har·bin·ger (här’bin-jer) n.

One that indicates or foreshadows 
what is to come; a forerunner.

It’s a fitting name for the Stephens College literary journal. The publication is a forerunner on the national level, winning the Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award from Sigma Tau Delta for seven of the last 10 years. Although it’s changed names and formats, our literary journal has allowed students from all disciplines to publish their works for nearly a century. In 1980, the publication became Harbinger, a name that signifies its dedication to publishing the works of writers and artists of the future.

A student-run publication, Harbinger is the starting point for many writers, giving them an opportunity to publicly showcase their talents for the first time. We maintain a high literary standard, closely examining each submission and accepting only those which have vivid detail, sharp language and innovative subject matters. We select pieces that speak to the common human experience and works that push readers to the edge.

As one of the top college literary magazines, it is our mission to publish the best literary and artistic works Stephens College students have to offer. The result is a collection of talented new voices showing our readers what the future holds.

Harbinger receives seventh first place award in 10 years

Harbinger's 2020 issue, "Outside the Lines," was awarded first place for Outstanding Literary Arts Journal by the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. The issue features student-written and -edited short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, one-act plays and interviews with people in the arts. The perfect-bound magazine is also student-designed and showcases a full color art feature and illustrations.

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Faculty Adviser

Kristine Somerville,
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing

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