call for submissions! deadline extended!
We are happy to announce that the university is funding the production of our 27th issue! The stipend has been cut by two-thirds, so we don't know what will happen next year, but for now, we're still alive!
Please consider submitting new work for our consideration, and please also encourage your classmates, professors, and/or colleagues to send us work, too! See flyer below (hard copies of which are available in the English Department).
the latest issue
We were fortunate that the university again funded our work in the 2016-17 academic year, and we were able to publish #26, which was the first issue to appear in the form of a Tumblr blog (no print, no PDF). See link below. Enjoy!
|Read Issue #26|
previous online issues
In 2014, budget cuts at the university forced us to abandon print and publish #23 of the magazine online.
We also published #24 online in 2015, but the message we seemed to be getting from the university at that time was that there would be no further funding, so the editor reluctantly announced that #24 would be the last issue.
However, since then, the university has provided enough financial support for us to publish additional issues. We are now operating on a year-to-year, wait-and-see basis. Keep your fingers crossed!
Issues #23-25 are available in PDF via the following links.
|Read Issue #25|
|Read Issue #24|
|Read Issue #23|
back issues in print
Issues #1-22 are available for reading in the periodicals collection of the LIU Brooklyn Library (they cannot be checked out).
A limited number of free copies of some of these issues may be available from the Editor. See Wayne Berninger in Humanities 454.
Issues #1-22 are also available for study in the Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
writing assignments from the editor
Visit our Facebook page for a steady stream of tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) "writing assignments."
about the magazine
The university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a primarily commuter campus, it's easy to feel alienated from each other and from the overall campus culture. It's difficult to take advantage of what your campus has to offer if you always have to rush straight to the subway after class. It's hard enough just to get to class on time, let alone find out that the person next to you in the elevator is a great writer. But who knows?
The person sitting behind you in class might be your future favorite novelist or the next [insert name of favorite poet]. If you aren't tuned in to what other people are doing on campus, you're really missing out.
The literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by writers at LIU Brooklyn. One issue has appeared every year since 1992. The magazine showcases a wide variety of work (in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles) by undergrads; grad students; alumni; current and former faculty; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus—not only from English. Our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is to promote not any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.
Watch this blog for the next call for submissions and for news about the publication of each new issue.