Asaph’s Cow Writing and Artwork Contest

By Odell Shupe

Have you ever wanted to see some of your writing or artwork featured in a literary magazine? The University of Sioux Falls has a literary magazine called Asaph’s Cow that might give you the opportunity to be a published writer or artist. English Professor Greg Dyer came up with the magazine back in the 2000s and it later turned into a website.  In the early years the entries that were chosen typically were shorter stories and poems, while the artwork would typically be black and white because that was how the magazine was printed. Professor Dyer had to stop production between the years of ‘07-’08. When it resumed, Professor Dyer decided to put the magazine online instead of print. The last time the website posted entries was in 2016 and has been long overdue for a posting. “If anything, look at this contest as a morale and confidence boost for your work,” Professor Dyer said. The deadline to submit your work is Saturday, February 29. Here are the requirements for the contest. 


The U.S.F. English Department, in conjunction with the U.S.F. Writing Center, invites submissions for the Spring 2020 issue of Asaph’s Cow, the U.S.F. literary magazine.  Students at U.S.F. may submit any of the following:


·       poetry

·       fiction

·       creative nonfiction

·       photography

·       painting

·       drawing


The deadline for all submissions is Saturday, February 29, 2020.



Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

  • Students may submit works in more than one genre, but should submit no more than one short story, one essay, and/or three poems.
  • Entries must be the original work of the author.
  • We ask that stories and essays be no longer than 4,000 words, and poems no longer than two pages.
  • Entries should be submitted as email attachments formatted in Microsoft Word.
  • All prose documents should be double-spaced.  Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • On the first page of your submission, please include the following:
    • name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
    • category of each entry (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction)
    • title(s) of work(s) entered
  • Entries will not be returned.




Photography and Artwork

  • Students may submit a maximum of two pieces of photography or art.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished.
  • All submissions of photography and/or artwork should be digital/digitized and submitted as an email attachment.
  • Please include a title page listing the following information:
    • name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
    • title(s) of work(s) entered
  • Entries will not be returned.


Send Submissions or Requests for Information To:

Dr. Greg Dyer  :

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