ISSN 1940-6568
Issue 1, Spring 2006
Issue 2, Spring 2007

Ball State University English Department's undergraduate literary magazine, The Broken Plate, features poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The jagged connections of words and images within these pieces parallel our attempts at fitting together the shards of our lives into a new and understandable form. Shattered against the ground, the plate ain't what it used to beā€“there are now several new pieces that have different shapes than before.

The search for a name for Ball State's literary magazine ended when a plate shattered on the floor of a local coffeehouse. Since then, The Broken Plate has evolved from an online magazine run by volunteers, to a print version edited by students in English 489, the Practicum in Literary Editing and Publishing. The one constant has been that every step of the process - the writing, editing, design, even the cover photography - has been the work of Ball State University undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines
The Broken Plate, Ball State's undergraduate literary magazine, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2009 issue.

Submit your best writing, including:
Short Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Short Screenplays
One-act Plays

Please limit submissions to 3000 words. Five works maximum per author.

Paste submissions into the body of an email, include author name and genre(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, poetry and fiction).

Send work to

Deadline: TBA

Faculty Advisor: Mark Neely