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Language, Literature, Communication, and Writing

Students in Language, Literature, Communication, and Writing create and analyze messages in various contexts ranging from interpersonal settings to mass communication. They communicate with audiences using all forms of traditional and digital media. Graduates create the content posted online, broadcast over the airwaves and via cable, printed in publications, shown in theaters, and viewed on smartphones. They interview newsmakers, write stories, organize events, deliver speeches, and manage relationships with stakeholders. In keeping with the Franciscan ideal of respect for individual dignity and service to all people, each student’s path to degree completion is designed to ensure a solid grounding in the liberal arts, professional preparedness, and fulfillment through knowledge acquisition, responsible community, and global citizenship.Communication and Writing

Madonna University graduates work in a wide variety of jobs at corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and as entrepreneurs. They produce screenplays and films, compose stories for news organizations, advocate for causes, write and edit publications, handle crisis communication situations, and inform audiences about events, trends, and ideas.

Students receive instruction from faculty members who have earned degrees in their disciplines and accumulated extensive experiences as professional communicators.

Our instructors share their professional and academic experiences with students in majors that offer small class sizes, hands-on training, internship opportunities, and up-to-date technology.

  Madonna Muse

An annual literary publication launched in 2007, Madonna Muse is published by the English Department. Madonna Muse features the original and intellectually enriching work of established and emerging writers. Quality artwork is always welcomed.

The following issues of the Madonna Muse are available for purchase. Contact ifracassi@madonna.edu.

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Donations can be made using the online giving form and writing in Madonna Muse, or mail a donation to:
Madonna University/ Attn: Madonna Muse Literary Journal Fund
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150.

We thank you for your generosity!


The Muse welcomes a broad range of poetry and prose – from traditional to experimental. Fine art and photography that can complement our publication is also accepted. We look for submissions that surprise us. Special consideration will be given to material that demonstrates authenticity as well as relevance to a diverse audience.

Submissions are due each year by December 10, for the following year’s publication.

Original, unpublished material is preferred, but reprints will be considered if the author has the rights. Madonna Muse is a non-paying market.


Short Stories: Up to 1,000 words
Flash Fiction: Up to 500 words
Creative non-fiction: Up to 1,000 words

Poetry/Original material: Up to five poems, any length. Poems should be typed on one side of the page, with the author’s name and contact information at the top.

Poetry in Translation: Up to three poems, any length. Translations must include copies of the material in the original language, along with a brief statement about the author. Translations are published with the original en face. Permission for re-printing originals is the responsibility of the translator.

Photo-Essay: A series of up to five photographs with captions of any length. Collaborative work between writers and photographers is welcomed.

Photography and Fine Art: up to five pieces, individual or collaborative.

Email submissions should include “submission” in your subject line. The body of the email should include your first and last name, and the title of your piece. Please attach your submission as a Word Document. Prose should be double-spaced and poetry single-spaced. All submissions should be paginated in 12-inch font type, one-inch margin on all sides. Include on the upper right corner of each page your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. Along with your submissions send a brief biographical paragraph. This will be used if your work is selected for publication.

To send submissions via U.S. Mail, please mail your materials to:
Madonna University/English Department
Attention: Madonna Muse Editor
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150.

Response time: If your work is selected for publication we will inform you in approximately three months after the submission deadline. If you have not heard from us within this time, email us. Before submitting for consideration, we encourage you to sample selections from previous issues noted above.