Yahara Literary Journal

The Yahara Journal is Madison College's student-produced fine arts and literary journal. The publication consists entirely of poetry, prose and artwork created by MATC students. The Yahara Journal student organization is also a driving force behind many events around the campuses related to writing and art. The Yahara Journal sponsors poetry readings, art shows, contests and more, all in hopes of inspiring  students to enjoy literature and art and to create their own masterpieces.

How to submit your work

Writers and artists can submit their work to the Yahara Journal using our online submission form. All work will be considered for publication in our annual journal, which is published at the end of the spring semester.

1994 Yahara Journal Cover

The Yahara Journal started out as a newspaper pullout published on March 15, 1994. Sponsored by the student newspaper, the S.L.A.N.T., the eight page collection of artwork, poetry and prose was called "Title Unknown." The editor-in-chief, Robb Westby, left the publication untitled, asking the readers to determine a name.

On April 25, 1995, a second newspaper pullout titled "The Yahara Journal" was published by the S.L.A.N.T.’s successor, The Clarion. In 1996, however, the Yahara Journal broke away from the newspaper and was published as a staple-bound booklet under the advisory of Karen Faster and John Galligan. 

Some of the biggest changes for the Yahara Journal occurred in 2001, when the publication transformed from a product of creative writing classes to a collaborative creation of a student organization. Rather than relying on students in specific classes to write and edit the content, the staff editors accepted pieces from all interested students. Also in 2001, the Yahara Journal lost its staples and was published as a perfect-bound paperback book for the first time. 

By 2002, the small student organization expanded beyond the publication of our little book and began holding events to promote writing and the visual arts. On September 17, 2003, the Yahara Journal adopted the following mission statement to guide the growth of the organization:

The Yahara Journal will support learning and creativity at Madison College through the publication of a print journal and the sponsorship of events and activities that facilitate growth in writing and visual arts.

How to join

If you would like to be a part of the Yahara Journal staff, please fill out our interest form and request membership at our page on The LINK. Any student enrolled in at least one credit may become a staff member. 

If you would like more information about the Yahara Journal and its staff, send your questions to yaharajournal@madisoncollege.edu, or stop by one of our meetings. 

Meetings take place every Tuesday during the school year at 4 p.m. in Truax Room B1260.


Writing and Artwork Contests

The Yahara Journal holds a variety of contests throughout the school year. Deadlines are typically early in December and mid-March. First-place winners receive $50 and their work is considered a submission for publication in the Yahara Journal. For more information about our contests and entry details, see the online submission form. 

Scary Story and Artwork Contest

Celebrate Halloween by entering the Yahara Journal's Scary Story and Artwork Contest. First-place winners receive $25 and select entries are included in a chapbook to be handed out at our Halloween celebration.

Bad Love Poem Contest

Have you ever written a love poem that now seems kind of silly ... even embarrassing. We know the feeling. So we decided to do a tribute to these long-forgotten stanzas for Valentine's Day. Use our online entry form to send us your sappiest, silliest, most embarrassing love poems. We'll draw three submissions at random to be our contest winners and will award each winner a $25 gift card and a box of chocolates.


2020 Spring Writing and Artwork Contest

1) "3 Facebook Statuses of my Auntie Kayoko, Poorly Translated by an Algorithm," Cameron Schneberger
2) "Unable" Katherine Wagner

1) "Boy in the Woods," Christopher Tavarez
2) "Figs and Wasps," Holly Brissette

1) "Blue," Megan Klinger

2019 Fall Writing Contest

1) "Restaurant Code Switching is Like," Denae Brown
2) "Space on a Train," Marit K. Bastian
3) "In My House," Emily Lutz

1) "Death Daintily," Daniel Reschke
2) "Serially Inclined," Kevin Rault

2019 Fall Art Show Best of Show

First place – “If Blind Tom Were Alive Today,” Merle Sternberg

Second place – “Separation,” Botran Vo

Third place – “Underwater Blues,” Quinn Bucker

2019 Scary Story and Artwork Contest Winners

Story winner – "A Testimony to the End of the World," Megan Robinson
Artwork winner – "Siren of the Deep," Nikki Johnson

2019 Spring Writing Contest Winners

1st place – "The Unbearable Lightness of Waiting," Casey Olson
2nd place – "A Year Without You," Lindsey Wilson
3rd place – "A Room of Men," Ally Lord

2019 Art Show Best of Show

1st place – "Padme Senate Gown replica from Attack of the Clones," Dana Ponce
2nd place – "Floating," Emma Karbusicky
3rd place – "Wisdom," Anna Krylova
Finalists: "Self Portrait," Irsema Villarreal; "Intervention," Jazmine San Juan; "Secret Garden," Tran Vo; "Waves," Antilica Xiong; "For Humanity," Steven Andriantsiratahina; "Raven de Los Muertos," Patricia "Raven" Fabal.

2019 Bad Love Poem Contest

1st place – Jakob Yager

2018 Fall Writing and Artwork Contest

1) "I Am," Rhianna Prine
2) "Earth is No Place for Me," Denae Brown
3) "Making Fun of You," William Moore

1) "This Scrap Paper: A Postmortem Reminder of Perseverance," Lindsey Green
2) "Hobbies of a Scientist," Katherine Severt
3) "Before Nightfall," Drake Williams

1) "Infinite Day-Dream," Milan Aori
2) "Dieu Du Fea De Jour," Victor Gear


The Yahara Journal is now in audiobook form. Listen to authors and Yahara Journal staff read all the selections from this year's book. In addition, some of the artists have joined in by sharing some background about their work.