Our mission statement: to celebrate and promote reading and writing on campus. WUD Publications aims to offer Badgers various leadership opportunities to gain experience in publishing-related fields. We provide creative outlets for UW-Madison students through our journals, lectures with established authors, mentoring program with professionals in the journalism and publishing industries, plan an awesome literary festival and more.

Other opportunities to get involved: Emmie, our music magazine; Illumination, our literary and arts journal; Souvenirs, a collection of reflections and photography from fellow Badgers who have studied abroad; Moda, our fashion and style magazine; UW Flash Fiction, where we publish short fiction; and The Dish, an original food blog created with hungry Badgers in mind. PubCom also includes Fade In, a screenwriting writers' group.

You can view our entire collection of publications at http://issuu.com/wudpublications.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Publications Committee. In order for us to more fully understand why you are interested in joining the committee, please answer the questions below. Email your proposal to WUD Publications Director at publications@union.wisc.edu. You may contact the director with any questions you may have as you complete this form. After you submit this proposal, set-up a time to meet with the WUD Publications Director to discuss the status of your application. To review the expectations of Official WUD Publications, New WUD Publications Trial Groups and Groups Supported by WUD Publications, click here: http://go.wisc.edu/WUDPublicationsJournalExpectations.

Now accepting applications for Associate Director positions 

Application open until filled.

Big news, folks! WUD Publications is hiring the next round of Associate Directors. That means you could help support your favorite magazine or journal while gaining skills in finances, advertising and event planning! A brief reminder—WUD Publications prints four magazines and three journals each semester. Those publications include EMMIE (music magazine), Illumination (literary journal), JUST (The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology), MODA (fashion and style magazine), Sifting and Winnowing (undergraduate journal for political science), Souvenirs (travel magazine), and The Dish (food magazine). The Wisconsin Union Directorate Publications Committee also offers educational support for other student-ran media organizations. On top of all that, WUD Publications plans the annual Harry Potter themed charity dance, Yule Ball. And Lit Fest. And UW Fashion Week. And Lit After Dark. So if writing, editing, and photography isn’t your deal, we’ve got plenty of programming and special events opportunities for you, too. Check it out, friends!   


- Build a leadership staff for business, marketing, layout, editorial, and online aspects, working with WUD Publications Committee director to facilitate staff selection process
- Chair staff meetings
- Work closely with the Special Events Coordinator to plan effective and well attended functions
- Connect campus arts and humanities leaders to maintain a relationship and attempt to co-sponsor events outside of the University
- Promote the publication to different campus groups and private groups to try to gain new resources and expand what the publication has to offer, seeking co-sponsorships
- Ensure that all staff members are executing their tasks effectively
- Create a social media strategy and calendar for successful marketing alongside the Social Media Manager
- Provide training for staff members as needed
- Actively maintain communication with the WUD Publications Committee Director and Program Advisor

Print Production:
- Oversee the production of the print journal each semester
- Maintain a positive relationship with University Marketing and the Wisconsin Union’s Marketing and Graphics Departments
- Negotiate a final agreement on the content of the journal with the staff of the publication

WUD Publications Committee Executive Board:
- Attend weekly Publications Committee Executive Board meetings
- Assist with WUD Publications Committee events throughout the year
- Actively promote WUD Publications and full committee programing

Submission Criteria:

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Illumination! We're excited to review your piece, and look forward to sharing your work with the campus community. Before completing the submission, please review the following criteria to ensure that your piece meets our standards. If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at illumination@library.wisc.edu

A word on our submissions:

Our submissions are blind, so we are not able to see your name or contact details until after we've made a decision on your piece, and these are never a factor in choosing our pieces --we accept works entirely on merit. We ask that you write your name so that we can contact you regarding the decision we make on your piece, and so that we can give you due credit on your work at the time of publishing. However, if you would like to remain unknown, write "Anonymous" or N/A on the name field.

If you are submitting Fiction, Poetry, or Essays:

All written work should be in PDF, DOC, DOCX, and TXT format. Pieces should be formatted in a way that you would like them reproduced in the journal. Essays that exceed 3,000 words may be edited for length. Please include page numbers in the lower right corner of each page. If there are any additional materials that you would like to include with your piece (such as an artist statement or a background on your piece) please include them as part of the same submission, although these are not necessary

If you are submitting Visual Artwork:

All art pieces should have an image quality of 300dpi with CMYK coloring. Only upload using a TIFF format to ensure maximum image quality. Images should be submitted at their full resolution to allow for proper sizing in the print issue. If your piece does not follow these guidelines you may be asked to re-submit, or your piece might get rejected altogether, depending on time constraints.

Please include the media used to create the piece and its dimensions. Artists with work selected for the print journal are invited to hang their piece in the Open Book Cafe at College Library (or an alternative location) as part of the Illumination gallery. This gallery typically runs for the later part of the semester and artists are celebrated at our opening reception. All artists are encouraged to submit their pieces, and all works are returned to their authors at the end of the exhibition.

Keep in Mind:

Submissions will not be accepted after the posted deadline unless previously discussed with the Editor-in-Chief. If special circumstances prevent you from submitting your piece by the deadline, a brief extension may be issued. Contact illumination@library.wisc.edu if you need more information.

Best wishes, and good luck!