Davidson offers students multiple opportunities to write and edit for student publications, to win department awards, and to enter scholarly writing competitions.


English majors traditionally have found LibertasHobart Park, and Exit 30 to be good outlets for creative expression, though there are years when these journals are not edited by English majors or have English faculty as advisers. 

Freeword Poetry Group

The purpose of Freeword Poetry Group is to provide a venue for spoken word poetry. Each semester, Freeword presents a show and donates the proceeds to charity.

Exit 30 Literary Magazine

Exit 30 seeks to provide Davidson students (from all majors) with the opportunity to be published in a literary magazine that offers a higher quality of work in a smaller volume, so as to be more easily accessible to our busy student populace, and so that it may be appreciated for all of its merits and inspire insightful discussion.

Hobart Park

Hobart Park is the college's annual literary review. It features works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, as well as visual art, by students, alumni, faculty members, and visiting writers.


Published biweekly, the student-produced arts and literary magazine accepts submissions in creative nonfiction, short stories, poetry, and art.

The Davidsonian

The college's weekly newspaper is written, edited and managed by students. It features campus news and opinions.

Student Awards in English

Among the Davidson student awards given annually, seven recognize students for excellence in English and writing. The Annual Writing Competition is open to all students and all years to submit their work for the R. Windley Hall, Charles Lloyd, the Vereen Bell competitions, and the newest named award, the Gibson Prize for Scholarly Writing. 

Learn more about the named English Department awards.