Issue 2 of The Opal is now available! We hope you enjoy this wonderful selection of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry from these amazing writers.

Submissions for Issue 3 will open in the fall of 2023.


Launched in 2022, The Opal is a literary magazine in association with Spalding University. Staffed entirely from Spalding’s lauded Creative Writing BFA Program, The Opal aims to effectively showcase a broad range of genres and themes, particularly from fellow undergraduates. We believe here at The Opal that all genres hold value in the writing sphere, as the written word is a precious jewel that changes how we see the world. We have set out to instill faith and confidence in emerging writers looking to make their mark in the publishing sphere.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”


—Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)