Oakwood is SDSU's literary and art magazine, edited by SDSU students.
In 1975, former SDSU student Doug Cockrell and English Professor David Evans started a literary magazine that not only included the creative writing of SDSU students, but also the work of regional writers. For several decades it became primarily a student literary magazine, but beginning with the 2017 issue, Oakwood returned to it roots and now includes regional writers and artists.
Today Oakwood includes work from SDSU students of all majors, as well as writers and artists of the broader Great Plains region. The journal is published in the spring with funding from the English and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, the Students' Association and generous donors.
SDSU students of all majors are welcome to submit works in the following categories: fiction, poetry, paintings, non-fiction, drawings, photographs of original sculpture, essays and black and white or color photographs. We also accept submissions from writers and artists throughout South Dakota and the states adjoining it, as well as those from the region who now live elsewhere. The journal is published in the spring, and guidelines are available at our submissions website. We typically accept submissions from November to January.
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students can enroll in a publishing practicum each spring semester to gain valuable real-world experience in editing, production and publicity. Contact Steven Wingate for more information on enrollment.
Archive and Social Media
Recent issues of Oakwood (beginning 2013) are available electronically on issuu.
Briggs Library, through its Open Prairie archive, has generously begun the process of digitizing and archiving previous issues of Oakwood from the very beginning. You can see those issues here.
Keep up to date with our submission and release cycle by following us on our Facebook page.