Statement on the Covid-19 global pandemic:

Dear Community, 

We are here with you during this frightening time and sending you our wishes for your health and safety. So many of us are trying to help flatten the curve, which has required swift adaptation. Ball State University is no exception. Classes have moved online, dorms have closed, and most employees have been asked to work remotely in order to follow safe social distancing guidelines. In light of this, we must postpone the release of The Broken Plate 2020. As much as it breaks our hearts to share this news, the wellbeing of our readers, contributors, and community remains our top priority. 

That being said, now, more than ever, community is vital. We wish to keep in touch with the community through our Twitter platform (@The_BrokenPlate). If you haven’t followed us yet, please do! Now is the time for us to come together and provide one another hope during such trying times. 

Starting March 30th, and for the following five weeks, we’ll be holding a weekly #ShelterInPlate two-sentence writing contest. On Monday of each week, we’ll be posting a prompt and encouraging anyone to respond, along with #ShelterInPlate. By Friday of each week, our editorial staff will select a winner to be featured here on our Website and to be published in a special section in The Broken Plate 2021. But, more importantly, we hope #ShelterInPlate will provide a safe shelter for those looking to interact with other readers, writers, artists, and people who care about our local and global communities.

On Twitter, we will also be sharing highlights and selections from The Broken Plate 2020. Our editorial staff is excited to give our readers a small sampling of what’s to come in the pages of our beautiful print issue.

We wish you all safety and good health, and we look forward to our print release. We have faith that art can accomplish important work in our culture, now more than ever.


The Broken Plate Editorial Team

The Broken Plate is a nationally distributed literary magazine produced by Ball State University undergraduates. The magazine features poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, one-act plays, art and photography, book reviews, and interviews.

About The Broken Plate

The Broken Plate publishes a variety of works by both emerging and established authors. Founded in 2004, we published our fifteenth issue in the spring of 2018. Over the years, we have published writing by Roxane Gay, Mark Halliday, Celeste Ng, Elena Passarello, and many others. Send us work that will make us think, make us smile, or make us snap our fingers and nod knowingly.

Along with basking in the immense talent of our submitters, we at The Broken Plate work to support the literary community by publishing reviews of books by small publishers, and celebrating the successes of first-time authors through interviews and our partnership with Ball State’s annual In Print Festival of First Books.

The entire journal is compiled, edited, and designed by the hardworking and talented Ball State University undergraduate students enrolled in English 489: Practicum in Literary Editing and Publishing.

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