About Penumbra


Every spring semester since 1989, Penumbra has proudly published a literary and art journal run entirely by students, who make the editorial decisions, format the journal, and sell the ad space.

We accept submissions from the Stanislaus region, throughout the U. S., and abroad. We are currently taking submissions via Submittable from 12/8/2021 to 2/8/2022. To learn more about how to submit to our upcoming edition, visit the “Penumbra Spring 2022” tab. 

Students interested in joining Penumbra should take English 4019

Every spring term, English 4019: Editing a Literary Magazine is offered. Students from all majors are welcome. Business, Communications, and Art majors are especially invited to share their talents marketing the journal and fashioning it's aesthetic—which changes every year. The class offers a unique educational opportunity for hands-on experience in professional publishing. For anyone considering careers in publishing, marketing, or writing, English 4019 will build your skills—and your résumés!

Penumbra Online

Penumbra Online is an online facet of Penumbra. Penumbra Online publishes two online editions (Summer and Fall) each year. Penumbra Online has past online editions and its current Fall 2022 edition is available to read. Penumbra Online also has many interactive ways to get in touch with Penumbra. To learn more about Penumbra Online visit the website here.

Penumbra Press

Last year, Penumbra launched the journal's newest branch, Penumbra Press, a new facet of the Stan State publication. Through Penumbra Press, we offer poets the chance to have their poems printed as physical and online chapbooks. So far, Penumbra Press has published ON BIRDS / WINGS / ROADS / SILENCE by Dottie Lo Bue, patchwork hearts by Natt Bartell, and Swimming to Syria by Sandy Feinstein. To view the chapbooks online, click Penumbra Press Chapbooks - PENUMBRA ONLINE or visit the Penumbra Press Tab.

Penumbra Media

Penumbra has recently expanded their brand to include many interactive ways for our followers to get involved with Penumbra. With aspects including the Penumbra Online BlogPenumbra PodcastsPenumbra Readings, a Penumbra Spotify, and more Penumbra now has many ways to reach its readers. To learn more about different Penumbra media aspects, visit the Penumbra Media Tab or visit the PENUMBRA ONLINE - Home page and learn about all the new ways to enjoy Penumbra!

Penumbra Charity Events

Penumbra is a proud supporter of our campus community and for each edition, we make it a priority to find ways to support our campus.