Penumbra Spring 2023

Call Open

11/28/2022 - 2/6/2023

Penumbra has opened its Spring 2023 call which will run till February 6th. Penumbra has been Stanislaus State's literary and art journal since 1989, and in the spring semesters, our university offers a class for those interested in producing the journal. Please check out our guidelines and submit to us via Submittable at the link below if you'd like to be featured in our print journal!

Penumbra: Literary and Art Journal Submission Manager (


Fall 2022 Journal

Now Available!

You can view the Fall Journal here: Fall 2022 - PENUMBRA ONLINE

 Ghosts and Jack-O Lanterns in a Graveyard


Writing Workshops

This November, Penumbra Online hosted two online writing workshops: one for poetry and one for short fiction. We hosted poet Dottie Lo Bue and fiction author Val Neil! The workshops were engaging and informative and Penumbra is eager to host more in the future! Be on the lookout for upcoming workshop dates in the future!

 Come write with us

Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast

Penumbra most recently launched a podcast. The podcast is a place for our community to connect and learn more about Campus resources as well as talking about our favorite books! Listen in for interviews, fun commentary, and lots of laughs! The podcast can be heard on Spotify or Visit the podcast here: Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast | Podcast on Spotify

Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast


Penumbra's Blog

Penumbra has a year-round blog that covers all things from current media content to Stan events! With regular updates from staff and periodical guest writers Penumbra's blog is a must-read! Take a moment to browse all of the wonderful blog posts waiting for you here: Penumbra Online Blog - PENUMBRA ONLINE

 Penumbra Process, What We're Watching, State of Stan, Lifestyle, Advice, Desk Series​​


Commitment to Anti-racism

The faculty and staff of Penumbra stand in unity with our Black communities, who have long been the victims of systemic racism, violence, and murder. We will not allow those assassinated by police brutality and white supremacy to be forgotten. We remember George Floyd, Auhmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and so many others and call for fundamental changes in our local, state, and national governments to espouse equality for all people. We are outraged by the police brutality our Black communities face and we support the efforts of protestors to reveal and rebuke the legacies of white supremacy from our core national ideologies.

Racist systems have long been present in the publishing industry and we are committed to breaking racist publishing processes and standards. We are dedicated to promoting, highlighting, and celebrating the work of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, LGBT+ writers and artists and all groups marginalized by systems of hate and oppression. We make this commitment today, tomorrow, and always to diversify our publications and uproot oppressive practices and ideologies that attempt to silence marginalized groups. Penumbra rejects those attempts at silencing and offers a space to amplify the voices of the oppressed.

Questions? Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. John Wittman at


Penumbra Press

This fall we ran our call for chapbook submissions and we are currently working to create two new poetry chapbooks! Be on the lookout for these chapbooks to be published next semester!

The Stanislaus State Literary and Art Journal

penumbra (pi-num 'bre): n. 1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination. 2. The partly darkened fringe around a sunspot. 3. An outlying, surrounding region; periphery; fringe

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