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Call for submissions

Issue 22: Reimagine Youngstown

From the start, Jenny Magazine has been a literary magazine that aims to place the voices of writers from the Mahoning Valley alongside those of writers from around the world. For our 2024 issue, we’re seeking stories, poems, essays, and visual art that answers our call for regional writers, as well as writers who may be further afield but whose life has intersected with our region in some fashion, to Reimagine Youngstown. We want you to share with us what the city means to you, using whichever medium you love best.

Youngstown is a city and a region that is synonymous with determination, tenacity, and community spirit in the face of struggle. A city is a place that is constantly changing, if it’s alive, so for this issue we hope to bring together a host of voices and perspectives on Youngstown: new perspectives on the past, exciting speculations on our future here, and explorations of how we live right now. If you share a personal connection with the city of Youngstown that would make a compelling piece, send it our way!

Visit our submissions portal for more detailed guidelines. And please share to others who may be interested.


On Monday, October 2nd, at 3:30 pm, please join us at YSU's Maag Library (third floor), for a public interview and conversation with one of our faculty members, Professor Christopher Barzak, for Banned Books Week. Professor Barzak himself has experienced a book ban on one of his titles in Texas two years ago. Come find out more about book bannings, how they affect us, and to talk about Professor Barzak's novel, Wonders of the Invisible World (which the library will be giving away several copies to audience members)!


This Wednesday!

Join us next Wednesday at Republic Pizza for our next meeting of the YSU Student Literary Arts Association. Pizza provided!


Join us next Wednesday at Republic Pizza for our next meeting of the YSU Student Literary Arts Association. Pizza provided!

Photos from Jenny Magazine's post 08/29/2023
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Lou Yuhasz Memorial Writing Award

Lit Youngstown will award a $100 prize, registration, room and board at the Fall Literary Festival October 20-22, and will be invited to read Friday, October 21, along with featured presenters Joy Priest and Kelly Fordon. If you will be a NEOMFA student in fall of 2022 and would like to compete for the prize, please send a cover letter and 10-page writing portfolio by June 15 (name on cover letter only) to [email protected]. Current employees and board members of Lit Youngstown are ineligible to win.

The award remembers Lou Yuhasz, an enthusiastic writer, Lit Youngstown participant, and NEOMFA student. Lou’s daughter Jamie offered us this tribute.

Lou Yuhasz was a writer, a husband, a father, a friend, and above all, a teacher. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1999, with a BS in Secondary Education, concentrating on comprehensive communication. In his senior year, he was the assistant news editor at the Jambar covering the Academic Senate as YSU made the transition from quarters to semesters. He taught as a substitute for a year for Youngstown City Schools, before taking a job at a large health insurance company.

After ten years, and at the age of 48, Lou’s passion for creative writing and teaching led him to quit his job and join the NEOMFA program. Shortly after beginning school, he was diagnosed with stage II cancer of the esophagus. That didn’t stop him though, and he excelled in his classes.

His passion for his school and the program was contagious, and so was the happiness the NEOMFA brought him. I’ve read a lot of my father’s work throughout my life, but something very special happened when he joined the NEOMFA program.

He was a husband of 26 years, and raised two daughters. His support for his family was unparalleled. His office looked like something out of a Lovecraft novel, with tentacles and gargoyles scattered between the bookshelves housing various scifi and horror novels. He loved to write and tell stories, as well as teaching others the ability to create what they loved. He would be proud and honored to have this scholarship enable people to follow their passion.


The YSU Department of English & World Languages invites students completing, or who have completed, their bachelor’s degree to apply for the Master's Degree in English program. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply for a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position in the first-year writing program. TAs are awarded 9-month stipends and scholarships (covering tuition expenses) for two academic years. TA applications received by May 31, 2022 will receive full consideration. M.A. applicants not seeking a TA will be considered until August. Send yours in today!

For more information, contact Dr. Lucas Hardy, Director of English Graduate Studies: [email protected].

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