Tapestries: Literary and Visual Arts Magazine


Tapestries is a university-sponsored literary and visual arts magazine, reflecting the broad creative talents of the university’s burgeoning writers and artists.  

About the contest

Each year the School of STEAM hosts the Gunard Berry Carlson Writing Contest to recognize undergraduate students’ outstanding writing and visual artwork. Writing categories include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay writing; visual arts categories include photography, painting (oil or water), sculpture, and sketch. 


Submit your work

Any currently enrolled Saint Francis undergraduate may submit writing or artwork for the Gunard Berry Carlson Writing Contest. For more information regarding contest guidelines and submission procedures, please contact Dr. Brennan Thomas at bthomas@francis.edu or 814-471-1111.

Latest Issue:

Tapestries 2020

2020 winners

2019 winners
2018 winners
2017 winners
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Entries are judged by an interdisciplinary faculty panel, and prizes are awarded as follows:

Writing Entries

Visual Arts Entries

All winning entries and honorable mentions in both the writing and visual arts categories are published in Tapestries, with the winning visual arts entry serving as the magazine’s cover image.


2019 Tapestries

  • First Place: $350 and $350 Tuition Credit
  • Second Place: $200 and $200 Tuition Credit
  • Third Place: $150 and $150 Tuition Credit
  • Fourth Place: $100 and $100 Tuition Credit
  • Honorable Mentions: $25
  • First Place: $100
  • Honorable Mentions: $25