The North Wind Literary Magazine

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    Bits & Pieces: The North Wind 2020 was originally scheduled to be printed in the spring of 2020.


    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures, unfortunately the lit mag could not be printed and distributed as planned. Therefore, distribution of the lit mag was postponed until further notice. 


    When NSHS students and staff returned for the 2020/2021 school year, we returned on a 100% virtual schedule. However, amid the ongoing changes to our learning environments and our lives, art still acts as an expressive outlet, a nostalgic escape, a safe haven, and a cathartic experience - especially during times of transition, and encounters with the unknown and uncharted. That is why this digital alternative to the original 2020 edition of The North Wind was created. 


    As you flip through the pages of this digital alternative of our magazine, please remember that this edition was created by students who planned to see it published in print in the spring of 2020. Therefore, there may be some discrepancies and imperfections as a result of this unplanned change.


    The North Wind wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our 2020 sponsors, contributors, readers, and friends. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well, and we greatly appreciate and value your patience and support. 


    If you are a 2020 sponsor or a student contributor and you have questions, please contact our faculty advisor at



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  • About The North Wind

    What is lit mag?

    Lit mag is short for literary magazine. We publish primarily written work, such as short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction essays, and more. We also publish visual arts and artistic photography alongside literary selections.

    What is the difference between lit mag and yearbook or newspaper?

    Content is the main difference. Whereas yearbooks and newspapers publish journalistic writing and photography, a lit mag focuses on artistic work. Lit mag also accepts submissions from all students in the school. Interested in submitting your work to The North Wind? Click here for our online submission form, or see below for details on how to submit to The North Wind.

    Who are we?

    The North Wind is North Stafford High School’s student literary magazine. Our staff is made up of students in our creative writing class, which you can take as an elective course at NSHS.

    How can I get involved?

    Interested in submitting your work to The North Wind?

    Click here for our online submission form, and please read our submission guidelines and policy before you submit your work.

    Interested in being a part of our staff and growing your writing skills?

    Take our creative writing class offered at NSHS.

    Interested in sponsoring The North Wind or purchasing an advertisement for your buisness in our magazine?

    Please contact our faculty advisor at All proceeds from donations, sponsorships, and advertisements go to the production and/or promotion of The North Wind literary magazine. We appreciate your support!


  • How to Submit to The North Wind

    When can I submit?

    Our submission window for the 2020 edition of The North Wind is now closed. The deadline was January 29, 2020. Submissions will open again next school year for the Spring 2021 edition.

    What can I submit?

    We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, artistic photography, and other visual arts submissions.

    Submission Guidelines:

    Please read the following submission guidelines and check that you have followed each of them. Any submission that does not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered for publication in The North Wind.

    • I understand that written submissions must be typed in a readable font, preferably Arial or Times New Roman, size 11-12
    • I understand that prose submissions must be double spaced (you do not have to double space poetry)
    • I understand that written submissions have a 2,500 word limit
    • I understand that submissions will not be returned to me with feedback
    • I understand that submissions may not be accepted for publication in The North Wind
    • I understand that I am allowed to submit up to 3 poems, 3 visual arts pieces, or 2 prose pieces under 2,500 words each
    • I understand that all submissions must have a title, and that any accepted submissions without a title will be assigned a title by The North Wind staff

    Submission Policy:

    The North Wind is North Stafford High School’s literary magazine. It serves as a medium for student expression. The main purpose of The North Wind is to provide publication opportunity for student writers and artists and to support the creation and appreciation of the arts. Submissions are open to any student enrolled at NSHS. Selections are made by a committee of students based on objective criteria. All submissions will be read and evaluated. Selections are based on the quality of individual pieces as well as collective merit with regard to the magazine concept for the year. Students are encouraged to submit their best, most meaningful work for consideration. The North Wind editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions prior to publication. We also reserve the right not to print material that invades an individual's right to privacy, or material that is obscene or libelous. Authors and artists retain copyright of printed submissions but grant The North Wind the right to use selected submissions as deemed by the editorial staff to be most appropriate for the magazine as well as for promotional purposes.

    I’m ready to submit!

    Click here for our online submission form. You will be directed to sign in to your Google account and agree to our submission guidelines and policy before you can submit your work.