Metonym is a annual publication of William Jessup University's undergraduate English program located north of Sacramento, California. Staffed by students, our literary journal is a yearly, periodic collection of original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art.
At its origin, Metonym was the place for the young poets and writers within the program to gain knowledge and experience in the field of publishing. In seven years' time, the journal has come to mean much more. As the title implies, it is the hope of all the staff past, present, and future that the journal itself becomes synonymous with great art. Metonym has expanded in its staff size and diversity as it has grown, and as an array of backgrounds and majors have joined the journal, it has become a profound learning experience. It is here that students not only grow in their knowledge of literature and publishing, but in their knowledge of truth as well.
Metonym has always done its best to have a mission statement that is flexible and broad enough to include within its scope: A search for meaningful and quality work. Often, each new staff will come up with its own mission statement, and while perhaps there is some variation in the overall semantics of the statement, it could be summarized as this: The staff of Metonym believes that great art, that is worthy of publication, must say something profound and meaningful about the human experience. Whether that is through comedy, sincerity, or brute force of words, in order for art to be great it must speak to something inherent to the human experience. The art that reaches down into the belly of its reader (or viewer) and stirs something that has been long dormant, is the kind of art that we hope to publish in Metonym.
With eight journals under our belt, the current Metonym staff could not be more proud of its past, or more elated about what is in store for its future contributors and readers. As always, our aim is simple: Publish the best, and let great art speak for itself.