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Currents Literary and Arts Magazine strives to promote the visual and written Arts among the students, faculty and staff of Christopher Newport University by providing an opportunity to publish their work in a medium that gives them recognition at the University and the community abroad. 

The Organization

With nearly three decades behind it, Currents Magazine is CNU’s longest running student produced publication. The magazine’s sole purpose is to provide young writers and artists a space to share their works and voice. In that spirit, Currents promotes an atmosphere of intellectual freedom of expression. Contributions are collected year round, and may consist of creative writing, fine art, and music. The magazine is published annually in April, at which time it is unveiled at the annual release party. 

Contributing to Currents provides the opportunity to share your work with the CNU community via public readings of your written work, or showings of your fine arts pieces. Once published, your work will travel with Currents into the community abroad and onto a large academic arena, as the magazine strives to compete with other University level creative publications.

Since 2004 Currents magazine has been sponsored by Dr. Mary Wright, and Professor Betty Anglin. Each year the magazine is headed by a new editor-in-chief who is then assisted by a team of both English, and Fine Arts editors. Aside from the two faculty advisors, Currents is completely run by students. 

Published only once a year the magazine has seen several changes in years past. Thanks to extended funding from the University, the magazine has evolved from a spiral bound edition, to a gorgeously printed traditional magazine format. The magazine is also now capable of extending prizes to the three best entires in both the creative writing and fine arts category. 


Ariane Irvine - Editor-in-chief

Sara Teller - Art Editor

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Dr. Mary Wright - Faculty Advisor, English Department

Prof. Betty Anglin - Faculty Advisor, Fine Arts Department


All contributions must meet the following criteria, per category:

For literature:

Entry must be submitted in Microsoft Word

Limited 5 submissions per person

Shorts stories are to be no longer than 5-7 pages

Each entry should include, name, telephone number, email, and title of the piece

For Music;

Limited to 5 songs per artist/group

Must be original compositions

Please contact us at currents@cnu.edu for submission. 

For Art:

Limited to 3 items per person

Entries must be display ready (matted)

Please deliver to the Alexick Student Gallery in the Ferguson Center for the Arts

Include an entry form with your submission 

Currents Prospectus.doc