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The Mountain Laurel is dedicated to ensuring the quality publication of literary works and works of art by the students of North Greenville University, as well as those of individuals affiliated with the campus. Our magazine is published in the Spring of every year.

Examples of literary works we accept include poetry, fiction, essays, nonfiction, and drama.

Examples of works of art we accept include but are not limited to digital photography, paint, ink, and photographs of 3D art (such as pottery).


It's easy to submit.

1. Before you submit, PLEASE remember to read the submission guidelines, as your submission may be disregarded if it does not fit the necessary specifications.

2. Download, print out, or pick up a submission cover sheet. If yours is a literary submission, then fill out the literary submission cover sheet. If yours is an art submission, then fill out the art submission cover sheet.

3. Turn in your submitted work and the submission cover sheet to The Mountain Laurel. You may do this (1) by attaching both files to an e-mail addressed to themountainlaurel@ngu.edu or themountainlaurel@gmail.com OR (2) by turning in hard copies of both your submitted work and the submission cover sheet in one of the brightly colored Mountain Laurel submission boxes. These boxes are in prominent places around campus, such as the cafeteria lobby, White Hall, and the library.

We look forward to seeing your work!


The purpose of The Mountain Laurel is to produce a collection of prose, poetry, and visual art that is both technically sound in craftsmanship and creative in content.

The first act of God recorded is the act of creation.  Our goal enables us to reflect His own nature. The Mountain Laurel strives to demonstrate the creativity with which God has endowed humans as "image bearers" of His nature.

 The Judging Process

All submissions to The Mountain Laurel are accepted. They go through a blind screening process that begins with the current Mountain Laurel staff. A minimum of three staff members read each submission and rank it on a scale of 1-3. Submissions with a ranking of 1 definitely proceed to the professional judges. Submissions with a ranking of 3 are those that The Mountain Laurel would NOT consider publishing. Submissions with a ranking of 2 could go either way, and are usually reread by more staff for further consideration.

After being screened by the staff, the best submissions (1's and some 2's) are sent off to their respective judges. Each judge is highly qualified to evaluate either poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art specifically.

Get to Know the Judges

These were our judges for the 2009-2010 Mountain Laurel. We make certain to find highly qualified and experienced professionals in each category.

Art: Sue Grier, originally from New Mexico, and her husband, Gary, moved from Columbia, SC to the Asheville area in 2004. Sue has been working in clay since 1984 and currently teaches part-time at Clemson University. Her pieces are included in the permanent collec­tions of the City of Columbia, SC and USC Sumter as well as in many private collections. She participates in the 'Come To Leicester Studio Tour.' Her exhibition highlights include ACC-SE Spotlight 2007 (Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN), Wood Fired Clay NCECA 2008 (Louisville, KY), the International Orton Cone Box Show 2008 & 2006, and The UP State of Clay, Pickens County Museum, Pickens, SC. In 2008, Sue curated "Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the SC Art Collection" for The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC.

Nonfiction: Katherine R. Cooper, former instructor at NGU, is a Ph.D. student at St. Andrews. After earning a BA in Counseling and an MA in English, she taught English at two universities. She currently lives in Scotland, where she is pursuing a PhD in Early Modern literature. Among her other interests are Lord of the Rings, Pre-Raphaelite art, graphic nov­els, superheroes in film, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and The Inklings. Katherine has presented at four different academic conferences, participated in a four-week NEH institute, and written on the life of Julian of Norwich and Martin Luther. She recently presented a paper on V for Vendetta and Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the Bird and Baby in Greer and is a regular con­tributor to Catapult magazine, an online publication which releases biweekly thematic issues on the implications of following Christ in and through all aspects of culture.

Poetry: Richard Mulkey, Associate Professor of English, has taught at Converse College since 1995. Currently Director of the Converse Creative Writing and MFA programs, Rick for­merly directed the MFA in Creative Writing at Wichita State University. His poem “Quantum Flux” was honored by The Literary Review, receiving the Charles Angoff Award in 2001. He has published four collections including Toward Any Darkness, Before the Age of Reason, and Bluefield Breakdown. His work is anthologized in American Poetry: the Next Generation, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume I, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry; he has individual poems and essays published in Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Literary Review, The Connecticut Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and Verse Daily. Mulkey has been visiting writer at Michigan State, Wichita State, and Radford and has taught writing workshops in the U. S. and Europe.

Fiction: Mike Dellosso found his writer’s voice when he began writing during a family crisis. Following advice from a professional writer, he built a portfolio of writing in church newslet­ters, e-zines, websites, and start-up magazines; he also entered contests, one of which led to a weekly column in his local newspaper. He researched the process of novel writing while read­ing novels to serve as models of excellence in the craft, completing his second novel in time for a writing conference in Philadelphia, where a new contact led him to an agent who helped obtain his first publishing contract. He continues to write suspense novels like The Hunted (TheSuspenseZone.com’s Reviewer’s Choice top 10 books, 2008) and Scream ( Best Christian Thriller of 2009 by Deena Peterson (A Peek at My Bookshelf)). His next novel, Darlington Woods, will appear in May, 2010. Mike is an adjunct professor of English at Lancaster Bible College.

Literary Submissions

1. Follow MLA page format for margins. The header should consist of the title of the work (NOT your last name), a space, and then the page number. If the work is an untitled poem, please put "Untitled Poem" in place of the title.

Note: Titled literary works are preferred.


To Fall ___ 1 

Untitled Poem ___ 1

2. Download TML Literary Submission Coversheet, fill it out, and attach it. This is one of the MOST important steps, as without a coversheet, we will not know who has submitted the work.

3. Submit your work electronically by e-mailing the submission to themountainlaurel@ngu.edu OR by turning in a paper copy to one of the collection boxes around campus. Remember to attach the coversheet to the e-mail or paper copy.

Art Submissions

1. Download TML Art Submission Coversheet from this website, fill it out, and attach it. This is one of the MOST important steps, as without a coversheet, we will not know who has submitted the work.

2. All art submissions must be received electronically by e-mailing the submission to themountainlaurel@ngu.edu, placed in collection boxes around campus, OR submitted in person to the Humanities Department office, Art Department office, TML faculty advisor Dr. Deborah DeCiantis, or the current TML editor.

To All Artists and Writers


For best consideration, all submissions should be in by the Fall deadline. The deadline for the 2010-2011 TML is November 15.

Rights of TML Staff

*Page Layout - TML staff will prepare page layouts using Adobe CS software.  We will select a standard font for literary works. A writer may request a specific type of font necessary for thematic or visual effectiveness.  Such cases will be considered, but the staff reserves the right to make final decisions affecting the appearance of the publication.

   Art entries will be published in full color in a special section of the journal. A high-resolution photograph of art work will appear with a caption listing the title, dimensions, medium, and the artist’s name.  Artists will be invited to view the page proof for their work(s) prior to publication.  If an error in the title, medium, or other details is found, the artist will have the opportunity to correct errors.  If an artist fails to review the proof for his/her artwork by the deadline specified, staff will submit the proof as designed. 

* Minor Editing - In cases where we believe the manuscript contains errors in spelling, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, etc., TML staff will edit the manuscript on our page layouts.  Writers will be given an opportunity to review page proofs (or will be contacted with an e-mail/phone call describing the alteration) before we submit them to the printer.  If the writer indicates that what appeared to be an error was intentional (it should be apparent that such intentional “errors” have a specific purpose and effectiveness within the piece), the writer may correct the proof.  If a writer does not review the page proof by the deadline communicated to him/her, editing changes made by staff will remain in the final published version.

* Inappropriate Content - In cases where a work of visual art or literature includes content (thematic material, images, symbols, and/or words) which may be deemed inappropriate for a Christian university publication, the artist/writer will be invited to submit an altered version.  If the artist/writer declines the opportunity to edit his/her work, the work may be disqualified.