national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Falling Headlong Into a New Season

Hello from your new co-editors in chief!

Fall is  especially exciting for us—it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on a new cycle of the anthology. This time around we’ve received 69 undergraduate literary journals from a wide range of schools across the country. Twelve Bennington College student editors will be working on the journal in three genre groups: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The work promises to be stimulating and rewarding—as always.

In case you took a vacation from technology this summer and missed our last few issues, make sure to check them out here. Try to catch up quickly though, because you don’t want to miss our September issue, out today, which features a fabulous fresh crop of stories, poems, and essays. To top it off, “Field Notes on Hair,” the nonfiction piece this month, has been selected for Best American Essays 2013. Click through the link to read about the anthology, which will be released October 8. The piece originally appeared in First Inkling, an international journal of undergraduate writing based at SUNY Rockland.

New issues of plain china 2012 will continue to be released monthly through March, so keep your eyes out for our regular reminders! We welcome your feedback, and encourage you to share our work with others. Contact us if you want to subscribe to plain china; we’ll send you a heads-up for each issue. Be sure to like our Facebook page if you haven’t already, and invite your friends to do the same.

Here’s to happy reading and new beginnings!

Margaret and Mariyama


About the editors-in-chief:

Margaret Sweeney is a senior studying literature and Spanish. She will be embarking on projects in translation and fiction writing over the course of the fall and winter, and hopes to find some time in there to enjoy the changing leaves. This is her third year with plain china, and she’s as excited as ever.

Mariyama Scott is a junior whose life goal is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps. She also studies literature and Spanish and intends to do a senior translation project, for which she’ll prepare by running off to South America for the spring and summer. This is her second year with plain china.