Staff Openings

We have TWO openings on staff for this semester. We are accepting applications for Art Staff Editor and Managing Poetry Editor. To apply, please send a resume with relevant editing, writing, and/or art experience to by Tuesday, Sept. 3rd!


Deadline Passed; Shale on WRFL

Our deadline passed this Wednesday, March 6th. Nevertheless, we received a RECORD-BREAKING number of submissions! This is especially true for Art, which totaled over half of out total submissions, and World Language, which came from no less than FIVE different languages! Thank you for giving us so much to work with, and we really look forward to reviewing your work!

Decisions will be made in the next two weeks and notifications will follow. We are currently seeking to print and hold our bi-annual reception in early April.

Shale editors were invited to appear on WRFL’s show Accents today from 2-3 p.m. Katie Cross (poetry editor) and I (Sarah Hayden) had a fantastic time sharing their own poetry and autobiographical fiction. We have a very talented staff! We would love to feature some of their work in this upcoming edition.

Looking to join our staff? We will begin accepting applications from late April to early May, and more extensively at the beginning of the Fall 2013 term. Please do not send applications until we have finished our review and publication process in early April.

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Throw them at Thank you again for all of your great work and contribution to Shale!

Submission Deadline March 6th!

Submission Deadline March 6th

Check out our new flyer!
The submission guidelines have changed, so please note:
3-4 poems of 30 lines or less
Up to 3 pieces of fiction or creative non-fiction under 1500 words
3-4 jpegs of artwork at 300 dpi

ALL written submissions must be in .doc or .docx format. Please do not include your name in the actual document. You may put it in your submission email instead.

World languages are modern or classical languages such as Latin, Spanish, French, etc. Please provide a translation for reviewing purposes. It will not be included in the publication unless specifically requested.

Submissions accepted at shaleuk dot gmail dot com.
Good luck!


Deadline Passed & New Partnerships

The deadline for English language submissions has passed. Any pieces sent after this announcement will not be considered for the Fall 2012 edition, but we will save them for our review process in the Spring. However, we are still accepting foreign language poetry, prose, and art! We have extended the deadline for foreign language ONLY to Wednesday, November 14th.

We are also proud to announce a new sponsor – the Honors Program! We have formed a partnership with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as well. These new developments are in addition to our present sponsor the Writing Center and partners Office of International Affairs and the English Department. Check out our page on the English Department website –

Deadline Approaching!

The submission deadline is fast approaching! November 7th is under two weeks away. Please be sure to send in your poetry, prose, and art by this date.

Don’t forget – we now welcome pieces in any foreign language! We request that you provide a translation, but will NOT publish this translation unless you specifically request it. We want to preserve your art in its truest form.

A few additional announcements – Shale is proud to announce two new partnerships! We are now sponsored by the English Department and the Office of International Affairs. This is in addition to the wonderful support we continue to receive from the Writing Center. We love that Shale is accepted and supported all across campus by a variety of departments!

We believe that making such connections allows us to reach and join together more of the undergraduate creative community at the University of Kentucky. We affirm our commitment to our philosophy of opportunity – the opportunity to join our staff and gain valuable editing, marketing, or design experience, the opportunity to submit and become a published author, and the opportunity to join a vibrant and supportive community.

Don’t forget to submit to:


Shale has some exciting news! We are absorbing In fi nI, the foreign language creative writing journal! We will now accept poetry or prose written in ANY foreign language, modern or classical. Please include a loose translation of your work for reviewing purposes. This translation will not be included in publication unless you specifically request it. Happy writing!

Submission Deadline: November 7th

Our first official staff meeting went swimmingly! Shale is excited for our new and returning staff to get started. For that to happen, however, we need your submissions! The final deadline for consideration for the Fall 2012 issue is Wednesday, November 7th.

This may seem really far away, but you should take this time now to polish up so you can put your best work forward. Register and schedule an appointment in the Writing Center with a creative writing specialist to receive constructive feedback!

To register and schedule a creative writing consultation, visit:

We look forward to reading your work!

Fall 2012: The Vision

Shale is gearing up for a new semester! We are looking to publish a new edition THIS semester AND next semester – something we haven’t done in a few years. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates at the University of Kentucky to experience the publication process and to distribute their work with pride.

We look forward to reviewing your work! Submit year-round at


Our release event on April 11th was a HUGE success! We hope you will join us for our next event in the Fall!

The 2012 edition of Shale is already out there – in POT, the Student Center, Whitehall, and Young Library. However, they are going FAST! We are continuing to place a few copies at surrounding bookstores and coffee shops. If you want a physical copy before they run out (we only have about 60 left!), leave a comment or email

We also have additional copies of The Cat’s Figment – Shale before our name change, in case you want to compare, contrast, or just get your hands on some UK-driven creativity!