MFA in Creative Writing - Literary Journal

mfa_mr_issue1Mason's Road is an online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing and a collaborative effort among graduate students in the program. Hands-on publishing opportunities exist on the Editorial, Production, and Marketing teams. Involvement on Mason's Road will help you:

  • Be exposed to the editing and publishing process
  • Cultivate your editorial skills needed to improve your own creative writing
  • Foster dialogue about the writing craft
  • Learn about the marketing and production side of publishing
  • Stay on top of trends in the publishing industry
  • Expand your writing community beyond the program cohort
  • Have hands-on experience to add to your resume
  • Foster global citizenship and diversity through an interactive, engaged, international web audience

The editorial process includes:

  • Reading through submissions from emerging and seasoned writers from around the world
  • Evaluating writing craft
  • Recommending selections
  • Contacting authors
  • Suggesting edits
  • Working closely with the contributors and each other to produce publishable material

The production process includes:

  • Wordpress and html training
  • Posting, formatting, and proofreading poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and author bio pages
  • Photo formatting and publishing

The marketing process includes:

  • Drafting and distributing news releases surrounding new issues and events for Mason's Road
  • Writing blog posts that stir up interest to a web audience
  • Using Facebook and Twitter to publicize the journal
  • Organizing reading events, poetry slams, and multi-genre activities in the local community
  • Developing and distributing printed materials promoting the journal
  • Working the AWP booth

Leadership positions include Editor-in-Chief and Genre Editor roles for the editorial side, and a Managing Editor position for the publishing side. An internship for the Managing Editor role is available as a third semester project through an application process.

Mason's Road is published twice a year, coinciding with our Enders Island residencies in July and December/January. For more information, visit

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