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The MacGuffin

About The MacGuffin: The MacGuffin, a national literary magazine from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, is a collection of the best poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Contact Information:

Schoolcraft College

18600 Haggerty Road

Livonia, MI  48152

Phone: (734) 462-4400 Ext. 5327



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes Reading period: year-round Response time: 1-4 months Payment: copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1527-2346 Founded: 1984 Issues per year: 3 Average pages: 160 Copy price: $9 Sample price (postpaid): $6 Subscription (Ind) 1 year: $22

Publisher’s description: The MacGuffin, established in 1984, is a national literary magazine published by Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Our 6 x 9” perfect-bound publication features high-quality poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. It also features artwork, including prints, drawings, and black and white photos. The material ranges from traditional to experimental. With its fresh and eclectic content, The MacGuffin attracts a variety of people with many different interests. We publish three issues yearly.

Each year, The MacGuffin offers the National Poet Hunt Contest, with a first place prize of $500 and two honorable mentions. All winning poems, including honorable mentions, are published in the Winter issue of The MacGuffin. Past judges have included Terry Blackhawk, Jim Daniels, Thomas Lynch, and Dorianne Laux. Visit our website or send SASE for contest guidelines.

Recent issues:

The newest issue (Spring/Summer 2014) of The MacGuffin features poetry by h. wallis, Josie Kearns, Lynn Hoggard, David Hathwell, Melinda LaPere, Stephanie Lovegrove, Charlene Langfur, M. Blake, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Richard Dinges, Sarah Grieve, Melinda LePere, and Mary Anne Morefield and fiction and nonfiction by Mark Lewandowski, Lori Eaton, Elizabeth Genovise, Tony Franceschini, Ryan Francis Kelly, Jim Heskett, Kevin Tosca, Susan Kleinman, Colette, Josephn Fazio, George Choundas, Mariah Naylor, Ryan Frisinger, Daniel Johnson, David Langlinais, Suzanne Reeder, Matthew Trammell, David Staudt, Christopher Cervelloni, Megan Roberts, Isaac Black, Wendy Russ, Trisha Leon, Marti Dodge, and Yen Nguyen.

Winter 2014: With another Poet Hunt Contest all wrapped up, The MacGuffin is proud to present this year’s winning poems! Chosen by guest judge Philip Levine, Jeanine Stevens emerges from the fray victorious with her poem “New Delhi” (p. 85). Following this are Jane Bridges’s “Talk of Former Loves” and Alexander Payne Morgan’s “Ulysses: The Thinker”, the 18th contest’s two honorable mentions. This year’s Poet Hunt is also on its way, beginning on April 1 and judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Dennis! Along with the award-winning poetry found in this issue, readers are treated to our usual smorgasbord of short prose.

Ending the Fall season with a read to remember is Vol. XXX, No.1 of The MacGuffin. Filled with imagery of nostalgia and despair—such as Alexis Rhone Fancher’s “Mahogany Funeral Urn” and Randy K. Schwartz’s “Going to the Grave of Son House”—The MacGuffin touches both the mind and the heart. Complementing the vivid poetry and fiction is the colorful artwork of Ally Hodges found on pages 97-100. Works from Pulitzer winner Carl Dennis are featured on pages 65-69. We are delighted to announce that he will be judging our 19th National Poet Hunt Contest which will begin in April!


Last updated 08/25/2014