Butler’s MFA Creative Writing program is host to an online and print literary magazine, Booth. After only three years, Booth had already been praised as “one of the most exciting, fresh, and irreverent new journals out there” (Aja Gabel). Contributors include Kim Addonizio, Robin Black, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Martone, and interviews with Jonathan Franzen, George Saunders, and Charles Simic. Booth offers opportunities for MFAs to help curate and edit content, and to interview visiting writers for potential publication. We also offer MFA students a course in literary publishing, as well as multiple internship opportunities related to all publishing projects.
Manuscripts—or The MSS, as it was called in the beginning—published its first volume in the Fall of 1933. The then quarterly magazine which featured almost entirely written work with a few woodblock prints, sold for 15 cents a copy.
Since the first issue, Manuscripts has published over a hundred issues and has evolved into the free, annual, and award-winning magazine that publishes the work of Butler students each year. Starting the fall of 2014, Manuscripts is accepting submissions from any Indiana undergraduate students.
Manuscripts, as a Butler student organization, holds multiple Open Mic Night events throughout the academic year on Butler’s campus. All students, regardless of their major, are invited to share their creative writing and music.