Number One Magazine

We all have a lot on our minds, and sometimes the best way to make sense of it all is to just sit down and put pen to paper (or, more aptly, fingers to keyboard).

In today’s precarious cultural and political climate, a lot of us are aching to get our opinions out or to make our voices heard. But is a strongly worded tweet or Facebook post always the best option?

No matter how you choose to express your views creatively; through fiction, nonfiction, poetry or art, UMKC’s very own literary journal, Number One Magazine,  offers you the platform to do it.

MFA student and Editor-in-Chief Chris Arnone said, “Number One is a literary journal for UMKC students, by UMKC students, and we put out one issue per year.”

Having recently published its 2017-18 issue, the Number One staff is already building a team of creative and passionate individuals to help put together the next one.

“I think it’s great to get some student involvement in putting a cohesive magazine together,” Arnone said. “For undergrads, especially, it gives you a chance to get out there and get published and see your work in print.”

Arnone recently took on the position of Editor-in-Chief. As the publication’s new leader, he wants to approach the project as openly as possible. He said he wants to see any work that students have to offer.

“Given the way of the world right now, it’s very possible we could see a theme,” he said. “But because we only do one a year, I don’t want to close anyone off. I just want it to stay open. I want to see what people have to say.”

Fiction Editor and creative writing MFA student Cody Shrum said, “What we’re looking for in all stories is good writing, intriguing characters and situations, and just a good story that hooks us from the start.”

Finding a way to make your voice heard on campus can be daunting for many students. According to Arnone, however, there’s no harm in putting your work out there.

“Never be afraid as a writer,” he said. “Rejection is part of the game. We’ll be gentle… the worst that could happen is I’ll say, ‘Thank you but this didn’t work for our magazine this year.’ That’s really the worst thing that could happen,” he said. “Unless you’re rude to me.”

Number One will be putting out a call for submissions this month.

“We’re going to try to do some classroom visits in November and we’ll keep taking submissions until at least February and maybe even into March,” he said. “You can submit to us via email, at”

Arnone stressed that there is no limit to who can participate or what they can offer.

“You don’t need to be an English major to submit,” he said. “If you’ve got something to say, by all means: submit.”

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