Literary Death Match!

Literary Death Match will be returning to QU on November 5th in the Mancheski Seminar Room! The event starts at 6pm! Readers include Joe Virgillito, Tanner Celestin, Sam Austin and Michael Bobenhausen.

The Judging Panel will consist of last year’s Montage editor Danielle Susi, Dan Wilbur, author of How Not To Read, and Elissa Bassist, editor of “Funny Women.”

‘Sonic Expressiveness': Notes from Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell is the creator and executive producer of The Truth, a contemporary audio drama podcast.   Mitchell’s work has been featured on Radiolab, Studio 360, This American Life, and All Things Considered, among many others. His work in pubic radio has spanned about fifteen years.

On Nov. 8, Mitchell visited Quinnipiac to offer insight into his career, present his work, and answer questions that students had about audio drama and narrative. This visit was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department.



-Mitchell’s career began in music composition, but something about the human voice interested him.  He looks at the voice as a colorful, varied, rich sound that can be manipulated sonically.

I really like the sound of people talking naturally and unscripted.

-He decided it might be best to apply his interest in the human voice to the art of story-telling.

-During college, Mitchell always desired to enroll in a film course that was consistently unavailable.  In this frustration, he developed the idea to create “films without pictures.”

-Mitchell collects a lot of material and then finds a story within that material.

-Using improvisers, Mitchell began crafting and pitching fiction pieces to programs like Weekend America.

-He says the best way to work with improvisers is to present them with an outline and let them take it from there.  Just letting them run wild with an idea can create stress and frustration for everyone.

It takes the pressure off.

-Achieve natural-sounding audio by recording on-location rather than feigning sound in a studio.

-Sometimes your improv plan doesn’t work, or major changes occur.  Just go with it!!


Check out Mitchell’s work at The Truth for more information and audio.

Call for Submissions: 2012-2013

Submissions to Montage Literary Magazine are now open!!

General Guidelines:

All submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, experimental prose, photography or other art should be sent as an email attachment to The deadline for submissions is December 8th.

Files should be named as so: Submission_Genre_Last Name. Please use an email subject line of the same format.
Within the body of your email, please provide a short bio (no longer than 50 words) and your contact information, including your name and year of graduation.

Written Submissions

Fiction, nonfiction, and experimental prose should be no longer than 2,000 words.  Those submitting poetry can submit up to three poems in a single document.
All submissions should be attached as a .doc or .docx file. Please do not copy and paste into the body of an email.

Art Submissions

All art submissions should be submitted as .jpg files in high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Please only submit up to three pieces of visual art.
For art submissions, please include a short description of the piece.


Please direct any questions and concerns to Danielle Susi, Editor-in-Chief at