Transfer 107 is finally out the door, and it looks great. Special thanks to the editors and staff who worked so hard to bring it all together.

The authors published this semester are: Chris Ames, Amy K. Bell, Jan-Henry Gray, Katrin Gibb, Joshua Gill-Sutton, Collin Jacobs, Kristin Von Kundra, Chad Koch, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Ari Moskowitz, Karim Quesada-Khoury, Jared Roehrig, Gray Tolhurst, and Chelsea Turowsky. We also had an interview with S.F. State Professor Barbara Tomash, and beautiful art from photographers Tate Drucker and Jessica Christian.

The winner of the Leo Litwak Award for Fiction is Amy K. Bell for her novel excerpt The Alien Speaks.

Leo Litwak Honorable Mention: Juliana Delgado Lopera for Niña! Call Me Catherine White.

The winners of the Mark Linenthal Award for Poetry are Gray Tolhurst for Hexagram 34 and Jared Roehrig for The Dream Diary of Hồ Chí Minh.

Mark Linenthal Honorable Mention: Chelsea Turowsky for Yard in Sections.


Transfer 107

Congratulations to the authors and staff of Transfer 107!

In a few moments, you will awake as if the Transfer blog had never been inactive. You will feel refreshed, awake, and you will not remember that for three years, nothing was posted here.

Thanks to the efforts of our Spring 2014 staff, this WordPress is re-opened for business! Huzzah!

We are looking for wondrous art to compliment the written works in issue #105.

We will accept: photography, paintings, pencil/charcoal drawings, digital media, prints

Please email submissions (in .PDF format) to by MARCH 1, 2013

Published artists will receive recognition in a university literary magazine and two complimentary copies.

Hello writers & readers of Transfer! Happy spring! We are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2013 issue of Transfer. We welcome writers of ALL majors at SFSU to submit their best poetry, fiction, and/or drama pieces.

The deadline is February 15 at 7pm. To submit your work, please attach a cover letter along with four copies of your manuscript, and turn it in to either the Transfer office (HUM 372) or the Creative Writing office (HUM 380).

Pick up cover letters at the Transfer office (HUM 372), the Creative Writing office (HUM 380), or click here to download and print it out.

Best of luck and we look forward to reading (and hopefully publishing) your beautiful works.

Greetings readers, writers, and fans alike! A new semester has begun and the fall deadline is approaching for submissions.

We look forward to reviewing your fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction pieces. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, your submissions are more than welcome. Also, Transfer is not restricted to students with Creative Writing as their major. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit their creative work.

In order to be considered for Transfer 104 you must submit your work by September 14th at 7 p.m. Be sure to have a cover letter attached to each submission as well as four copies of each submission turned in to either the Creative Writing Office (HUM 380), or Transfer’s Office (HUM 372) by the deadline.

Cover letters are now available in three locations: Creative Writing Office (HUM 380), Transfer’s Office (HUM 372), and here to download and print.

The haikus - Photo taken by my mother on the kitchen table in her home in Willits, CA

At the Transfer 102 Release Party on December 6th 2011, we held our first-ever Haiku Contest. All twenty-four participants, using pens and scraps of paper provided by yours truly, wrote their haikus on the spot during the party. The much sought-after prizes awarded to the author of the winning haiku (aside from blog fame and bragging rights) were two Transfer issues of the winner’s choice. The optional topic was “forbidden desire.” Entries ranged from the timely: a ditty about Herman Cain and a prayer for Occupy protesters, to the timeless: a refusal to perform anal sex and Oedipal vengeance motivated by stolen Mexican food.

Angelica Barraza, the Editor in Chief who made the final editorial decisions for Transfer 102 and me, Erica Schimmel, one of last issue’s Fiction Editors, judged the poems together. The selection process was difficult as we combed through these wildly varying displays of poetic prowess.

In the end, we chose…*drum roll* Read the rest of this entry »

The start of the spring semester is within spittin’ distance. It’s been a much appreciated break, but we’re all excited to get the ball rolling for the one/hundred/and/third issue of transfer magazine (that’s half a century of poetry and prose, people!).

We’re currently accepting submissions. That’s where you come in. There are a gazillion links in this blog to lead you through the submission process.

But what happens to your work after it’s submitted, you ask?

The editor-in-chief will separate the cover sheets from the manuscripts and file according to genre (can you say: paper cuts?). The other editors will then sift through every page (we’re talking hundreds…and hundreds…) and number them. This process is usually accompanied by Trader Joe’s hummus, pita chips and iTunes. If budget allows, maybe even a classy bottle of two-buck chuck.

From the night of the submission deadline, the editors only have THREE DAYS to read/sort/plow through their genre’s manuscripts. The editors then all meet and whittle down the manuscripts to form the LONG LIST  [last semester the third day was a whirlwind of 8×11 copy paper, coffee, Thai food take out and tears (the tears, for the record, were from the spiciness of the curry) (…sure)].

Once the long list is finalized, the editors email the staff to prep them for the three-week discussions that will occur based on the contending manuscripts. The discussions are the crux of the decision making process. Each piece is examined from every possible angle: its intentions, strengths, weaknesses (this is my favorite part of the semester. And the differences between the poetry discussions and the fiction discussions are vast and uncharted: poetry is such a personal thing, a concrete abstraction, a pulse of an unidentifiable being; the fiction discussions are precise, fine-tuned, white-gloved, surgical: they both are exactly what they need to be).

Final decisions are tough. They are made on the day of the third and last discussions. Sometimes things can get pretty heated between the editors. Other times it’s unanimous what gets in (it will occasionally be a 50/50 split. At this point we resort to gladiator sudden death. This may sound intense and dramatic, but really it’s just passing the manuscript to an editor of a different genre and seeing what kind of reading they get).

And folks, that’s how it works. That is the process your submissions will go through to make it to publication. It can seem a bit arduous, so many hoops for your manuscript to jump through, but really, we read generously (and there’s a lot smaller pool than national lit mags). We are your biggest fans. So come on. Submit.        Let us root for you.

We are swiftly approaching the the start of a new semester and you know what that means–the deadline for Transfer submissions is just around the corner! If you want to be in Transfer 103 get your submissions in by 7:00 PM Friday February 10th! It’s coming up real fast, so as you purchase school supplies and prepare for your classes, be sure to get some writing and editing time in and start polishing your stories, poems and plays before you have to hit the books!

What’s new this semester? We’re accepting online donations for the first time! You can take advantage of our brand spanking new digital submission process here OR submit the old fashioned way.

Last semester, the editors and staff of Transfer had the privilege to read some of the best fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction San Francisco State has to offer. This school has some seriously talented writers and we’re excited to read more of what you guys have to offer. Stand up, don’t be shy, it’s submittin’ time!

The new Transfer issue two students solicit you to purchase at a folding table on the first floor of the Humanities building every semester? That was the result of roughly twenty undergrad Creative Writing students with varying literary tastes and writing styles coming together in CW 640 to read, analyze, discuss and debate over numerous submissions, helping a small team of student editors select stories and poems to represent SFSU’s writers in a single volume. By taking CW 640 you’ll not only get the inside scoop on the competition and what the editors are looking for, you’ll also experience the publication process first-hand, develop editorial skills such as copy-editing, and get that much closer to learning how to refine your work for established literary magazines everywhere!

Most courses in the Creative Writing program encourage students to consider a peer’s work as unfinished and discuss craft in order to improve the piece in the future. In these courses, a student’s work is considered as a draft, so evaluative remarks are often unhelpful. Plus, the writer is present, it’s not like you can offer a thumbs up/thumbs down assessment without inflating or wounding the writer’s ego. But CW 640 offers a different experience Read the rest of this entry »