Our Past

The Artificial Selection Project was born from a creative writing masters program in which students found themselves being berated for pushing envelopes and challenging literary traditions. This stifling of creativity in a program that was designed with creativity specifically in mind was a travesty, so we decided to do something about it.

The Artificial Selection Project is California’s breakout new literary publication featuring the work of authors and artists that the literary world has deemed unfit for publication. All too often, writers are told that their work is “too extreme” or “too experimental” and that they should tone down their writing. Perhaps focus on traditional frames of thought or some more well-defined story archetypes. The Artificial Selection Project has a better idea. We say write the madness in your head. Explore the darkest corners of humanity. Scream and cry dissent in ink on any surface you can get your hands on. And bring us along for the goddamn ride.

And the journal was just the beginning…

17 responses to “Our Past

  1. What a great idea! If no one pushes “the envelope” then there can be no change! Good for you! Thank you for signing up to follow my blog! I hope that you will enjoy my posts!- – B


  2. I took a creative writing class in college that sapped the creativity right out of me. It took about nine years before I wrote anything after that. Good luck with the project you’ve started here!


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