OVAL X Staff Edition

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Oval Staff Issue 2017

From the hard-working staff of the OVAL X come their own words & works. We are sad to lose a number of these folks to graduation, but know they’ll do great things in the future. Cheers!




The Oval Cleans Up the Clark Fork

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Last Saturday (Earth Day) a group of dedicated students joined Oval Captain Robert Stubblefield for some volunteer hours. Way to go Ovalites! The earth thanks you . . .



Callan Wink Slays

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A BIG “Thank You” to Callan Wink for his spectacular reading and Q&A. Students were left invigorated by his fiction and commentary about a writer’s life. Additionally, The Oval is grateful to Chris Dombrowski for guiding Callan into this monster. Thanks fellas!B77C6B9D-89E0-4A6F-A919-BEF21AE4A7E8

Callan Wink Reading

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Callan Wink Reads Monday, March 27th @ 7pm in the Mansfield Library.

Callan Wink is a writer and fly-fishing guide from Livingston, Montana. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Men’s Journal, Ecotone, The Best American Short Stories and others. He is also an NEA Fellowship recipient.


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Submissions are OPEN for Volume X of The Oval: Undergraduate Literary Magazine

To submit, you must be an undergraduate at The University of Montana.

Submissions are outlined as:

  • Two pieces of fiction or of dramatic works, limited to 5,000 words each, double-spaced, submitted as Word documents.
  • Two pieces of non-fiction, limited to 5,000 words each, double-spaced, submitted as Word documents.
  • Five poems, each must be submitted in separate Word documents.
  • Three pieces of visual art.

An individual may submit to more than one genre.

Under Cover Letter/Biography, please include a brief biography written in third person and your UM student ID number (790). Please note that your submission is incomplete without this brief biography.

Submissions for Volume X open November 15, 2016 and close at midnight on February 22nd, 2017.

Submissions are OPEN!

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img_4365The Oval has opened its submission doors for all you undergraduates. Although stuffed from Thanksgiving, our editors are salivating at the chance to review your work!

Please send us your most delicious creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Submission window closes Feb 15th, 2017. Please refer to our Submission tab or Submittable page for guidelines.


Oval 10 Co-Editors

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We are incredibly excited to announce the co-editors for The Oval Volume 10: Stacial Hill & Hanna Ziegler. Both are experienced Ovalites & literati. Please join me in celebrating their promotion.

Bios and facial recognition as follows. . .

Stacia grew up in Missoula and is currently a senior studying wildlife biology. She was first introduced to creative writing when she was part of Big Sky High School’s literary arts magazines Aerie Big Sky and Aerie International. This spring will mark her third year being on the staff of The Oval at the University of Montana. Some of her favorite things include poodles, rabbits, and Montana rivers. She hopes to pursue creative writing more in the coming years.

Hanna is a Senior in the Creative Writing program with minors in Irish Studies, Linguistics, and Media Arts. She has published two short stories with The Oval and has served as the co-editor for The Oval’s Fiction Board and as a member of the design and layout team. She plans to attend graduate school for book publishing, become a book editor and one day work for Penguin Random House. This is her second year working with The Oval.