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The Department of English

Literary Magazine

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About Our Publication

Visit the Watershed Review website (opens in new window) to view the newest issue of Watershed as well as the blog, Submittable, and archives.

Established in 1977, Watershed Review is the online literary publication at California State University, Chico. Housed in the English department, our magazine is produced by student editors seeking hands-on experience in literary editing and publishing. Our mission is to publish literature and visual art that illustrates diversity in thought and experience, and an awareness of literary tradition in conversation with the shifting edges of genre. Two times a year, we aim to publish both known and emerging authors side-by-side, featuring poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and art. Student editors who participate in the creation and maintenance of the Watershed Review learn valuable skills in publishing and editing, while gaining experience in the world of professional writing. 

Get Involved

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with the magazine have the option to enroll in ENGL 415: Editing Literary Magazines. Those who enroll in this class participate in the process behind creating the newest issue of Watershed Review, and grow to understand the nuances of editing and writing in professional setting—web editing, collaboration, publishing trends, et cetera. After taking the course, there are opportunities for internships and paid positions for those seeking additional professional experience in this multifaceted field.

Managing Editor

Contact Sarah Pape

Sarah Pape
Email: spape@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4865
Location: ARTS, Room 253

Editor Interviews

Sarah Pape
Sarah Pape, Managing Editor
"As most editors will say, the discovery of new, compelling writing is a complete and utter thrill. I’d add that this feeling of excitement is exponential when experiencing it alongside students each semester. I get to appreciate the process of reviewing, selecting, and editing stellar poems, short stories, and essays, and then the pleasure of sharing the collection we’ve curated with a nation-wide readership. There’s really nothing like it."
Nathan Collins
Nathan Collins, Alumni Editor
"It's rare to go to a college that has such a strong and highly-regarded literary journal. Take advantage of the incredible experiences that Watershed offers, if you have any interest in creative writing or publishing. It will open doors for you in that world... I can say that I've been offered jobs because of my work in Watershed and the connections I made from being in it. Once a Watershed editor, always a Watershed editor."