Mason’s Road was an online literary magazine sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and run by its graduate students. We published 11 issues from 2010-2015, featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, visual arts, craft essays, writing exercises, author interviews, and audio works. Our issues were published twice a year, in July and December, during our residencies at Enders Island.
Co-written by our inaugural editorial team, the original mission of Mason’s Road was to publish a literary journal with an educational twist. The idea was to have each issue dedicated to a particular aspect of the writing craft for pedagogical purposes, so that creative writing students at all levels could study craft independently, while teachers and faculty could use a full issue as a “lesson plan” for their students. As editorial teams rotated out every two years upon graduation of the program, so too did Mason’s Road move on from its “writing craft” origins.
The 11 Mason’s Road themes were:
- MR1: Voice/Persona
- MR2: Settings
- MR3: Arc
- MR4: Image
- MR5: Characterization
- MR6: Time
- MR7: POV
- MR8: Transformations
- MR9: Truth
- MR10: Memory
- MR11: Joy
For nostalgic and legacy purposes, this archival site is here to keep sharing the literature in its original form for an ever-growing audience, with all the original comments intact. It is maintained by the founding editor, Lisa Calderone (MFA ’11), who offers this archived magazine for ongoing inspiration and education to new readers and literary artists, creative writing teachers and faculty, and the established Mason’s Road community.
Looking to submit your work today? Check out Fairfield University’s new student-run lit journal, Causeway Lit! At Causeway Lit, craft essays are accepted year-round, and non-fiction, fiction and poetry is accepted four times a year, with writing contests coinciding with the seasons. Please see their Submit page for guidelines and requirements.
To learn more:
- Fairfield University’s MFA Program | Fairfield University
- Journey of a Literary Journal (the research behind Mason’s Road)
- Mission Statement
- Mason’s Road on Facebook