Students at WWU Launch Online Literary Magazine

“Novelletum” is a Latin word referring to a location planted with young trees or vines. Now William Woods University students have created their own place for young writers and artists to grow.

The new online literary and visual arts magazine, Novelletum, can be viewed at

“The purpose of the site is to provide our students with an outlet for publishing their writing and visual art,” said Dr. Katricia Pierson, assistant professor of English, who serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine.

The magazine provides an outlet for non-professional writers and artists, especially undergraduate students. Novelletum welcomes unpublished works of prose, poetry, critical essay, reviews, blogs and varied visual arts year round.

“Quite interestingly,” Pierson said, “we have received publications and visual art from several states in the nation as well as from other countries such as Ireland, the Philippines and Sweden. For our students, it is an experience dealing with the public and being an editor for a global publication.”

A lot of work went into making the magazine. In 2006, WWU members of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society, attended a workshop about designing and publishing literary magazines. Leslie Pritchard, a junior from Jefferson City, Mo., began the construction of the website with the help of Jake Mackey, who perfected the layout. As a result, Novelletum was born.

The staff consists of several WWU students, including prose and nonfiction editor, Pritchard; visual arts editor, Kristin Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; poetry editor, Amber Ridinger of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and webmaster, Jacob Mackey of Mexico, Mo.

Among the students whose work is featured in the first issue are Desiree Franken of Jefferson City, Mo.; Dawson Powell of Mexico, Mo.; Adam Dresden of Quincy, Ill.; Kelsey Barret of Billings, Mo.; Veronica Myers of Mapleton, Ill., and Amanda Herriman of Eldon, Mo.

To learn how to submit a piece, go to and click on the submission guidelines link.

“We will publish in April and November of each year, and if that goes well, may move into quarterly publications,” said Pierson.