The purpose of the Press is to advance the creative pursuits of St. Andrews University students and outside writers.
Since its inception in 1969, St. Andrews Press has published over 200 volumes of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, of which over 80 are still in print. Distinguished authors whose works have been printed by the St. Andrews Press include Anthony S. Abbott, Barry Gifford, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Joel Oppenheimer, Sam Ragan, Hiroaki Sato, Shelby Stephenson, and many others.
As the nation’s first undergraduate press, we continue to encourage the publication of excellent writing. We are home to CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review, our nationally recognized literary magazine; the original St. Andrews Review was called by the late Allen Ginsberg “the best, most up-to-date literary magazine since the Black Mountain Review.” Additionally, we publish Gravity Hill, a campus literary magazine.
The Alan Bunn Memorial Chapbook competition annually sees outstanding St. Andrews University student writers honored with the publication of a manuscript of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, stage or screenwriting, or a combination thereof. This competition is blindly judged by professional writers. Recent judges include poet/professor James Reiss; St. Andrews alumni Beth Copeland, John Lawson, and John Williamson; and well-known poet Theodore Enslin.
“Gravity Hill is a student-run literary journal that is published annually in the spring,” said Dr. Ted Wojtasik, faculty advisor for the publication. “The journal was created to showcase work by St. Andrews students, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends of the University.”
The editorial board welcomes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, photographs, and artwork.
Gravity Hill is named after the local legend of the car accident at the intersection of Stewartsville Cemetery and Old Maxton Roads where a woman and her child were killed by an 18-wheeler and where, today, if you stop your car and put it in neutral, the two ghosts will push your car up the hill out of harm’s way.