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Nothing brightens up a dark, cold winter night like an evening of art and creative writing! Please join us on Monday, Feb. 6 at 9p in the Learning Commons for our second annual Bayleaf Live!! Listen to campus writers read their work, admire the work of our student artists, and enjoy the good company (and snacks!) We'll also be honoring the Barbara Hoffman prize winners for 2016 and announce upcoming events. All are warmly welcomed! Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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AND THE BAYLEAF FALL 2016 WINNERS ARE: Art Award Winner: Day at the Slope by Sofi Walter Literary Award Winner: “The Fall” by Amanda Duncklee Published Art Pieces: Roar by Jessica Reid Ms. Sue by Arianna Sexton Untitled by Lily Guziewicz Stomach by Melissa Kowalski Set of 5 Couchsurfing Thank You Cards by Kelsey Van Horn Spirit by Paige Owings Untitled by Lily Guziewicz Untitled by Genevieve Walker Commute Car(e) Free by Kelsey Van Horn Shorelines by Rachel Hines Chicago by Brendan O’Rourke Flower Beard by Francesca Giuliani Sketchbook Reflection 2 by Gabrielle Creazzo Published Literature: “The Man in Scary Make-up" by Daniel Piazza “War Paint" by Alicia Belch “Moonlight and Deep Waters" by Hannah Moore “Conversation and Lyric" by Daniel Piazza “Battlefield Angel” by Justin Allen Congratulations to all who will be published! Keep an eye out for the edition in the coming weeks! Have a wonderful holiday!

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As Alexander Pope said, "To err is human," and wow, did we err! The submission deadline for The Bayleaf is November 18th, not November 11th. We apologize for any confusion we may have caused by posting the 11th as the submission date, and we hope you will forgive us and send us your original work!

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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
  • 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
  • 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 hand 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 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 or (570) 348-6219.

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