The international literary journal by, for, and about undergraduates.

Hi there.

We’re The Oakland Arts Review, an international undergraduate literary and arts journal out of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Our ambition is to become one of the most prominent literary journals publishing undergraduate writers throughout the world.

We have just begun taking submissions for Volume 6, Winter 2021. Students can submit work for free by going to “SUBMIT” above. We accept literary nonfiction, fiction, poetry, comics, and art by talented undergraduates all over the globe. Throw your hat in the ring! We can’t wait to read it.

You also might want to take a look at our fourth volume, Winter 2019. We’re really proud of it. 

Volume 4 / Winter 2019

In this issue, student work engages contemporary political and cultural issues. “The Morning” is a poem about the morning after the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. The author of the piece is Ellie Long, an undergraduate student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Other works that consider racial discrimination and police brutality, such as “I Did Not Ask” by Ifeoluwa Bada (University of Texas) and “Negro Paranoia” by Khadijah Green (Christian Brothers University). For the first time OAR is printing a piece entirely in Spanish, followed by its translation (“Los Orishos” by Christoper Cannon of Case Western Reserve University). A finely written short story by Nakul Grover (Penn State) entitled “Mrs. Nair” considers the challenges of assimilation. Finally, pieces like the short story “Pretty” by Miranda Jacobson (Sierra Nevada College) and the prose poem “Whole” by McKenna Christian (University of San Diego) are perfectly pitched for the #MeToo era.

As with previous issues, Vol. 4 includes international students and students from Oakland University. We have pieces from students at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Oxford University, and University of British Columbia. Other colleges represented include Brown, UT Austin, College of William and Mary, Florida State, Univ. of Arizona, Louisiana State Univ., Macalester College, Warren Wilson, Brandeis, The New School, Indiana University, UC-Riverside, University of San Diego, and more.

What’s next?

We are thrilled to be receiving our sixth round of submissions from talented writers, and hope you’ll consider adding your voice to the mix.

Like the idea of a journal devoted to celebrating young writers? Help us get the word out! You can share this website on Facebook, encourage friends to submit, or send us suggestions and your thoughts about what you’d like to see in an undergraduate journal.

The best thing you can do? SUBMIT. It’s free.

The second best thing? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and share us with your friends.

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