimed authors, purchasing new books, and exploring some of the other attractions LA has to offer. 

 People going to and leaving from the LA Convention Center during AWP

People going to and leaving from the LA Convention Center during AWP

We were thrilled to be able to expose so many readers to the wonderful works of literature and art that we have published in Brainchild over the last few years. The magazine was met with overwhelmingly positive reception, from the design to its content. We even managed to distribute the remaining stock of the 2015 issue! We're excited about the possibility of returning to AWP in the coming years.

Did you meet us for the first time at AWP? Or already a reader? Regardless, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news and information about our submission periods.

Interested in receiving a copy of Brainchild 2016? Follow the link below to access the request form.



Brainchild 2016 Available Now

It's finally here. After an intense submission and production process, we are thrilled to announce that the 2016 issue of Brainchild Magazine is now available!

This is, undoubtedly, our most ambitious release to date. With so many quality submissions, we were able to print an issue that is larger in volume than our previous ones. We also took huge steps in elevating our design philosophy, creating a reading experience that is more immersive with each turn of the page. We sincerely hope that all of you, new and returning readers alike, will find in this new issue work that resonates with you on an intimate level. 

Those living at or around Kent State University can find copies in select locations on the campus:

  • Honors College
  • Satterfield Hall
  • Franklin Hall
  • Student Center
  • Eastway
  • Library

For those elsewhere who are interested in receiving a physical copy of the new issue, please follow the link below to fill out the request form. 


Fine Art & Photography - Deadline Extended

Brainchild is extending the submission period for fine art and photography through Friday, February 5th. Please note that only fine art and photography will be accepted during this time. Our editing team is looking forward to expanding the list of works already being considered for the upcoming 2016 issue. Follow the link below to access our Submittable page:


The submission period for prose and poetry ended January 15th. Thank you to everyone who submitted written work--you will be hearing from our team soon if your piece is under consideration.

Questions regarding the submission process can be directed to our staff at

Submission Period For Brainchild 2016 is Now Open

This is the moment you’ve been writing for.

Brainchild, the premiere undergraduate-only literature and arts magazine, is excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 issue. Our submission period will extend from now until January 15, 2016. During this period we will accept and review all submissions in the following artistic categories:

  • Fiction

  • Creative Nonfiction

  • Essays

  • Poetry

  • Fine Art

  • Photography

Submissions are free and simple—you can track your submission’s progress through our system, and we will notify you when we make any decisions regarding your work. Follow the link below to our Submittable page for further details about the type of submissions we’re looking for, guidelines and other recommendations.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity: you will have the ability to have your voice heard and your art seen by a network of readers from over 200 universities. Upon selection of your work, our resident team of editors will collaborate with you in preparing it for final publication. All contributors will also receive two complimentary copies of the finished magazine as thanks for your time and effort.

Please do not hesitate to submit your work. We believe that undergraduate honors students have creative talent that often goes unnoticed, and we are here to provide a new platform with which you can flourish. If your art is of quality, it will find a place with Brainchild.

This year, the Mid-East Honors Association will also sponsor awards for the best piece of poetry and best piece of prose submitted to Brainchild. Each winner will receive a $250.00 cash prize.

Questions regarding the submission process can be directed to our staff at

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