In 1963, a literary magazine called Sychesis was founded on Western's campus.

In 1965, its name was changed to Jeopardy.

Jeopardy Magazine was founded in 1963.

Over the course of its more than fifty year history, Jeopardy has become an apt reflector of the ever-changing social, political, and artistic sensibilities of the late-20th and early 21st centuries.

From the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to Roe vs. Wade and the end of the Vietnam War; from Nixon’s resignation to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War; from Clinton’s impeachment to the election of Barack Obama; from the September 11th terrorist attacks to the Ferguson riots, Jeopardy has served as a platform for generations of select artists and thinkers to publish work inspired and influenced by current culture.

In 2003, the Jeopardy mission statement changed. Jeopardy no longer accepted submissions from non-WWU students, faculty, and alumni. Instead, it altered its focused and moved towards becoming a magazine dedicated to showcasing the Western community.

Rather than relying on professional writers to bolster its reputation, for the last twelve years Jeopardy has focused its attention on raising awareness of the unique talents of WWU. Jeopardy exists to give resonance to those voices who have strolled the streets of Bellingham, drifted through classes in Old Main and Miller Hall, or wandered lost through the arboretum. We aim to creative a supportive literary and arts community in and around Western Washington University. We hope that this consistency sets Jeopardy apart as a valuable set of voices in the literary community.