Hothouse’s Cover Contest NOW OPEN (to all majors)!

Calling all artists, photographers, and graphic designers: Hothouse Literary Journal needs a cover design for our journal coming out this May! This is your chance to have you artwork featured on a specialized medium and viewed by hundreds of readers. Please email your design(s) to by March 11!


  •  Preferably has Hothouse Literary Journal (or just Hothouse) somewhere on the design.
  • Can be anything–a photograph, a drawing, a collage, etc. We only ask that it’s your original work!
  • You can include a back cover design if you’d like, but it’s not required.
  • Send files in PDF, JPG, or PNG format.
  • Files should be 300 dpi.
  • The dimensions of our journal are 6″ x 9″.
  • Each individual may submit up to three designs.

For examples of past covers, please click here. You may also visit the office of Brad Humphries in Parlin 114 to look at the physical copies of previous journals.

Please direct any further questions to

The Problem with Antigone: A Martyr’s Motivations

Written by Emily Ogden

For fairly obvious reasons (he committed both patricide and incest), I could have written this segment of our Problematic Literary Faves column on Oedipus. But instead I decided to focus on his kids, who have just as many problems. Oedipus and his mother bore two sons and two daughters: Polyneices, Eteocles, Antigone, and Ismene. In the beginning of Sophocles’ Antigone, both brothers have died on opposing sides of a civil war. Creon, Antigone’s uncle and the king since Oedipus gouged out his eyes and exiled himself (see reasons above), has decided to deny his nephew Polyneices’ body proper burial rights as punishment for the side he chose. (This is actually quite a big deal, because it means Polyneices will not proceed into the afterlife.) Antigone defies Creon and buries her brother. Tragically, she is caught and left to die in a cave, where she hangs herself before poor Haemon, her fiancé and Creon’s son, finds her. He also commits suicide, which finally makes Creon wish he had handled this a bit differently, but of course this all came just a little too late.

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Shailja Patel’s Migritude: Poetry in Motion

Written by Katelyn Connolly

Migritude is a text obsessed with movement. The content of Shailja Patels striking work of poetic theatre, first staged in 2006 and published in book form in 2010, is a meditation on the history, politics, and emotion of migration. Her story moves across Africa, Europe. and North America. Its form is an exercise in the fluidity of style, genre and narrative voice. In performance, it calls upon dance and choreography to drive home spoken word. And the text itself came to me and passed from my hands in a remarkably diffusive manner. My friend read Migritude for a class called Reading Resistanceat a college in Portland; she mailed it to me because she knew of my interest in memoir and witness; I passed it along to my old roommate here in Austin because her family are Gujarati emigrants, like Patels own. Each of us reads for a different reason, and the text continues to move physically across land and through new lenses of meaning.

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Why Writers Can’t Write Alike

Written by Kevin LaTorre

Without a doubt, one of the most mythologized aspects of celebrities today is the strangeness of their preparations. On the basketball court, Michael Jordan slipped into his Tar Heels shorts, and Bill Russell vomited into his toilet bowl. On the ice, Alex Ovechkin made sure to, well, properly relax before and after his hockey games. The quirks of athletes, meant to induce the right mindset for the competition, strike the average person as bizarre. But the daily schedules of writers are no different. Readers marvel at the various oddities of these creatives, and in time, mythologize the myth-makers. Whether writers work early or late, sober or not, readers will always be intrigued by their days’ meticulous arrangements. Why? These men and women have found gold at the end of their constructed rainbows. We, as good little checkers-of-boxes, want to know what it took to climb the dazzling colors. As if it were only a hop, skip, and jump.

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Rear Window Meets Gone Girl in This Editor-Turned-Author’s Novel

Written by Katie Martinez

Daniel Mallory’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window, recently claimed the number-one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel is published under the pseudonym A. J. Finn by the publishing house William Morrow, which also happens to be where Mallory himself worked as an editor. According to a feature that appeared in the NYT, Mallory had always planned to submit the manuscript under a pseudonym as he felt his own authors may be disconcerted to see their own editor’s name splashed across a hardback in a bookstore.

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A Young Writer’s Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos

Ursula K. Le Guin came into my life at the most formative time—not childhood or adolescence, but when I began to take writing seriously: in college. My first creative writing professor urged us to draw maps of our stories; “if you can’t visualize the space your characters inhabit, how will you show the reader?” On the projector, he put up maps from The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and A Wizard of Earthsea. On the back page of my notebook I made a list: “Must Read.” To it, I added: Le Guin, Earthsea. Every workshop, this same professor brought books that reminded him of that day’s story and provided more worlds to inspire us. Earthsea popped up again, so I circled it on my list: it was time to read about Ged.

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