Current Issue - Spring 2017 (Vol. XXXIII, No. 2)

The MacGuffin - Spring 2017

The MacGuffin’s Spring 2017 issue features new poetry by this year’s Poet Hunt Contest judge, Naomi Shihab Nye, and perennial MacGuffin favorites Barbara Crooker and Linda Nemec Foster. Helping to cap off the poetry in this issue is Joseph Powell’s “The Last Bee.” Whether it is a snapshot in time or something more ominous is left to the reader to decide. This issue’s Nonfiction includes work by Beau Ewan, as well as John Davidson’s account of Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport show. All of this, along with our usual spread of Fiction, is sandwiched within cover art by Jacqueline Alcántara.

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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.