About This Journal
Toyon is the Humboldt State University English department’s annual journal of literature and art. Run entirely by students since its inception in 1954, Toyon showcases the work of established and emerging writers and artists from Humboldt County and all over the world.
Each year, more than three hundred submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and artwork are reviewed by students enrolled in the course associated with its publication. All submissions are considered for the awards associated with Toyon, including the Jody Stutz Award for best poem; the Richard Cortez Day Advisor's Prize for the best work of fiction; the Toyon Staff Award for the best work of visual art; the Redwood Empire Mensa Award for the best essay of creative non-fiction; the Multilingual Award for the best work in Spanish, another language, or in translation; and the McGaughey Award for the best piece of literary criticism. Recipients of these awards are given cash prizes to support their literary and artistic efforts, along with the prestige of publication in the journal.
Supported by Humboldt State University Instructionally-Related Activities funds, as well as the generosity of community members, Toyon is distributed throughout Humboldt County each spring. Pick up your free copy in the English department office. For further information, please contact Toyon faculty advisor Dr. Janelle Adsit at Janelle.firstname.lastname@example.org.