The Broken Plate

The Broken Plate is Ball State University’s international literary magazine, accepting submissions from both students and outside writers for publication in the spring semester. The submission period is from Sept. 1st to Oct. 31st. Currently, we accept creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.

Notice how I used the first person plural there? Yes, I am lucky enough to be on the staff for this year’s issue, as a poetry editor. Joining me in the poetry ring will be Writers Community’s own Layne Ransom, along with some of our wonderful classmates. Additionally, Writers Community officer Elysia Smith has been named Lead Fiction Editor. We are all excited to join the ranks of current Writers Community members, such as Ashley Ford, Jeremy Bauer, and Ryan Rader , who have served on the Broken Plate staff.

Have you seen the past two issues? Oh you should! Five bucks will get you both as a special on the Broken Plate website. First person to do a guest post wins a copy of both from me for FREE. E-mail writersatbsudotedu for more info.

I encourage all Writers Community members to represent themselves and the WC well by submitting and hopefully publishing in this year’s issue of The Broken Plate. You could join the likes of Mark Halliday, Jimmy Chen, and Judith Skillman, among others, as writers in past issues of The Broken Plate. Best of luck.

Submission Guidelines


Announcement: Reading With Shanna Compton, Jennifer Knox, and Peter Davis

As part of their Bloof Books tour, Shanna Compton, Jennifer Knox and Peter Davis will be reading at Ball State University at 7:30 on September 14th in Bracken Library 104. This reading will be helped out by our organization.

These writers have also allowed us one really cool opportunity: for a BSU writer to open for them (about five minutes). To make this fair, we have decided to let those three fabulous writers choose the BSU writer. This is how it will work: send us a poem/short fiction piece or two and we’ll forward it to them. They will choose one writer to read for them. Simple. Send submissions to

To get psyched for this reading, here are the writers’ websites:

Jennifer L. Knox

Shanna Compton

Peter Davis

Be sure to check out their writing and save your money, you’re gonna want their books!

Welcome Back Writers

Dear BSU Writers,
Welcome back. After reviewing last year’s schedule of events and meeting times along with the end-of-the-year surveys, we have some announcements to make to kick off the school year. First, we have decided to move our meetings to Tuesdays at 8 to accommodate the changes of schedule for our meeting place and at the requests of several members, still in the Writing Center (RB 291). If this time is a problem, please let us know so we can keep you involved. We will be meeting starting Tuesday August 24th. As always, please bring something to read, if you so desire, and your writer friends.
Also, we have some events planned, with more information to come in future emails and meetings. These are the tentatively scheduled events in addition to our weekly meetings (all events with be on Tuesdays at 7:30):
– Bake Sale Week of Sept. 6-10 (third week of school; a few days perhaps)
– Faculty Panel: Sept. 21 or 28
– Gala: December 7th
– Another possible bake sale/fundraiser
– Winners Reading
– Faculty/Outside Reading
Don’t forget the blog or our twitter account!
As always, please send us any comments/suggestions/concerns. We look forward to seeing you again and hearing all of your writerly news.
Tyler, Elysia, and Todd