North Central College - Naperville, IL

30 North

Working for 30 North will set you apart: Ours is one of the country's only national journals produced and written exclusively by undergraduates. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor who has years of experience editing national independent literary journals and learn firsthand how to layout, produce and distribute this annual publication. You'll also read and assess creative fiction, poetry, drama and essay submissions.

By learning to identify pieces worthy of publication, you'll strengthen your own writing-after all, being a skilled writer starts with being a skilled reader. Exposure to a broad range of styles and genres will also enhance your own use of rich images, interesting characters, evocative metaphors and engaging plots.

You can also:

  • Earn academic credit by joining the 30 North staff.
  • Showcase your creativity by reading your own work, playing music or performing a stand-up comedy routine at the Underground, an open mic night sponsored by the 30 North.
  • Network with the creative writing community, small independent presses, and the literary scene around Chicago.
  • Connect with students on campus and across the country who share your editorial interests
Co-Editor, 30 North

Though Nicholas also enjoys studying computer science, he explores his writing interests as coeditor of North Central’s literary magazine, 30 North. As a creative writer, Nicholas drafts poetry and short fiction with darker themes, but as a coeditor, he reads other writers’ works.

In this role, Nicholas distributes submissions to the magazine staff and, based on their criticism, helps decide which pieces will be accepted for the current issue. This process gives Nicholas unique and valuable insight into the publishing process for a publication.

“Students can take any number of classes that focus on publishing, but actually being involved and partially in charge of the process can lead to even...

Co-Editor, 30 North

When she’s not contributing to an online news blog or working at Oesterle Library, Katie Draves holds several responsibilities as coeditor of North Central’s literary magazine, 30 North. She helps run staff meetings, organizes magazine events and communicates with Naperville printing companies. But her largest priority is creating a quality publication.

“The 30 North staff works its hardest to make sure the physical journal is the best it can be, so it can circulate among writers effectively,” she says.

As one of two student editors on the magazine, Katie has learned the importance of attentive leadership. She interacts with the staff by answering...