The Round Table Literary Journal publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art once a year. The selected work will be honored and awards will be given during an annual reading ceremony in the spring term. Learn more about our guidelines and submit your work here.
The Round Table Literary Journal is the historic print literary journal of Hopkinsville Community College. Established by former HCC English professor, Frances Thomas, the journal has been published annually since 1956, showcasing the best literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and high-contrast artwork from the local area and beyond.
The Round Table Literary Journal, named after Hopkinsville Community College’s Round Table Literary Park, is founded upon the idea that all voices deserve representation. We publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork that respect language and craft. We also strive to develop a sense of community and kinship between our local area and the world at large.
We believe that good writing and well-rendered art has the power to change the world. Regardless of the medium, we want pieces that take us somewhere emotionally, pieces we can’t stop thinking about. We are particularly interested in work from underrepresented voices.
Note: we do have a Children’s Corner, so we are a family-friendly publication. That means we are not the market for overt sexuality, gratuitous violence, heavy use of profanity, or nudity in artwork.
Caitlin Chester teaches English and literature at Hopkinsville Community College. She is primarily a nonfiction writer who is embarking on a journey towards fiction. She holds an MFA from Murray State University. She is a past contributor to Paducah Life Magazine, Christian Woman, and Archive of Our Own. Connect with her on Twitter @CaitlinChester4.
Elizabeth Burton teaches English and literature at Hopkinsville Community College. She is primarily a fiction writer who dabbles in creative nonfiction and poetry. She holds an MFA from Spalding University. Her recent work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Chautauqua, The Louisville Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, The MacGuffin, Ellipsis Zine’s Three, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. For a full bio, visit her website at www.elizabethburtonwriter.com or find her on Twitter @eburton_writes.