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about fugue

Begun in 1990 by the faculty in the Department of English at University of Idaho, Fugue has continuously published poetry, plays, fiction, essays, visual-text hybrids, and interviews from established and emerging writers biannually. We take pride in the work we print, writers we publish, and the presentation of each and every issue. Working in collaboration with local and national artists, our covers display some of the finest art from photography and digital art to ink drawings and oil paintings. We believe that each issue is a print and digital artifact of a deep engagement with our culture, and we make it our personal goal that the writing we select and presentation of each issue reflect the reverence we have for art and letters. 

Fugue is managed and edited by graduate students in the English and Creative Writing Programs at University of Idaho in Northern Idaho, one of the nation's most beautiful regions covered with wilderness areas, mountains, rivers, and lakes.

The Contest

Every year, Fugue hosts our Annual Writing Contest, publishing winners in both prose and poetry and awarding them $1,000 each. Past judges include Pam Houston, Dorianne Laux, Rodney Jones, Mark Doty, Rick Moody, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Jo Ann Beard, Rebecca McClanahan, Patricia Hampl, Traci Brimhall, Edan Lepucki, and Tony Hoagland.

Digital Presence

Like many journals and magazines in recent years, Fugue has entered the world of digital print. While our Summer/Fall issues are still printed hard copy and distributed to contributors and subscribers, we now publish Winter/Spring issues digitally. Digital publication allows us to host our digital content here, on our website, completely free to the public.

Additionally, we host a digital archive of all back issues for free. This archive, managed by the Digital Initiatives Department in the University of Idaho Library, provides Fugue's readers access to over two decades of content. 

Past Contributors

Fugue boasts a remarkable list of past contributors, including Steve Almond, Charles Baxter, Stephen Dobyns, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, B.H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes, Michael Martone, Campbell McGrath, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Jim Shepard, RT Smith, Virgil Suarez, Melanie Rae Thon, Natasha Trethewey, Anthony Varallo, Robert Wrigley and Dean Young among many many others.

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General Submissions

Submissions are accepted online only, through Submittable. General Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Images | Etc. submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1. All material received outside of this period will neither be read nor considered for publication. General submissions must be submitted along with a required submission fee of $3.00 per submission to help pay for online submission services. Multiple submissions will be considered with a separate submission fee for each. All contributors to Fugue receive $15 per accepted piece and a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work appears.

Please send no more than five poems, two short-shorts, one story, or one essay per submission.

Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately and require separate submission fees. We consider simultaneous submissions (submissions sent concurrently to another journal or journals) as long as you notify us immediately if a piece you submitted simultaneously has been accepted elsewhere. We try to respond to submissions within 3-6 months, though this varies in the middle and at the end of submission periods when submission volumes are high.

To submit either a general or contest submission, click here.


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What You Pay For

An individual copy of the most recent issue is $10. 1 year subscriptions (1 print issue, 1 digital issue) are also $10, or 2 year subscriptions (2 print issues, 2 digital issues) are $18. Institutional subscriptions are $18 for 1 year (1 print issue, 1 digital issue) or $26 for 2 years (2 print issues, 2 digital issues). 

If you'd like to order back issues, in-stock back issues are available for $8.

What You Get

Fugue produces a diverse literary voice of new and emerging writers through poetry, plays, fiction, nonfiction and interviews with established, award-winning writers. Our editorial staff selects only the best writing from hundreds upon hundreds of submissions over a seven month submission period. Printing in summer/fall and printing digitally in winter/spring, issues are approximately 120 pages.

In addition to the print and online issue, subscribers receive exclusive content from our contributors and archives when our digital issue is distributed in the winter/spring.

To Subscribe

Our subscription service is provided by Marketplace, in conjunction with the University of Idaho. To purchase a subscription or special order in-stock back issues, click here.

If you have questions or concerns about subscriptions, please email us at fugue@uidaho.edu.

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Editorial Staff

EDITOR-in-CHIEF: Corey Oglesby

MANAGER: Lauren Yarnall

POETRY: Cameron McGill

Associate POETRY: CMarie Fuhrman

FICTION: Caitlin Palmer

Associate FICTION: Sam Burns

NONFICTION: Lauren Westerfield

Associate NONFICTION: Caitlin Hill

IMAGES | Etc.: Sarah VanGundy

MARKETING: Caitlyn Curran, Stacy Miller

FACULTY ADVISOR: Alexandra Teague


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corey oglesby


Corey Oglesby is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He is from the Washington, D.C. area and holds a bachelor's degree in English from Frostburg State University in Western Maryland. His work has recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Backbone Mountain Review, Broadkill Review, and CityLit Press' Clash By Night, a poetry anthology tribute to The Clash's London Calling. He is 2017 Centrum Fellow and was a finalist in the 2017 Montana Book Festival Emerging Writers Contest in Poetry.


Managing Editor

Lauren Yarnall is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate in Poetry at the University of Idaho. She is from Ellicott City, Maryland and received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Salisbury University. Her work has previously appeared in Harpur Palate, Permafrost Magazine, Slipstream Magazine, Barely South Review, Spillway Magazine, and elsewhere.

Cameron McGill

Poetry Editor

Cameron McGill is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho. He is originally from Champaign, IL, though spent many years working as a musician in Chicago. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He is the recipient of a Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and a University of Idaho Centrum Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fogged Clarity, Poetry East, Measure, Aesthetica, and Grist, where his work was recently selected as runner-up in the 2016 ProForma contest.  

CMarie Fuhrman

Assistant Poetry Editor

CMarie Fuhrman is an Indigenous daughter of the Rocky Mountains.  Passionate about the wild and sacred, CMarie concentrates her writing and poetry on protecting cultural heritage, preserving open places and remembering Native peoples.  She has won the Burns Award for Poetry from the University of Idaho, and her work has appeared in Metaphor, Juxtaprose, Cutthroat, and Taos Journal of Poetry. CMarie is currently enrolled in the MFA Program at the University of Idaho and lives in the high mountains of west central Idaho with her dogs, Cisco and Carhartt.

Lauren Westerfield

Nonfiction Editor

Lauren Westerfield is third-year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction from the Northern California coast. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in [PANK]The Los Angeles TimesThe ButterRedividerRevolution House and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren holds a B.A. in English from Middlebury College and is a University of Idaho Centrum Fellow. She recently received a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency award and an Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize (judged by Kathryn Nuernberger), and was a finalist in the Montana Book Festival Emerging Writers Contest in Nonfiction. Lauren currently co-hosts the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho,

Caitlin Hill

Associate nonfiction Editor

Caitlin Hill is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Idaho. She is an esssayist, memoirist, and columnist from South Dakota whose work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Silk Road Review, Superstition Review, and in various newspapers. Caitlin is a 2017-18 Writer in the Wild Fellow. Much of her writing intertwines with threads of place studies, and her current focus is looking at place aesthetics and identity through the philosophies of twentieth-century economist Thorstein Veblen. In the process of researching this project, Caitlin was recently funded by the UI English Department to spend four days at the Historic Veblen Family Farmstead in Minnesota, and was accepted into the Cirenaica Summer Writers Residency in Wisconsin to work on her Veblen writing. She lives and writes in northern Idaho with her plant/life companion Bruce the golden pothos. Learn more at www.caitlinhillside.com

caitlin palmer

Fiction Editor

Caitlin Palmer writes about malaise, wanderlust, and small beauty. She grew up on a farm, attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and studied writing and installation art on the island of Paros, Greece, at the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts program. She unschooled backpacking across Europe, stories from these experiences and others since published in the museum of americana online lit journal, Midwestern Gothic, and Under the Gum Tree. Her work in ‘museum’ was nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. She is now at the University of Idaho for her MFA.

sam burns

associate fiction editor

Sam Burns is a third year Master of Fine Arts candidate in Fiction at the University of Idaho.


associate prose editor

Paul Warmbier lives and writes in McMinnville, Oregon. He is earned his MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of Idaho, and writes essays based on place, trauma, and the value of craftsmanship in our new world of replicable objects. Paul has work forthcoming in Under the Sun. He is a writer, custom furniture maker, and co-owner of the Dauntless Wine Company winery. 

sarah vangundy

hybrid editor

Sarah VanGundy is a nonfiction MFA candidate with an interest in the strange, obscure, and unexpected. When she is not busy investigating various in-between spaces as Fugue's hybrid genre editor, she works as a librarian at the University of Idaho Library.

caitlyn curran

Marketing Editor

Caitlyn Curran is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate in Poetry at the University of Idaho.

stacy miller

marketing editor

Stacy Miller is a second year MFA poetry candidate. She has been published in Mary Jane's Farm MagazineThe Pacific Northwest InlanderThe Mindful Word, and Mothers Always Write where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded the Banks Award, the MLK Graduate Art Award, and the Writing in the Wild Fellowship, all from the University of Idaho. She is also a mother, artist, and small business owner.

[ Readers ]

Keegan Lawler, Heather Woolery, Rachel Westby, Mary Caraway, Autry Jeske, Kasha Nunnallee, Rosemarie Orona, Jinxing Lei, Shanda-Rochel Glover, Jack Hill, Xena Lunsford, Austin Maas, Katelyn Paz, Katherine Stokes

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Access and digitization for Fugue back issues provided by the University of Idaho Library's Digital Initiatives.

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Fugue 30
Winter 2005

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Fugue 29
Summer 2005

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Fugue 28
Winter 2004

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Fugue 27
Summer 2004

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Fugue 26
Winter 2003

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Fugue 25
Summer 2003

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Fugue 24
Winter 2002

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Fugue 23
Spring 2002

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Fall 2001

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Fugue 21
Summer 2001

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Fugue 20
Fall 2000

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Fugue 19
Winter 1999

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Fugue 02.2
Summer 1991

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Fugue 02.1
Spring 1991

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Fugue 01
Fall 1990


Vandal Poem of the Day (VPoD) is a public poetry project, which brings relevant contemporary poetry to the University of Idaho and the broader Idaho community. A new poem is published on this website every day during the academic year. Each can be accessed via the use of QR codes, which can be scanned on mobile phones using free QR readers (iTunes QR Reader | Google Play QR Reader), that will be placed around Moscow, Northern Idaho, and the University of Idaho campus.

2015/16 featured poets published by Copper Canyon Press. Copper Canyon is a highly acclaimed, not-for-profit press located in Port Townsend, WA. Their books consistently win national awards, and the poems they have graciously let us publish this year are phenomenal and thought provoking.

2016/17 featured poets from BOA Editions LTD, a not-for-profit publisher based in Rochester, NY.

For the new 2017/18 year, VPoD is excited to feature poets from Persea Books, an independent, literary publishing house founded in 1975 by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller. Additionally, VPoD has joined forces with the literary journal Fugue.

VPoD encourages people waiting for busses, eating lunch, or otherwise going about their lives, to read a new poem each day on the VPoD website. Further, we hope the poems featured on this site will encourages public conversations about contemporary and enduring topics since the poems are quickly readable, but resonant enough for readers to re-read, think about, and comment on or share using the links at the bottom of each poem.

We operate with these famous lines in mind:

It is difficult

to get the news from poems

yet men die miserably every day

for lack

of what is found there.

-from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”
by William Carlos Williams

Credits and Acknowledgments:

The Vandal Poem of the Day project is maintained and supported through a collaboration between the University of Idaho Library, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Fugue.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

VPoD is based on the successful Aubie’s Poem of the Day project, which Auburn University initiated in 2014 and continues to maintain.

Thank you to poet Keetje Kuipers and librarian Jaena Alabi for inviting us to create a new instance of the project, and to Copper Canyon Press, BOA Editions, Ltd., and Persea Books for permission to use the poems.

Alexandra Teague (University of Idaho English Department) and Devin Becker (University of Idaho Library) direct the project, with the assistance of Evan Williamson and Sarah Van Gundy.

Please direct any questions about the site or the project here.