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Due to the weather forecast, we will be rescheduling tonight's Bayleaf Live event. Stay tuned for further details. Also, we've extended the deadline for Marywood undergraduate submissions to Bayleaf Open until midnight tonight. Consider submitting your creative work, even if it addresses the theme indirectly.

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We hope that your Spring Break was everything you ever dreamed it would be! We're happy to announce that the deadline for the Spring 2018 issue is FRIDAY, APRIL 13. The date might be freaky but we're sure your submissions will be brilliant. Please note our submission guidelines before sending us your work: http://www.marywood.edu/english/clubs/bayleaf/ Send your work to mubayleaf@gmail.com for your work to be considered for publication in the Spring 2018 issue!

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Join us for the 3rd annual Bayleaf Live! event! Writers and artists published in the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 issues of The Bayleaf will read and present their creative works for you. All are welcome, and some light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event, but if you can't stop by, be sure to check out artwork on display outside of the Archives Room: directly across from the top of the second floor staircase of the Learning Commons, where the event will be held. We look forward to the event and to seeing you!

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The Bayleaf, Marywood's premiere journal of literature and art, publishes the work of undergraduate student writers and artists. The Bayleaf is published in the fall and spring semesters.

Submission Guidelines

The Bayleaf accepts only original student work and strongly discourages resubmissions.


  • All submissions should come in a format that will be easy to work with.
  • The Bayleaf encourages students to submit their artwork as an attached file to mubayleaf@gmail.com.
  • The artist's name should not appear on the work, but a cover sheet should be provided stating (1.) the artist's name, (2.) the title of the work(s) submitted, (3.) your major and year, and (4.) your local or campus mailing address and phone number.
  • Non-electronic submissions should come in a protective casing.
  • The Bayleaf is not responsible for any damage incurred to artwork in the submission process.
  • Properly submitted work will be returned to the artist shortly before publication.


  • Poems, short stories, essays, or any other reasonably short genre of writing will be considered for publication.
  • The Bayleaf encourages students to submit their manuscripts as an attached file saved in Microsoft Word to mubayleaf@gmail.com.
  • All work must be typed in a legible font, such as Courier New, Times New Roman, or Arial. Handwritten entries will not be accepted.
  • Do not underline or put the title of your work in quotation marks.
  • Include title and page number in the upper right corner of each page of all submissions.
  • If you are more comfortable submitting your work the traditional way, please put your work(s) with individual cover pages into a manila envelope. Label it "Bayleaf Submission" and take it to the campus mailing center.
  • Submissions received without any sort of identification will become the property of The Bayleaf and will not be considered for publication.

The Bayleaf will accept a maximum of five submissions per student.

The editorial staff, comprised of Marywood undergraduate students, reviews all work democratically and anonymously. Submission due dates for each issue will be announced. The Bayleaf will not accept late material or any submission that fails to meet the journal's submission guidelines. Prizes will be awarded for the best literature and art submissions.

Remember to submit work that you have honed to the best of your ability. The courage to experiment, express, and create are the roots from which The Bayleaf is nourished.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Bittel at bittel@marywood.edu or (570) 348-6219.

Contact The Bayleaf staff at mubayleaf@gmail.com.