Inkwell is the student literary magazine at Bethany Lutheran College. We publish a print issue annually in the spring. We also regularly feature content on The Well, our online magazine. 

Inkwell also hosts an annual poetry contest open to submissions from both BLC and non-BLC affiliated individuals. The Our Barbaric Yawp! contest is sponsored by the Bethany Lutheran College Ada Stokes Writing Center and is a collaboration of the Bethany Lutheran College Media Arts Department, Memorial Library, Inkwell Literary Magazine, and Ada Stokes Writing Center.

Please visit our website for more information. See the categories below for specific submission information and guidelines. 



Dear 2019-20 Yawp Poetry Contestants: 

Thank you for supporting Our Barbaric Yawp: BLC Celebrates National Poetry Month by submitting your work to the 2019-20 Inkwell poetry contest. As you know, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan have issued “Stay Home” orders for the state of Minnesota. 

The Inkwell staff is comprised of college students who were sent home in March and will not return to campus until the fall of 2020-21. Due to the campus closure, we temporarily suspended operations as well as the announcement of the 2019-20 Inkwell poetry contest winners. This year, we received a record number of submissions, and — due to these unprecedented times — the poems have not yet been ranked. We will do so this summer.

The 2019-20 Yawp poetry contest winners will be announced by August 25, 2020. 

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we wish you well. 


The Inkwell Staff

Inkwell regularly features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book and event reviews, interviews, as well as musings on writing and the writing life on The Well, our blog. The sky is the limit! Submissions are open to BLC students, alumni, and faculty/staff. We accept submissions to The Well year-round, and provide editorial feedback to contributors.  

Please include a cover letter with your submission and tell us a bit about yourself and the piece you're submitting.