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Readers keep Border Crossing alive and in circulation. Please help support the literary and visual arts in the Eastern U.P. and Ontario by ordering a copy. Tell your friends about us and keep us going!


About us

Founded in 2011, Border Crossing is a literary and arts journal published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. Uniquely situated on the border of the United States and Canada, we're 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.

We're 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 we mean by this is to order a copy of our latest issue. Fiction 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 our main 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 publish their work.

Our first four issues have 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, New England Review, Pleaides, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Decanto Magazine in England, and The Canadian Federation of Poetry. Additionally, we have published a number of authors for whom Border Crossing was their first publication, and we are always very excited about discovering new talent.

On an annual basis, we nominate selected extraordinary pieces for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Beginning with volume 5, our first online edition, we also nominate work for the storySouth Million Writers Award and the Best of the Net Anthology Series. Beginning with volume 5, we will also be featuring selected authors. Every year, after all of the work in each genre has been accepted, one author will be chosen from those accepted 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. 5, 2015 Editors

Julie Brooks Barbour, Poetry and Art
Mary McMyne, Fiction and Art
Jillena Rose, Nonfiction

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