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Writing Center

Writing at Lake Forest

Great writers have bright futures. Students have several opportunities to shine through their outstanding writing. The College encourages you to think about how you might showcase your talent.

Writing Contests

All-College Writing Contest

The All-College Writing Contest was created to encourage interest and excellence in scholarly writing by all undergraduate students enrolled at the College. The contest is juried by faculty members from a variety of disciplines. 

First-Year Writing Contest

The winning author of the First-Year Writing Contest earns academic distinction recognized at the Fall Honors Convocation. The winning essay is published in Lake Forest Papers, and the winner receives a prize.

ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest

Each year, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) invites English Departments at member schools to submit outstanding student short stories. Interested students, who need not be English majors, should contact the English and Creative Writing Department in January or February of each year for more information. Visit the ACM’s website on the contest for more information and to see past winners.

Student-run publications

Collage and Tusitala

Our two literary magazines, Collage and Tusitala, publish creative writing by students from a wide variety of disciplines. The difference? Collage publishes writing in a variety of foreign languages; Tusitala 
publishes the varying voices in English.


Our undergraduate research journal that publishes the very best of life science scholarship conducted by Lake Forest students. The journal celebrates and highlights the academic accomplishments of students achieved within the research-rich classrooms and student-centered research labs of Lake Forest College faculty. 

The Stentor

Our college newspaper was first published during the 1886-87 academic year and continues to serve as the students’ weekly journal of record. The newspaper covers features, news, editorials, sports, and offers a voice to the students of the College



The English Writing Program

The Lake Forest College English and Creative Writing Department offers the writing track, which allows students to take writing classes in their genre of choice and to complement their writing by reading classic and contemporary literature.


Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books

Lake Forest College Press publishes in the broad spaces of Chicago studies. Our imprint, &NOW Books, publishes innovative and conceptual literature, and serves as the publishing arm of the &NOW writers’ conference and organization. The press also sponsors the Lake Forest College Press Lecture & Reading Series.


Lake Forest Literary Festival

The English and Creative Writing Department hosts the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, in which contemporary writers showcase their newest fiction. Guests have included Raymond Federman and Shelley Jackson.

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize

Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.