Michigan State University

The Main Library will not open until 8:30 am on Friday, June 30 because we will be holding a secure-in-place drill.

Project 60/50 logo of a purple circle with text of 2014, 1964 and 1954Speak Out! MSU Students Write About Civil Rights & Human Rights

A student anthology for Project 60/50, to be published in August 2014 by the MSU Libraries

The MSU Libraries wants your writing about civil rights and human rights. Submit your essay, creative writing, or creative non-fiction for a Project 60/50 anthology to be published by the MSU Libraries. Suggested length: 500-2000 words; poetry may be much shorter.

Each piece of writing should use, as an inspiration or starting point for discussion, a document or artifact from our exhibit Bearing Witness: Voices from the Global Conversation on Human Rights and Civil Rights. The onsite exhibit will be on display until June 30, 2014. The online exhibit will be up through January 30, 2015.

The onsite exhibit is located in the Special Collections Reading Room (Main Library, Ground West). Spring term hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm. Check hours during Spring Break.

Who can submit?

All students at Michigan State University can submit writing for the anthology. That includes:

  • Students who were enrolled in Spring 2014 and will be enrolled in Fall 2014, even if not taking summer classes;
  • Students who were enrolled in Spring 2014 and graduated in May;
  • Incoming students who are enrolled for Fall 2014.

What can I submit?

All forms of writing are welcome: essays, creative writing, and creative non-fiction. The suggested length for genres other than poetry is 500-2000 words. Poetry may also be in that range, or much shorter. Each writer may submit up to three (3) works. If you co-author a work with another student, that will count as one of your three submissions.

How do I submit my writing?

Email your submission to Ruth Ann Jones, MSU Libraries, by midnight on Monday, June 30, 2014. (All submissions will be acknowledged. If you don't receive an acknowledgement, please check to make sure your submission was received). Include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your MSUnet ID (the part of your MSU email address before @msu.edu)
    • If you prefer to use a different email account, make sure your MSU email is set up to automatically forward there!
  • Your phone number
  • Your college and expected year of graduation
  • Identify what item from the "Bearing Witness" exhibit your writing was inspired by

Your submission can be an attachment in Word format or simply cut-and-pasted into the text of your email. Please don't send a PDF.

How will you choose the works to be published?

A committee of 3-5 faculty and staff members at MSU will select the works to be published. Their names will be posted here as soon as the committee is put together.

The library will publish this? Really?

Yes! The MSU Libraries has an Espresso Book Machine (EBM), a print-on-demand installation which allows us to produce bookstore-quality paperback books at a reasonable cost.

In addition to a steady business in printing books for customers, we have begun publishing reprints of rare cookbooks from our Cookery collection, comic strips from our Comic Art collection, and books related to MSU history. And, in March 2013, we published The MSU Student Comic Art Anthology.

Customers can buy our books on Amazon.com and shop.msu.edu, or in person at the Main Library's copy center on 2 West. The Project 60/50 student anthology will also be available for sale at Project 60/50 events on campus during Fall 2014.


All questions are welcome! This is a new project for the library so it's very possible that there are details we need to clarify! Contact Ruth Ann Jones, Marketing & PR Coordinator, MSU Libraries.