The Broken Plate is a national literary magazine produced by Ball State University undergraduates each spring. The magazine features poetry, screenwriting, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, book reviews and interviews.

The Broken Plate got its name when a plate shattered on the floor of a local coffeehouse. Since then, The Broken Plate has evolved from an online magazine, run by volunteers, to a print version edited by students in English 489, the Practicum in Literary Editing and Publishing at Ball State University.