In 2004, I was introduced to Mr. Clint Weathers, a Metro State creative writing student. Clint had a passion for writing and the energy to rebirth a literary magazine that had made its genesis in the mid-1990s, but was laid to rest in 2000. Clint took his passion and ran with it. He and I worked together by gathering a group of students, also passionate to work as genre editors (prose, poetry, and art), and our first issue launched in spring of 2005. We received 32 submissions for that initial issue and published 25 of those. Almost 20 years later, I am honored to still be advising this journal, and I feel especially honored working with so many talented students. This is a result of good karma.Each semester work is submitted for [blind] voting by a volunteer editorial staff, which consists of current Metro students working in the areas of prose, poetry and art. Students may apply to be a volunteer editor if they are experienced in these areas. Editors must commit to two semesters of service, and they are expected to make publication decisions and participate at in-person readings twice each year. As the faculty advisor I meet regularly with the editors, and works closely with managing editors, as well as with Student Life and Leadership Development.

Who Submits?

Metro State students are encouraged to submit their work for consideration during open submission periods listed on our web site. Our published writers and artists spread across various disciplines of study to include creative writing, psychology, history, education, nursing, business, studio arts, screenwriting, and social sciences. We also welcome submissions from graduate students and alumni. Currently our managing editor is a graduate student, and the managing editor before her was a soon to be graduate of our MLS program.

Why Submit?

Being published in Haute Dish is an accolade not available at many colleges and universities. Whether getting published or participating as an editor, the experience is valuable to employers as much as it is for you. Our writers and artists have found careers as editors, illustrators, writers, and design artists. Several of our authors/artists find themselves in graduate programs, teaching in the field of writing or publication, or is a lawyer in the Twin Cities. Published students have gone on to win The Carothers Distinguished Writers Award, The President’s Outstanding Student Award, The Loft Literary Center’s Mentorship Award, and many have long lists of ongoing publications.

How and Where to Submit?

Submissions are accepted two times a year for each printed issue. Submission information is available at https://hautedish.metrostate.

Printed magazines are available in the Student Education Center and throughout every Metro State building. If you cannot find an issue, contact us and we will get you a copy.  Published students have the opportunity to participate in readings scheduled during Fall and Spring semesters. Our artists are encouraged to participate in the readings by sharing their process with the audience. Time is allowed at each reading for open mic participants that use our sign-in sheet. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Haute Dish editorial team, please contact me. We hope you think of us the next time you serve your favorite dish.