Noctua Review’s Reading Period Now Open!

That’s right, writers and readers, we’re back! Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 Noctua Review. Our theme and guidelines can be found under Submission Guidelines.

“But wait,” you might be saying. “What about the annual contest?”

Well, we’re still hammering out the details, but there may be exciting news to come. We’ll be releasing more info soon, so keep checking back.

Long story short, we’ll be closing our reading period on January 31st, 2016, so keep writing and get revising. We look forward to hearing from all you talented writers!

2015 Contest Results

Thank you to all of our CSU Submissions for the 2015 Noctua Review Contest.  Congratulations to the 1st Place Winners and Honorable Mentions! Fiction: 1st Place  Erin Conn “The Long Road Home” Honorable Mention   Kristen Leigh “Mothers and Daughters”   Flash Collection Poetry: 1st Place  Rayon Lennon  “Gilbert” Honorable Mention   Sean Igoe “The Mystery of Our Senses that Drove Us” Also, I’d like to recognize the judges of the contest.  The poetry portion of the contest was judged by Dr. Jack Bedell, Professor of English and the Creative Writing Coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University.  The fiction portion of our contest was judged by Dr. Darlin’ Neal, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida.  Tremendous thanks to our judges! For anyone interested in attending the 2014-2015 Issue Kick-off Reading at Southern in May 2015, please email Editor Lori DeSanti at !

2015 Noctua Review Creative Writing Contest


Noctua Review is holding its annual contest for creative writing!  We are specifically soliciting fiction and poetry pieces from students who attend ANY of the 4 CSU affiliated schools: WCSU, SCSU, CCSU and ECSU.  First place prize is for $200.00 for each genre!  Please submit entries saved as a PDF file to and keep in mind, the deadline is December 15th, 2014!

Please spread the word!  For further instructions, click on the above 2015 Contest tab!

Good luck!


The Noctua Staff

Enter our Noctua Writing Contest and win $500 (for Connecticut State University-affiliated grad students only)!


SCSU’s Noctua Review is sponsoring a writing contest this year!  Granted, the prize money will not be a stack of Benjamins (unless you count 5 as a stack); rather, a check.  All the same, a check for $500 will be useful to all but the richest 1% of CSU graduate students. 

There are only first prizes in this contest — $500 for Best Short Story (under 3,000 words) and $500 for Best Poem (no line limit).  First prize winners will earn publication in the upcoming (Spring 2014) issue of Noctua Review. and be invited to Noctua‘s Spring Reading on the SCSU campus.



1.  Contest open to ANY current graduate student at WCSU, ECSU, CCSU, and SCSU — no matter your department. 

2.  Students are not eligible for both prizes.  Please submit to one contest only. 

3.  Members of Noctua staff are ineligible for prizes. 

4.  Submissions should be in 12pt. font, double-spaced (except for poems), and emailed as a PDF attachment to

5. Your name should not appear anywhere on the submission. In your accompanying message, include your name, your institution, your department, and your student number. For fiction entries, please title your email “Fiction Contest Entry”; for poems, “Poetry Contest Entry”.

6. The two judges (one for poetry; one for fiction) are not affiliated with Noctua Review nor any of the CSUs.

7. Only one submission per student please.
8. Writers who submit to the magazine’s current issue are ineligible for the contest.

9. Contest deadline: December 15, 2013. Winners will be notified in early 2014.

10. Further questions? Email Will Gardner at

Start your engines…

It’s finally September!  Our reading period has officially begun and we at Noctua are eager to read what you’ve got.  Please read our Submission Guidelines carefully before choosing your pieces , as our wants/needs are significantly different from past years.

Please send us your best poems, stories, and art.  Save your boring work for your submission to The New Yorker and Family Circle.  When we open your attachments, we want our reaction to resemble this (though we’ll probably be somewhat less adorable)…



Here it is!


Click to download Noctua Review 2013 PDF

Print copies will be available for purchase shortly.  We are proud of the fine work in this issue

and grateful for the patience and support from our talented writers.

Wishing you all continuing success and hope you enjoy this collection.

Warm Regards,

Meg and Joy

Noctua 2013

Hey folks, sorry for the months of silence–we’ve had an especially long hibernation!

Noctua 2013 is in production now and we’re pretty pumped about our content, which showcases 32 talented writers who found us via Poets & Writers, Duotrope, Submission Bombers and good ol’ word-of-mouth.

We’re happy to say that along with our traditional print journal, we’ll be offering an electronic copy on our website so contributors can have easy access for social media bragging, and so we can finally suggest to interested writers “read us and see what we like.”

Production has been a slow process what with the staff teaching and completing Master’s theses, but we thank everyone for their patience and expect to debut the new issue within the next month.  After that, print copies and (we’re hoping) the unveiling of the 2014 staff!

What’s Going On?

First, we at Noctua want to thank everyone who has submitted writing and artwork so far–there’s already been more influx of work than last season.  That can only mean knowledge of our existence is spreading like a Rhinovirus….or wind-swept dandelion seeds.

Looking through our Submittable account, I can see we’re in need of more poetry submissions overall and fiction submissions from women.  We’ve taken a number of prose poems that really wowed us and we’re still fighting (with words, not fists) over a few short stories.  What I’m trying to say is simple:  keep ’em coming!  Our response times are slowing down due to our own busy schedules of interning/working/carrying a full course load.  If your submission has been waiting for more than 60 days, it means we’re still discussing it–we haven’t forgotten anyone!

Joy and I are in the process of looking for some killer cover art.  We’re thinking coffee table and, budget permitting, not digest-sized this year.  Needless to say, she’ll be a looker when all’s said and done!

On your mark….

Are you ready to send us some of your writing for the 2013 issue?  We’re opening our submissions on June 30th–that gives you a whole month to prep your story or set of poems.  Get going!  Take that laptop to the beach with you!

Does your left eye start to twitch during the summer when most journals are closed for the season, and you have nowhere to send that brilliant poem you wrote on May 31st?  No?  That’s just me?  ::sigh::

You’ve been warned.

Thanks again, from the owls!

ImageWe’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who took a chance on a fledgling (pun intended) magazine by sending us their fiction and poetry.  We hope you’ll try us again next year–and we’ll let you know when our reading period opens (hopefully this summer rather than September).  The 2012 issue turned out just splendid, so we’re already thinking about how we’re going to top it for 2013.

For the 2012-2013 year, Meg Cowen and Spencer Deck will be at the helm.  Two hoots to this year’s editors, Julie Oliver and Lisa Mangini for the hours, emails, phone calls and baking marathons that made our first national Noctua possible.

Have a fabulous summer, everyone, and enjoy reading Noctua Review!