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

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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