We publish original works in creative writing (poetry, short stories, one act plays etc.) and visual art (photography, digital art etc.). A new edition is released each semester. On this site you can find: more information about the team, upcoming events/activities and competitions, and our new weekly editions of “Central Shorts.” We are a Registered Student Organization at Central Michigan University and the main Art and Literary Magazine for CMU undergraduate students. Nonetheless, we are not an official CMU organization and our web site is not sponsored or managed by CMU.
CMU’S CREATIVE VOICE
We aim to be the voice of expression and change in the CMU community, by standing as an unbiased outlet for creativity.
Where We Are and Where We’re Going
The goal in this year and years following is to expand. We plan to expand to this website, a weekly publication, a potential podcast/Youtube channel, and many events around campus; even co-oping with other RSOs.
Halloween Contest Virtual Event: October 29th
Submit All Pieces to the Central Review Email (link in contact info below)
Central Review Spring 2021 Edition Deadline: March 22
Ongoing: Central Shorts
Submit For Spring 2021!!!
This semester for Central Review, we decided to ditch the theme and let your creativity run wild! Feel free to send in anything you want; any genre, theme, or topic. You write it, we want to read it. Our deadline is March 22 so send all submissions to the Central Review email before then.
Magazine Submissions: Short stories & one act plays 3,000 words maximum 3-page length maximum for poetry pieces. Visual art pieces Can submit up to 3 pieces. Examples. 1 short story/one act play, 1 poetry piece, one visual art. Or. 1 short story/one act play, 2 poetry pieces. Or. 1. Short story, 2 visual art pieces. Etc.
Central Shorts Guidelines: 3,000 word maximum for one act plays and short stories. 3-page length maxim for poetry submissions Visual art pieces
Halloween Competition: Short Story Competition- 10-12 page stories with a spooky, scary, or fun Halloween theme.
Meet The Team!
We are a team of eleven dedicated students with a love for creativity, committed to providing our peers with opportunities to share their creative talents. We are your editorial staff:)
Dejah Love, Editor-in-Chief
Dejah is our Editor-in-Chief for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. But who is Dejah Love? Well, for starters, she’s a senior studying English, Literature, Languages, and Writing with a concentration in Creative Writing. She loves to write romance novels mixed with a bit of something… else. She has four dogs named Kash, Money, Dolla, and Lola. One day, Dejah hopes to publish a novel of her own and help others get published as well.
Paige is a junior at CMU studying English Literatures, Language, and Writing with a specialization in Creative Writing, and has been an editor for Central Review since the Spring of 2020. Paige is from Goodrich, Michigan and currently resides in Metamora, Michigan with her mom, dad, younger sister Mo, and sociopathic dog Ruby. In her free time, Paige enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and hiking.
Kelsey Light is a senior at Central Michigan. She’s majoring in English and is getting a certificate in creative writing. When she isn’t napping or watching Netflix, she is hanging out with her cat named Edgar Allen Poe. Other than her love for reading and listening to music, she enjoys puns which is why she has a lightbulb tattoo after her last name.
Brandan Strickland is a Senior English and Broadcasting student who now serves as
member of the Central Review team. He was published in the Fall 2019 issue with his short
story “The Sin Eater,” one of his proudest achievements. He also plays DnD in his spare time, along with other games such as Hearthstone and The Witcher 3. He hopes to one day produce and write his own animated television series.
My name is Reilly Ingleson & I am a senior. I am double majoring in English Literature & French with a specialization in Creative Writing & a certificate in teaching English as a second language. I am an avid coffee drinker, a book nerd, a wannabe poet, & have great love for traveling & the outdoors! After my undergraduate degree is finished, I want to serve in the Peace Corp!
Jenna is a senior pursuing a degree in English Literature, Language, and Writing with a minor in History. She is from Saginaw, MI and graduated from Swan Valley High School. In her free time, she enjoys reading children’s literature, watching Netflix, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. Some of her favorite musicians are The Weeknd, The 1975, Mac Miller, and Lana Del Rey. Her favorite part of the day is coming home to see her one year-old kitten, Fitz.
Kelly is a senior at CMU who is majoring in elementary education with a focus in language arts. Along with being an editor for Central Review, she is a mentor in the Lunch Buddies program and loves Disney more than your average six year old. While watching Disney movies, Kelly also loves to eat pasta, and read and write.
Edwin Williamson is a junior at CMU majoring in Anthropology and English Literature, along with a minor in Art History. Edwin is also a member of the CMB and when he isn’t writing poetry or playing you music, you can find him sleeping, drawing, or desperately trying to catch up on readings for class.
Alyssa Elms is a junior at CMU majoring in Secondary English Education with a minor in History. Alyssa loves acting and watching plays, reading and writing, and riding horses. She is very excited to join the editing team!
Tori Myers is a sophomore pursuing an Integrative Public Relations major with a minor in journalism. She is on the social media committee and on the Central Shorts committee. In the future, she hopes to work for nonprofits.
Jahdiel, the webmaster, is a second-year student double majoring in English and Public Relations, with a minor in Broadcast Cinematic Arts. Jahdiel has a strong passion for all things creative. Outside of Central Review, Jahdiel goes on his own creative pursuits as an individual and as a part of a creative group known as Kintsugi Cult.
Where You Can Reach Us
Editor’s Note (Spring 2020)
Last semester, when my team and I sat down to choose the theme for the Spring 2020 issue, we thought The Reemerging Twenties would be perfect. We expected the turn of the decade to inspire creators with its possibilities for fresh hope, new starts, and unwritten chapters. We were thinking more flapper dresses and faux-fur stoles instead of face masks and plastic gloves, but I guess 2020 had a bit of a different idea.
We are currently living through the moments that will be written about in history books. While all the political strife and governmental highs and lows will definitely be recorded, studied, and dissected just like the AIDS pandemic, the flu pandemic, or any of the six Cholera pandemics, I can’t help but wonder how the feeling of this moment will be translated to future generations. Will they know how bored we were? Will they know all that we missed out on? Will they know that we weren’t okay?
At Central Review, we pride ourselves on being an outlet for students during all times—good, bad, and quarantined—so the decision to extend our deadline was a no-brainer and I am so happy we did. I always knew how powerful the arts were but reading all the submissions solidified that fact in a new way. Art expresses things that can’t be materialized in a history book. Art can and will translate unspeakable feelings through time and space. If you don’t believe me, just read this issue.
This is my last year at CMU and my last semester with Central Review. Of all the ways I planned to celebrate my ending to such a beautiful time in my life, this was not even close to one of them. With tears in my eyes, I know I am leaving Central Review in the most capable and talented hands, even if this isn’t how I wanted to leave.
Though our expectations of 2020 didn’t go as planned, it’s important to remember that this is not wasted time. Use these months as an opportunity to explore your passions, practice self-care, and write, paint, sing, or dance to your heart’s content. Art will never be dictated by a space; it can happen anywhere. All that’s left to say is stay inspired, stay safe, and stay inside.
Editor-in-Chief, Spring 2020