Towers Literary Magazine

Publishing original work since 1939, Towers is Northern Illinois University’s annual literary and creative arts magazine. Printed every spring, Towers is named after the university’s Altgeld Hall, the "Castle on the Hill."

Originally created by the Xi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the journalistic fraternity of Nu Iota Pi, the student staffed organization has spread throughout the entire NIU campus.

The magazine currently publishes five genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and artwork. Any full-time Northern Illinois University student, regardless of major, is welcome to submit in any genre.

Each student’s piece is reviewed based on originality, quality, and student interest.

 

General Submission Guidelines (includes coversheet and running header format)

Poetry Submission Guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Guidelines

Fiction (short stories and drama) Submission Guidelines

Digital and Traditional Art Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

  • After entries have been formatted correctly, they must be submitted via email to towers.magazine@gmail.com. No hard copies are necessary.
  • Entries must be emailed in Rich Text Format.

Coversheet Format

  • Entries should include a coversheet with the following information:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number (Towers may need to contact you regarding your entry; please be available)
  • Email Address
  • Word Count of Entry
  • Category of Entry (Nonfiction, Fiction, etc.)
  • Title of Entry
  • Brief Description of Entry (Max. 100 words)

Running Header Format

  • Each page of the entry, excluding the coversheet, should contain a header (on the top right corner of the page) with the entry's title (abbreviated if necessary) followed by the page number. Please note, once again, that the author's name may not appear anywhere in the work.

Note: Towers digital archive will soon be moving to Huskie Commons. We'll post more information here when it becomes available.

Issue 96 - 2016

Issue 95 - 2015

Issue 94 - 2014

Issue 93 - 2013

Issue 92 - 2012

Issue 91 - 2011

Issue 90 - 2010

Issue 89 - 2009

Issue 88 - 2008

Issue 87 - 2007

Issue 86 - 2006

Issue 85 - 2005

Issue 84 - 2004

Issue 83 - 2003

Issue 82 - 2002

Issue 81 - 2001

Issue 80 - 2000

Issue 79 - 1999

Issue 78 - 1998

Issue 77 - 1997

Issue 76 - 1996

Issue 75 - 1995

Issue 74 - 1994

Issue 73 - 1993

Issue 72 - 1992

Issue 71 - 1991

Issue 70 - 1990

Issue 69 - 1989

Issue 68 - 1988

Issue 67 - 1987 (Winter)

Issue 66 - 1987 (Spring)

Issue 65 - 1986 (Spring)

Issue 64 - 1985 (Winter)

Issue 63 - 1985 (Spring)

Issue 62 - 1984 (Fall)

Issue 61 - 1984 (Fall)

Issue 60 - 1983 (Winter)

Issue 59 - 1983 (Spring)

Issue 58 - 1982 (Spring)

Issue 57 - 1981 (Fall)

Issue 56 (Not Found)

Issue 55 - 1980 (Fall)

Issue 54 - 1980 (Spring)

Issue 53 - 1979 (Fall)

Issue 52 (Not Found)

Issue 51 - 1978 (Fall)

Issue 50 - 1978 (Spring)

Issue 49 - 1977 (Fall)

Issue 48 - 1977 (Spring)

Issue 47 - 1976 (Fall)

Issue 46 - 1976 (Spring)

Issue 45 - 1975 (Fall)

Issue 44 - 1975 (Spring)

Issue 43 - 1974 (Winter)

Issue 42 - 1974 (Spring)

Issue 41 - 1973 (Fall)

Issue 40 - 1973 (Spring)

Issue 39 - 1972 (Fall)

Issue 38 - 1972 (Spring)

Issue 37 - 1972 (Winter)

Issue 36 - 1971 (May)

Issue 35 - 1971 (January)

Issue 34 - 1970 (May)

Issue 33 - 1970 (January)

Issue 32 - 1969 (May)

Issue 31 - 1969 (January)

Issue 30 - 1968 (May)

Issue 29 - 1968 (January)

Issue 28 - 1967 (May)

Issue 27 - 1967 (January)

Issue 26 - 1966 (May)

Issue 25 - 1966 (January)

Issue 24 - 1965 (May)

Issue 23 - 1965 (January)

Issue 22 - 1964 (May)

Issue 21 - 1964 (January)

Issue 20 - 1963 (May)

Issue 19 - 1963 (January)

Issue 18 - 1962

Issue 17 - 1961

Issue 16 - 1960

Issue 15 - 1959

Issue 14 - 1958

Issue 13 - 1957

Issue 12 - 1956

Issue 11 - 1955

Issue 10 - 1954

Issue 9 - 1953

Issue 8 - 1952

Issue 7 - 1951

Issue 6 - 1950

Issue 5 -1949

Issue 4 - 1948

Issue 3 - 1947

Issue 2 -1940

Issue 1 - 1939

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

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