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The Oracle

Published annually since 2003, Oracle Fine Arts Review accepts submissions each fall semester in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and hybrid work. To get an idea of the kind of work that interests us, please view a previous issue in our archive. Print copies are available in the English department office at no charge to USA students, faculty, and staff. All submissions should be previously unpublished. Questions can be sent to

Oracle is supported by the University of South Alabama Student Government Association, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of English and Visual Arts. We are a student-led publication that aims to include and amplify a diverse chorus of voices.

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Editor's Letter

E.L. Doctorow famously stated, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” The excellency that we strive for at Oracle can be summed up as just that. We have so many fun and exciting events planned for this year, and I look forward to our 2023-2024 edition debuting in the Spring. 

Each year since launching in 2003, this student-led journal has showcased a wide variety of visual art, poems, and prose. Last year’s edition of Oracle spotlighted an incredible batch of creatives, all with the intention of pondering awe. With the help of former Editor-in-Chief Lela Ball and her staff, Oracle came to life. Free print copies are available in the English Department of The University of South Alabama. I encourage you to stop by and pick one up yourself!

This year’s theme will focus on the magic in this world. Submissions open via Submittable on September 15 and close on November 1. We can’t wait to hear from you.


Mariah Conrey, Editor-in-Chief


Mariah Conrey, editor-in-chief
Kaytlin Thornton, managing editor
Emily Byars-Williams, poetry editor
Jessica Jordan, poetry editor
Gracie Coburn, prose editor
Jade Laffiette, prose editor
Caleb Johnson, faculty advisor

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Spring 2023

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Visual Art

  • Portrait of Quarantine 1
  • Portrait of Quarantine 3
  • Portrait of Quarantine 10
  • Lantern
  • Door
  • Chess
  • Alone
  • Mother Line
  • Idris Elba
  • Doc Holliday
  • Salma Hayek