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About Fourteen Hills


Fourteen Hills is a graduate student-run and award-winning literary magazine that has been a vital part of the Bay Area literary community and beyond. We strive to publish work that pushes boundaries, challenges conventions, and subverts entrenched narratives. Since our inception in 1994, we have featured both emerging and established authors including Tommy Orange, Angie Cruz, Brenda Hillman, Noah Eli Gordon, Victoria Chang, Bob Hicok, and Mary Gaitskill. Works published in Fourteen Hills have been selected for the O’Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, the Best American Poetry Prize Anthology, Best American Short Stories, and more.


Staffed exclusively by graduate students in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University with the oversight of faculty advisor Michael David Lukas, Fourteen Hills publishes original poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, and cross-genre work created by writers in the US and abroad. It also welcomes and prints representative contributions from visual artists. The staff strive to publish the most compelling literature put out, not only by any literary journal staffed

by graduate students, but by any journal period. See our masthead for current staff listings.


Fourteen Hills Press publishes two titles each year. They include the annual volume of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, and the annual winner of the Michael Rubin Book Award. The Michael Rubin Book Award (MRBA) is a single-author first-book award that memorializes the much-celebrated SFSU lecturer Michael Rubin. The MRBA is selected by an independently solicited judge each year. Past judges have included: Terese Svoboda, John Skoyles, Holly MacArthur, Brian Henry, Carol Snow, Major Jackson, Jacob Appel, Jubi Arriola-Headley, and others.


Fourteen Hills Press publications are distributed through:

Small Press Distribution


Ubiquity Distributors

San Francisco State University's Creative Writing Program

The home of Fourteen Hills, SFSU's Creative Writing Program was established in 1955 as part of the English Department and founded in 1968 as The Creative Writing Department. They offer three degree programs: B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The curriculum reflects commitment to a variety of styles, subjects, and approaches, recognizing the complexity and breadth of contemporary writing. Graduates of the Creative Writing Program, Graduate and Undergraduate (creative nonfiction, fiction, playwriting and poetry), are instructed in literary analysis and develop their craft to constructively critique their own work and that of others. Students are prepared to participate in the larger community of writers with innovative writing in all three genres. Interested in applying? Please visit the Creative Writing Program's homepage.

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