The magazine’s name comes from a Sioux word meaning ‘hill’ or ‘ridge.’ Mount Mercy is built on one of the many paha in Iowa.
Awards are given each year to the top poems and prose pieces. The 2013 poetry winners are Nikol Sustrova, Amber Goostree, and Cory Nye. The prose winners are Troy Hess, Aaron Conway, and Robert Tigan. The Paha Review also publishes the winning entry in Mount Mercy’s creative writing contest for high school juniors.
Here is what past editors of The Paha Review say about their experience:
"Working with others, following deadlines, and prioritizing tasks are only a few of the skills I use today that I learned while working on the magazine at Mount Mercy." — Tracy Clair ‘98, Librarian and Substitute Teacher
"Working on the staff (and later as editor) of The Paha Review was among my favorite Mount Mercy experiences. I learned so much about editing and publishing–from the software and layout to the editorial selection process to the business of publishing. It was a great experience! I really enjoyed collaborating with the art department on the design of the magazine, and working with the English faculty and other student writers on the content. The skills I acquired while working on Paha have come in handy in my career. I’m the informal in-house editor for the staff at my office and have been able to use what I learned about layout and design on many different occasions over the years." — Nicole Palof Van Zante, ‘04, Grants Manager, Nebraska Arts Council
"The experience of being Paha editor was very rewarding and exciting. It helps me in my current job as I make selections for clients and keep their records organized and current. Organization is key. Paha sure taught me that!" — Leisha Stelken ‘06, Design Consultant, Klinger Paint & Interiors