The White Squirrel

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The White Squirrel is a student-run literary and arts organization sponsored by the University of Louisville Honors Program. We host various creative events every semester like open-mics and workshops. Our biggest project is our literary and arts magazine which we publish every spring that showcases the poetry, prose, art, and overall talent and creativity of Louisville area academics. Our mission is to foster wisdom and love for art, writing, and publishing.

The White Squirrel is an inclusive and educational organization for students of all backgrounds and experiences. With our magazine, we strive to help emerging creatives wet their feet in the public realm of creative writing and art.

If you are interested in creative writing, art, publishing, magazine design, and/or social media outreach, please reach out to us. We’d also like to note that you do not have to be an Honors student to join our organization, and members can still submit to the magazine!

If you have any questions, you can email us at



Are you a Louisville area high school or college creative? This is your chance to see your work in print! The White Squirrel, the University of Louisville’s literary and arts journal, is open for submissions for our Spring 2022 volume. We are seeking art, poetry, and prose (fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash) dealing with the theme of growth. Portray this theme any way you’d like!

As a team of college students, we have close experience with growth and growing pains, but these themes could be interpreted in many different ways: literal growth (physical, psychological, etc), metaphorical growth, or even negative growth, etc.

Our favorite piece in each category will receive a Golden Acorn Editors’ Choice Award and $100. You may submit to all categories if you’d like, but you are limited to one submission per category and you must fill out a separate email for each submission. There is no submission fee. Submissions close December 1st, 2021. See our website for full guidelines and to submit your work.

We are dedicated to helping emerging creatives learn about the publishing world! If you have any questions about The White Squirrel or our selection process, do not hesitate to ask.

TWS Poetry Submission Guidelines

TWS Prose Submission Guidelines

TWS Art Submission Guidelines


Past Volumes

Our past magazines can be read at the Etscorn Honors Center in Strickler 126 or downloaded from our Gumroad at:

Our latest issue features twenty-six creative pieces from University of Louisville writers, poets, artists, and photographers, including the 2020 Creative Writing Contest Winner!


Support Us

As a student organization, our funds are limited. The White Squirrel wouldn’t be able to print our volumes and host events without our amazing sponsors. Please consider donating or purchasing ad space in our magazine to help us continue our mission.

You can also support The White Squirrel by following us on social media and spreading the word about our magazines and events!




TWS Staff Officers


Lawrence is The White Squirrel’s boss and mascot. He is a literature and art connoisseur. His favorite literary piece is Nutcracker, his favorite art piece is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and his least favorite movie is Ice Age.

Erin Wedemeyer

The current President and Editor-in-Chief is Erin Wedemeyer. She is an English major with a creative writing and Spanish minor. She is a huge creative writing enthusiast, especially for the fantasy genre. Her favorite novel is There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien. You can contact her at for questions about The White Squirrel.

Eleanor Ferguson, Vice President of The White Squirrel

Eleanor Ferguson

Eleanor Ferguson is the Vice President. She is a creative writing major and social change minor. She loves urban fantasy and writing middle grade horror (because she loves scaring children).

Ali Pham, Secretary of The White Squirrel

Ali Pham

Our secretary is Ali Pham. She is a biology major, and she is completely enamored by the Series of Unfortunate Events books. She is “just happy to be here.”

MaCalyn Hadley, Treasurer of The White Squirrel

MaCalyn Hadley

TWS treasurer is MaCalyn Hadley. He is a freshman and currently double majoring in Anthropology and Linguistics. He is a huge fan of creative writing and 3D art, specifically fiction and architecture and sculpture respectively.

Emily Baird, Head of Design for The White Squirrel

Emily Baird

The Head of Design is Emily Baird. She is a freshman majoring in graphic design with a double minor in film and theatre arts. She enjoys all kinds of art and frequents the Speed Art Museum.

Abby Adams-Smith, Secretary of The White Squirrel

Abby Adams-Smith

Abby Adams-Smith is the White Squirrel's event coordinator. Her major is history, though she plans on minoring in creative writing, gender studies, and peace studies. She's published multiple works of poetry and creative nonfiction and is working on longer writing in her spare time. Her favorite books are Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City and China Miéville's Un Lun Dun.

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