The Mall publishes writing produced in any Butler University FYS course. From personal narrative essays, argumentative research essays, to creative writing, we aim to present a variety of exemplary work accomplished in FYS. Any current FYS student is encouraged to submit.

Please submit work as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). Please DO NOT include your name or any identifying information in the document itself.

  • We will accept no more than five pieces of writing from the same person—so send us only your very best work.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each must be submitted separately. This form will only accept one attachment per submission. If you wish to submit multiple works, please complete multiple submission forms.
  • By submitting, you acknowledge that the work is an original by the stated author and you give The Mall publication rights for our magazine, website, and social media pages.
Please submit here.

First Year Letter Contest – Open to all sophomore students

Butler University’s The Mall, a Journal of FYS Writing, is excited to announce a new contest for all sophomore students. In keeping with our mission to share student writing and first-year experiences, students of sophomore standing are invited to address the following prompt.

Futures, experiences, your first year at college, seldom go exactly as planned. In a letter addressed to your younger self, or an incoming student, or to a professor, or to whomever you think needs to hear it, reflect on your first-year experience at Butler.

How has reality met your expectations? Consider challenges you encountered and how you positioned yourself for success. What questions drove you, what answers found you? Who are you now, as you reflect on who you were at the start of your first year?

Writing should demonstrate focus, development, voice, creativity, and honesty.

The winning essay and runners-up will be published in The Mall 2023-24, and authors will be recognized at a public reading. The winning essay will receive a $200 gift card to Starbucks. Second place will receive a $100 gift card to Starbucks, and third place receives a $50.00 gift card to Starbucks.

Deadline: October 10, 2023