Founded in 2011, Border Crossing is a literary and arts journal published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. A print journal for its first four years, Border Crossing went online for its fifth issue and began paying selected authors.
Uniquely situated on the border of the United States and Canada, the journal is committed to publishing the best work submitted by emerging and established writers on both sides of the border and abroad, as well as supporting literacy and the literary arts in the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario.
The editors are especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications. The best way to see what this means is to order a back copy or read the latest issue online. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions are read blind and go through a rigorous editorial process, which involves multiple readings by student and faculty editors at the Lake State Creative Writing Program. As a “teaching journal,” one of the editorial goals is to create editing and publishing opportunities for our English and creative writing students prior to graduation. Visual art is only considered from residents of Michigan and Ontario in order to provide an outlet where area artists may publicize their work.
The journal has featured talented Canadian, American, and Mexican writers and artists whose work has appeared in many widely-read publications, including the Best American series and W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin anthologies, as well as The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, Pleaides, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Decanto Magazine in England, and The Canadian Federation of Poetry. Additionally, the editors have published a number of authors for whom Border Crossing was their first publication, and they are always very excited about discovering new talent.
On an annual basis, the editorial board nominates selected extraordinary pieces for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. They also send fiction to the O. Henry Prize Anthology, in which the journal has been listed alongside other publications with a serious commitment to short fiction. Beginning with volume 5, the first online edition, the editors will also nominate work for the storySouth Million Writers Award and the Best of the Net Anthology series. Finally, with volume 5, the journal has begun featuring selected authors. Every year, after all of the work in a genre has been accepted, one author is chosen in each genre for a paid feature. Featured authors will receive prominent placement in the journal, a published interview with the editors, and a $100 honorarium. One artist from Michigan or Ontario will continue to be featured each year and receive the same benefits.
vol. 6, 2016 Co-Editors
Julie Brooks Barbour, Poetry and Art
Mary McMyne, Fiction and Art
Jillena Rose, Nonfiction and Art
2015-2016 Student Interns
Daisy Fentiman, Fiction
Ana Robbins, Nonfiction
Katherine del Rose, Fiction