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The Inside Scoop on Ball State's Literary Magazine: The Broken Plate

We sat down with Professor Mark Neely, faculty supervisor of The Broken Plate, and Jackson Eflin, a former Broken Plate staff member who has also had his work published in the literary magazine. 

What is The neelyBroken Plate?

The Broken Plate is a literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography (among other things) by writers and artists from around the world. Each issue is edited by an interdisciplinary group of Ball State undergraduate students and released at our annual In Print Festival of First Books.

You’ve been the editor of the magazine for several years now. How have things changed over time?

When I took over as faculty adviser for the magazine, it was a small operation run by a few student volunteers. They only published the work of Ball State students, mostly that of a small group of friends.

I wanted to make it a more valuable experience for both the editors and for the Ball State writing community, so I used our existing course in Literary Editing and Publishing as a way to professionalize the magazine, and to spread the word more effectively about our submissions process. Eventually, we opened up submissions to all writers, which increased our pool of pieces to choose from, and I think it makes for a more rewarding experience for students.

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Now Hiring! Come Join Our Department!

The English Department is currently hiring for two new positions. They are as listed:

  1. Assistant Professor for Early and 19th Century American Literature in the College of Science and Humanities
  2. Assistant Professor for Film and and Global Literatures in the Department of English

For more information, check out the flyers!preview-full-earlyand19thcentury_jobadpreview-full-filmandgloballiteratures_jobad

Creative Types: "The Broken Plate," Ball State's national literary magazine, needs you!

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  • The Broken Plate needs passionate, detail-oriented students to promote quality literature this fall. If you’re interested, you must e-mail Professor Silas Hansen ( before adding the class to your schedule.

  • Taking ENG 489 means getting a chance to work with your fellow classmates on a poetry, short story, or flash fiction team.

  • Over the course of the semester, you can review/edit submissions, organize the magazine, and even pick a photo for the cover.

  • By creating an issue of The Broken Plate, you’ll gain design, editing, and social media skills you can use in other immersive learning courses and which will strengthen your resumé.

  • You can get more information, and a free copy of this year’s issue, at In-Print X (2015) on March 17th and 18th!

Do you like free money? Just apply!

Last year, the department awarded over $11,000 to outstanding students.

This year, we want more applicants than ever before! Apply by Monday, March 9, 2015, and show us why you deserve to receive scholarship money and recognition. 

Undergraduate scholarships

Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship

  • If you like to write poetry, this is the scholarship for you!
    • Previous winners:
      • 2014: Brent Holden
      • 2013: Scott Bugher
      • 2012: Anne Haben

Elizabeth Martin Scholarship

  • We give this scholarship to students who demonstrate their scholarship and character by taking on leadership roles.
    • 2014 winners:
      Daniel Brount

      Daniel Brount, Editor in Chief at The Ball State Daily News.

      • Daniel Brount
      • Rachel Johnson
      • Brittany Means

Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language

  • If you want to sign up for this scholarship, you have to be a teaching major in English/Language Arts. You also have to be enrolled in an English as a Second Language licensure program.
  • If the selection committee recommends it, the award may go to you and several other students.
    • 2014 winners:
      • Seula Han
      • Isaac Muhando

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We’re sponsoring 7 students to attend Taylor’s Making Literature Conference

We’re excited about the “Making Literature” Conference at Taylor University (February 26-28, 2015), and we want to make sure that a group of Ball State English students presents (and represents!) at the conference.

This is an amazing opportunity to share your work, hear great readings from amazing guest speakers (Jessie van Eerden, Angela Shannon, Scott Russell Sanders, Miho Nonaka), and add a great line to your resume.

Creative and critical work are both accepted.

Sponsorships Available

Further, we are giving you the chance to attend the conference and HAVE IT PAID FOR!

The English Department will sponsor 7 students to attend—we will pay for conference registration ($75) and transportation back and forth to the conference all three days for the 7 selected students!

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English Student Daniel Brount discusses his experiences in Ball State’s Unified Media

When people ask me what I’m going to do with my English major, sometimes I don’t know what to say. And before you think it: No, it is not because there aren’t any options for me. It’s because there are too many.

By working as a part of Ball State’s Unified Media, I’m exploring several professional options that not only enhance my resume, but also benefit me by helping me decide what career path to pursue. Unified Media encompasses numerous organizations: The Daily News, Ball Bearings, Ball State Weekly, WCRD, and NewsLink. That means there are a lot of chances to learn outside the classroom.

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Writing Program Sponsors Online Teaching Boot Camp

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Online Teaching Boot Camp Offered by the Writing Program

The Writing Program is pleased to announce that we will be offering a special two-day workshop this semester on online teaching. We’d love to have you join us if you have any interest in teaching online or hybrid courses for the Writing Program. Your participation in the workshop will open up the possibility of being assigned an online/hybrid course at Ball State. For TAs in particular, the training will add another marketable credential to your CV.

Though the workshop will focus on teaching first-year writing, faculty who teach other courses are welcome to join us.

We will meet face-to-face on Saturday, April 19 from 12:30-5 and online on Saturday May 17th. You’ll hear advice on using Blackboard for peer review, communicating, generating learner engagement, creating audio lectures, and more.

Participants will receive a copy of Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online: How and Why and lunch on the 19th. Please register by April 14th by emailing Melissa Hull (

The workshop is organized by Andrew Scott. Please feel free to email him with any questions (

English Department Will Host An Open House for Prospective Graduate Students April 5

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We are having an information session on our graduate programs in English on April 5 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the Robert Bell building. A Ball State M.A. makes a great stepping stone to Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs; our M.A. students have gone on to join prestigious programs. M.A. students also continue on to degrees in other areas, such as Law, Museum Studies, and Library Science. In addition, an M.A. degree can be the next step toward a career in writing, publishing, editing, curating, marketing, or community college teaching or toward an alternative career within academia, (such as administration, marketing, etc…).

If students want to find out more about graduate school in English at Ball State, they can take a study break to consider what they will do after graduation. They will need to register in advance (the link to do so is on the main page of the English department website), but it’s free and they get lunch!

Paid Internships Available for BSU Students at Midwest Writers Workshop 2014


Midwest Writers Workshop is offering eight paid internships to current Ball State students (or Spring 2014 graduates) so that you can professionally benefit from our summer workshop in July 2014.

MWW is an annual writers’ conference which gathers agents, editors, and publishing professionals, and which includes 35+ concurrent panels on the craft and business of writing, as well as agent pitch sessions, query critiques, and readings. Attendees range in age from 16 to 80 and come from all over the country. The conference will take place in Muncie July 24–26. Please visit to learn more about the conference.

Payment: 34 hours at $9.00/hr = $306.

Download the application here: MWW Internship Application

Application Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Get Ready for In Print 2014 by Reading These Interview Excerpts

The 2014 In Print Festival is coming next week in Assembly Hall at the Alumni Center! On Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM, the visiting authors will read from their work.  The authors, along with editor Jodee Stanley, will also participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 PM. By attending the Festival, you will be able to reach out to the writing community and gain insight into life as a writer from experienced authors. To get a taste of who will be speaking at the Festival, take a look at these interview excerpts from the In Print panelists.  Full versions of the interviews can be found in the newest edition of The Broken Plate, which is available for free to all who attend In Print.

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