national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Publish your review: SUNY-Geneseo launches National Book Review Month

This February, SUNY Geneseo, home of Gandy Dancer, has launched NaRMo: National Book Review Month. Getting involved is simple: read a book or journal, write a review (100-1000 words), and post it to the NaRMo website. Find tips on review writing on the website, and read some great reviews already posted. In addition to books, […]

Publish your review: SUNY-Geneseo launches National Book Review Month

This February, SUNY Geneseo, home of Gandy Dancer, has launched NaRMo: National Book Review Month. Getting involved is simple: read a book or journal, write a review (100-1000 words), and post it to the NaRMo website. Find tips on review writing on the website, and read some great reviews already posted. In addition to books, […]

plain china Finds New Home with VCU

  After publishing the plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing series for the past six years, Bennington College is very pleased to announce the transfer of the anthology to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), effective for the 2015 journal year and beyond. VCU, based in Richmond, Virginia, has 32,000 undergraduates; the anthology will be based in the VCU Student […]

Ian Frazier on Place and Other Matters

  Ian Frazier has written eleven books, including On the Rez, Great Plains, and Travels in Siberia. His work has appeared in The New Yorker since 1974, and he has also contributed feature articles and humorous essays to The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and Outside. He was the guest editor for […]

Pam Houston on Reading and Writing

  Pam Houston is the author of eight books, including the novel Sight Hound and the short story collection Cowboys Are My Weakness, named a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have been selected for The Best American Short Stories 1999, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. […]

Writing Prize Judges for 2014

  Bennington Writing Prizes of $250 are awarded in each of the writing genres; three issues of the online anthology feature a poem, story, or essay selected by well-known practitioners in their respective fields. Winning works will appear in the April, September, and December 2015 issues; other issues will feature Honorable Mentions selected by the […]

We Love This Poem!

  When we look at work for plain china, we poetry editors do our best to remain objective—not to let personal taste play too much into the selection process. We try not to preface our discussion of work with such phrases “I like this!” or “I love this!” Instead, we aim to articulate our understanding of structure […]

Works for Me! On Reading Fiction

  The editors of plain china aim to find the best undergraduate writing. But what exactly does this entail? How would you define great writing? What do you look for when you read a story—in plain china or for yourself? Here’s a glimpse at what compels the fiction committee:   Joey Grantham: Raymond Carver once […]

On Endings

I was recently on the phone with a friend, talking about editing. I’d just finished my weekly reading for plain china and had endings on my mind. I had been complaining that many of the pieces we read, often with excellent structure and compelling writing, ended like emotionally intense conversations, when both parties have said […]

2014 FUSE Conference at Bennington

Undergraduate editors and faculty advisors from around the country will gather to let their voices be heard at the 2014 Forum for Undergraduate Students and Editors (FUSE) Conference. It will be held November 6th and 7th at Bennington College in Vermont, where we will aim to challenge ourselves to overleap boundaries and broaden horizons by asking: What’s the Big Idea? We invite you […]