About the Magazine
For more than 170 years The Yale Literary Magazine, Yale's "Old
Lady in Brown," has featured the finest poetry, fiction, criticism,
and artwork by Yale students. The first undergraduate magazine and the
oldest literary review in the nation, the venerable Lit is at once proud
of its tradition and responsive to its literary and artistic innovation.
A biannual publication of archival quality, the Lit reflects the vibrant literary and artisitic communities at Yale. Each semester the number of submissions greatly exceeds what the magazine can accommodate, testifying to the Lit's health and allowing the magazine to maintain its high editorial standards. A rigorous process guarantees the publication of the most mature work.
As a showcase for undergraduate talent in traditional and experimental modes, The Yale Literary Magazine promises to please and surprise. Particular attention to design and presentation makes the Lit a striking and engaging publication. We invite you to explore our website and to join our list of subscribers who appreciate the Lit's elegant execution of its mission to publish the finest writing and visual art at Yale.
A brief history by Helen Phillips of some of the more interesting moments in the history of the Yale Literary Magazine is available for download as a PDF here.
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