UNCP’s Award-Winning Student Literary Magazine

The Aurochs, the student literary magazine of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art by UNCP students. Publication occurs during the spring term of each academic year. Assisting with or contributing to this publication is a good way to become involved in the department and the University.

If you are interested in becoming part of The Aurochs staff, contact Dr. Karen Helgeson, faculty advisor for the literary magazine. Students who register for one of the Literary Magazine Production courses (ENG 2860, 2870, 3860, 3870, 4860, 4870) receive academic credit hours toward graduation; each number is a one-credit-hour course.

Congratulations to The Aurochs! We are pleased to announce that the 2014 issue of The Aurochshas received recent recognition in national and state university literary magazine competitions. In national competitions, the 2014 issue of the magazine earned a coveted Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and First Place with Special Merit as well as the award for Best Collegiate Literary Magazine from the American Scholastic Press Association.

At the state level, the North Carolina College Media Association (NCCMA) awarded the 2014 issue of The Aurochs Best in Show for Literary Magazines in the category of colleges and universities with enrollment under 6,500. The 2014 issue also won two individual awards from the NCCMA: Chelsey Parsons won First Place for Two-Page Spread (design) and Kayla Seedig was awarded an Honorable Mention for her artwork, a mixed media piece entitled Disturbance. Please congratulate Editor-in-Chief, Leona Howell, Art Editor, Chelsey Parsons, Aurochs staff members Donisha Allen, Bessie Barnes, Lynn Barnhill, Janae Curtain, Amanda Davis, Mari DeRuntz, Dustin Moore, Michael Morrison, Jennifer Taylor, Meghan Taylor, Quincee Tompkins, and Heather Ward, and all of the talented UNC Pembroke writers and artists whose work appears in the 2014 issue. You can pick up an issue from one of the magazine stands located in Dial, Locklear Hall, the University Center, and Livermore Library. You may contact us at, or email The Aurochs faculty advisor for additional information at.