Thursday, September 11, 2008


Hi everyone. I have been involved with the touchstones Literary journal for almost two years now and this semester i am Editor-in-chief. Each semester i am so excited to see the talent of UVU's students in the form of Poetry, prose and Art and this semester is no different.

The word "Touchstone" was coined by the english poet and critic, Matthew Arnold, in his essay "The Study of Poetry" (1880). Arnold refers to a touchstone as a quotation from a recognized poetic masterpiece employed as a standard of instant comparison for judging the value of other works. Literally a touchstone is a hard stone of the kind once used for testing the quality of Gold or Silver.- Dr. Laura Hamblin

Just from the posts and comments on this blog i have been impressed with others writing and so i wanted to extend the invitation for you all to submit to this fall issue.

Touchstones Literary Journal wants to publish your work. We are looking for fresh and innovative poetry, prose, art, photography, and drama from students of all disciplines. This is a great opportunity to receive recognition for your art or creative writing and will look fantastic on resumes and graduate school applications. Those chosen for publication will receive a free copy of the Fall 2008 issue of Touchstones and could have a chance to read their piece (if they so choose) at the My Word release party this December. So submit and make history by having your work printed in the first University publication of Touchstones. Forms are available in LA 114 or or online at Submissions must be turned in to the English Department (LA 114) by October 3rd at 5pm.

Thank you,Touchstones Editorial Staff