national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Notes on Diversity from the Nonfiction Editors

What is diversity and what role does it play in the selection process for a national anthology of undergraduate writing? The 2013 nonfiction editors often found ourselves asking those questions, and here, the four of us share our insights on this broad topic and how taking diversity into consideration influences our work at plain china. […]

Plain Talk from the Fiction Editors

When reading undergraduate writing, the fiction committee hit upon the beauty and power of simple narratives: plain talk. It may look easy, but that’s the trick: it’s not. As writers who are inherently new to the task of creative writing, we often find it difficult to find the balance—or even the restraint—to be plain. After […]

Issue Six Highlights: Fiction Winner and a 2013 Best American Essay

The sixth issue of plain china 2012 went live September 1, and it’s a doozy! It features the Bennington Writing Prize in Fiction, selected by judge Sue Miller and written by Cody Greene of Elon College, first published in SUNY Rockland’s First Inkling journal. Vicki Yang’s piece, “Field Notes on Hair,” has been selected for Best American Essays 2013; a […]