Penumbra Spring 2024

Graphic announcing Penumbra's Spring 2024 Open Call.

Open Call

Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 7, 2024

We are currently open for submissions for our spring edition of Penumbra! This is our biggest compilation of art this year, and there is no specific theme or content requirements. We only ask artists to submit unpublished, original work and to limit themselves to two (2) submissions per person. We are accepting submissions in the following forms: poetry, fiction and non-fiction short stories, art, and hybrid art/literature. The deadline for submissions is February 7th, 2024. Our submission guidelines can be found on the Penumbra Online Submission Guidelines webpage. To submit, please visit the Penumbra Literary Magazine Submission page.  We look forward to all the amazing submissions! Visit the Penumbra Online website for more details.

Penumbra 2023: Horror Edition

Penumbra would like to present its horror collection: A Menagerie of Monsters and the Macabre. The entire collection can be found on

A Menagerie of Monsters and the Macabre. A Spooktacular Penumbra Collection.

The horror edition of Penumbra released on Dia De Los Muertos, November 2nd, 2023. Penumbra would like to thank everyone who attended the launch event, including Joseph Rios, the Poet Laureate of Fresno, who was kind enough to share his own poetry with us before the official launch of this collection. A special thanks goes out to Amanda Trask as well for coming up with a delightfully spooky cover to go with this edition.

Read the collection on Penumbra Online

New Penumbra Website

Visit our new Penumbra Online website to view all of our past Penumbra Online editions.

Visit Penumbra Online Website


Writing Workshops

Thank you to those who participated in our poetry writing workshop! It was a huge success. Our workshops offer artists of all levels an opportunity to collaborate with other creatives and explore art in new mediums. Our poetry workshop took place on September 22nd from 1-2 PM, and we explored the question, “What does Fall mean to you?”. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved. Our workshops take place in the writing center (Library room L221), and we have a short story workshop coming up in the near future. Keep an eye on our socials (@csustanpenumbra) to find out when we’ll be holding our next workshop!

Penumbra's Writing Club: 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 Anchor.

Listen to Totally Booked! A Penumbra 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 online.

Visit Penumbra Online Website

Penumbra Online Blog: Penumbra Process, What We're Watching, State of Stan, Lifestyle, Advice, Desk Series


Questions? Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Anthony Perrello at


Penumbra Press

Penumbra Press is excited to share our second edition of chapbooks!

  • Extraordinary Beast by Carolina Gonzalez
  • After a good day, through the night by Luke Valmadrid

To learn more about Penumbra Press, visit the new Penumbra Press webpage. To view the chapbooks, please visit the Penumbra Publications webpage.

Penumbra Press

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

Watch Video: What it's like to work for the journal

Updated: March 26, 2024