The Reed

The Reed is an undergraduate journal about existentialism published each spring by students at St Olaf College that accepts submissions from undergraduates at any university. We accept essays, short stories, poetry, and visual art. We define “existentialism” broadly, and will review anything that addresses canonical existentialist thinkers or themes commonly associated with the movement (e.g. absurdity, alienation, subjectivity, paradox, truth as metaphor, life as suffering etc.). While Sartre, Camus, Heidegger, and de Beauvoir are frequently counted among the most influential existentialists,  we have previously published submissions addressing the writings of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Foucault, Dostoevsky, and more. We encourage unusual subjects! Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about the journal or submission details.

To learn about submission guidelines, deadlines, previous editions, or to get more involved, please visit our website here.

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