Students in the New Writers Project can gain editing experience with Bat City Review, our literary journal run entirely by graduate students. The English Department offers a practicum in editing a literary journal, which serves as an introduction to the role of literary journals in the U.S. during the past century. Past BCR contributors have included Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, Paul Muldoon, Barbara Ras, See the latest issue of Bat City Review.

PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories

The English Department at the University of Texas at Austin has the honor of being the editorial home for the “PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.” In 2002, Laura Furman became the series editor, which involves selecting 20 stories to be featured as prize stories out of the nearly thousand she reviews. As an experienced editor and a former creative writing professor, she trains, each year, one or two graduate assistants for the type of close editorial reading that will spot talent, promise and achievement. Established in 1919, the collection’s more recent editions have featured the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kevin Brockmeier, Junot Díaz, Mary Gaitskill and David Foster Wallace.