Humboldt State University

Literary Magazine: Toyon

Toyon, the literary magazine of the English Department at Humboldt State University, has been run by students since its inception in 1954. Each year, more than three hundred submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and artwork are read and viewed by students enrolled in the course associated with its publication. Not all works selected will be published due to space and budget constraints. For more information on Toyon, send an email to


Submission Guidelines

2016 Deadline: October 2, 2015

Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: Under 10 pages, 12-point font, double spaced. Limit 5 stories per author.

Literary Criticism: Under 20 pages, 12-point font, double spaced. Limit 1 essay per author.

Poetry: No line limit, 12-point font, single spaced. Limit 10 poems per poet.

Art: Photos, pen and ink, lithographs, drawings, charcoal; 8.5” x 11” or smaller, reproducible in black and white.

Rules and Formalities:

  • Send your text-based submission to in a doc format; send art as a JPEG or PDF attachment.
  • On a separate cover sheet or in the text of the email, provide your name, address, phone number, email address, the title of the piece, and a 40- to 70-word autobiography. Only one cover sheet is necessary for each author even if you are submitting more than one piece.
  • Number the pages of your text(s) and include the title of the submission at the top of each page. Also, indicate the genre for which you wish your worked to be considered.
  • Please do not put your name on the actual work, so that submissions can be blind-reviewed and selected on merit alone.
  • No fee required.

Every submission is automatically considered for the following awards, which are accompanied by a monetary prize:

  • Jody Stutz Award for best poem
  • Richard Cortez Day Advisor's Prize for the best work of fiction
  • Toyon Staff Award for the best work of visual art
  • Redwood Empire Mensa Award for the best essay of creative non-fiction
  • McGaughey Award for the best piece of literary criticism