Current Issue - Fall 2018 (Vol. XXXIV, No. 3)

Cover of the Fall 2018 issue

The MacGuffin’s Fall 2018 issue is a prism, offering the reader a juxtaposition of different views and landscapes, cultures and realities.  Let your mind wander first to the Republic of Jacob Butlett’s “Wombango”—how near, far, past, or future this is, who can know—before reaching a more definite temporal plane in Vanessa Waltz’s “October, 1941”. Pay a visit to the frogs in poet Joseph Powell’s “Desert Spring” before the party gets rolling at Ama Carey-Barr’s “Oyster Festival”. The collages of Nancy Scott crystalize this literary diversity on this issue’s cover. The refraction of letters and words herein provide a spectrum for the mind to take in.

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What’s a MacGuffin?

The moving force (and sometimes the solution) of a work of mystery fiction is referred to as a MacGuffin, a concept that originated in Victorian England. 

Alfred Hitchcock used the term and said, “No film is complete without a MacGuffin because that’s what everybody is after.” The MacGuffin might be the papers everyone is looking for or the ring that was stolen — in short, the MacGuffin is any device or gimmick that gets a plot rolling. The MacGuffin itself has little, if any, fundamental importance, and, according to Hitchcock, is nothing in and of itself.

Our Own MacGuffin

Order The MacGuffinThe MacGuffin, established in 1984, is a national literary magazine created on campus. The journal is a 160 page 6” x 9” perfect-bound collection of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art, including black and white photos, prints and drawings. Our MacGuffin is published three times per year.

The mission of The MacGuffin is to encourage, support, and enhance the literary arts in the Schoolcraft College community, the region, the state, and the nation.

By fulfilling its role as a national literary journal, The MacGuffin brings national and international prestige to Schoolcraft College. It is our main vehicle for our contribution to literary excellence.

The MacGuffin’s purposes:

  1. To provide opportunities for hands-on literary publication work experience.
  2. To sponsor annual literary events.
  3. To give a voice to deserving newer writers, by publishing their work alongside those of well-known writers.
  4. To provide a vehicle for writers to share their works with a diverse readership.
  5. To provide an opportunity for writers to experiment and innovate.
  6. Attempt to reach as big an audience as possible.

Quality fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art since 1984.