The Normal Review is the official literary arts publication of Montclair State University. It is a student-run organization that publishes the literary works of Montclair’s student body and it’s affiliates, including, but not limited to, poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, and drama. Established in 1926, the literary tradition on the Montclair campus is long-running, with its newest incarnation being The Normal Review.

The Normal Review is a student-run organization with an appointed editorial board and publication staff.  Through a voting process, the members partake in blind-readings of submissions to determine the pieces that will be published. Membership accepts students of all majors.

 All those interested in becoming a member should subscribe to our mailing list to receive up to date information on meeting times and locations, submission deadlines, and events. Also follow us on Instagram @thenormalreview. 

The magazine is published at the end of both the fall and spring semesters. Submissions are accepted the semester prior to publication. All work is evaluated by the staff and the editorial board and is subject to proofreading and editing. No work is edited in a way that alters the original meaning or content of the writer. However, The Normal Review will not publish any work that is derogatory, demeaning, or vulgar. Discretion is left to the editorial board.

The Normal Review is run by an editorial board, whose members are elected annually and take office at the first meeting of the fall semester. The editorial board is composed of an editor-in-chief, prose editor, poetry editor, art director, and secretary. The editorial board oversees the evaluation of submissions. The magazine staff consists of a wide range of students with varying majors and interests. 

Members of the magazine work throughout each semester with The Normal Review’s faculty advisor, David Galef, for advice, information, and encouragement. The role of a faculty advisor is to assist the students in publishing a professional magazine. The magazine meets once every week to partake in the blind-reading and review of student submissions.

The Normal Review endeavors to support Montclair State students in their passions and encourages their creation of literary and art works.