The Ignatian

An integral thread of USF’s historical tapestry for more than 100 years,The Ignatian is our student-run annual literary magazine.

It strives to publish outstanding two-dimensional works, be they pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drawings, or art in any form lending itself to print. Edited by undergraduate students and supported by Assistant Professor Bruce Snider, The Ignatian’s submissions are open to all artists & writers.

The Ignatian allows USF students to grow as editors and publishers, and provides a space for authors from across the country to have their work published and read. As editor-in-chief, I was proud to help foster these opportunities. Editing the magazine gave me mountains of leadership experience and was an unforgettable part of my college experience.

David Garcia, current editor-in-chief

The History of the Ignatian

The original Ignatian was first released in 1910 as a literary journal, alumni magazine and sports report. This format lasted until 1924, when the Ignatian morphed into The Don, USF's yearbook. In the 1930s and 1940s, The Don became the San Francisco Literary Quarterly (SFLQ), publishing writings by students, faculty and staff. In 1960s, a magazine called The Gaviota replaced the SFLQ. During the free speech movement of the 1960s, the magazine moved off campus, since the editors felt that their freedom of expression was threatened.

While The Ignatian was on hiatus in the 1970s, USF's student newspaper, The Foghorn, collected and occasionally published student work in a special section. Finally, in 1988, the current Ignatian was revived due to student interest and renewed ASUSF funding, though it appeared in a newspaper format for several years.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit your work to Submittable.
  • Submissions should not have been previously published elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • We aim to provide a response to submitted work within three months of receiving your submission(s).
  • Work submitted must be the sole creative creation of the applying author, and should not be plagiarized from any other source.

Additional guidelines

Questions? Contact ignatianlitmag@gmail.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Tumblr

It was such a feeling of pride to hold the new issue of The Ignatian at the end of the year. Being on the Ignatian staff was some of the most valuable experience I got from college, from collaborating with peers to seeing different sides of the writing process to learning how to navigate the official channels of the University. I worked harder on that magazine than any other project in college, and it was by far the best thing I did with my time.

Lisa Ellis '15, Former Co-Editor of the Ignatian

Contact Info

Department of English

Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 487 (415) 422-6426 (415) 422-5426