For 220 years, the Philolexian Society has debated a wide range of topics that are of grave importance to the larger community at Columbia University, such as if it is possible to shit in the same river twice, or if mo’ money does, in fact, bring mo’ problems (both resolutions passed). Philos make convincing arguments, […]Read More Spring 2022 Issue now online
One night of the year, people assemble at Morningside Heights to share the worst of the worst poems they can muster. I’m talking makes-you-question-becoming-an-English-major-even-more-than-before kind of bad poetry. This year was the first time since 2019 that the Alfred Joyce Kilmer (memorial) Bad Poetry Contest has been held in-person, so our competitors knew they had […]Read More Winter 2021 Issue now online
It is an honor to present to you this edition of Surgam, the first in-print issue since Columbia’s campus shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. We received more than 100 literary and visual submissions this semester–from past contributors and new, from students associated with the Philolexian Society and those who know little about it. […]Read More Fall 2021 Issue now Online
It is with great honor that we present the Spring 2020 edition of Surgam. This semester saw over 150 submissions from many sects of the Columbia Community, particularly from writers and artists inspired to create amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic. Operating (virtually) continuously since 1802, Philo strives to continue our commitment to promoting literary awareness and […]Read More SPRING 2020 ISSUE NOW ONLINE
It is with great honor that we present the Fall 2019 edition of Surgam. This semester saw an outstanding number of submissions from many sects of the Columbia Community, particularly from writers and artists not affiliated with the Philolexian Society. Operating (virtually) continuously since 1802, Philo strives to continue our commitment to promoting literary awareness […]Read More Fall 2019 Issue Now Online
I am so excited to add our latest issue to the website. This edition of Surgam features visual and written work from 13 talented artists, picked from our largest submission pool so far. It was such an honour for us to be able to print such high quality and innovative work. I would like to […]Read More Fall 2018 Issue Now Online
Surgam is calling for your best fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry, visual art, photography, comix, manifestos, 3D art, textiles, spoken word, films, music, etc. Submit anything you want considered for publication in the litmag of Columbia’s oldest literary society. Be a part of campus literary history! If that’s not enough to entice you, there is […]Read More Submissions for Fall 2018
Surgam is now accepting your best poetry, prose, visual art, and photography for the Spring 2018 issue. The deadline is not until April 6th, so there is plenty of time to get your submission in! All published works of writing will be eligible for a part of the $1500 Philolexian Prize. You can submit with […]Read More Now Accepting Submissions for the Spring 2018 Issue!
I am pleased to update the website with our latest issue. The Fall 2017 issue features the excellent work of two photographers, five short poems, and a short reflective piece. With this issue, we set out to establish a new standard for the quality and maturity of the magazine and I think that we took a […]Read More Fall 2017 Issue!
Welcome to the modest website of Surgam, the literary magazine of the Philolexian Society. Here, you can find previous issues, read about our society, contact our leadership, and submit to the upcoming issue. This page will be updated regularly with the dates and times of events and deadlines, along with any other relevant announcements. We want […]Read More Surgam – I shall rise