By: Emma Shinn
For the second year in a row, the students of the creative writing classes are putting together and publishing a literary magazine displaying works of poetry, prose, and art by students. The magazine, which will be called Literarily (a play on the words “literary” and “literally”, created by senior Brody Wines for last year’s book), is being orchestrated by seniors Lynzi Acree and Ashley Hart of the Creative Writing II class.
For students in Creative Writing I, submitting something for the magazine is a mandatory assignment, but anyone in the school with a work they would like to share is welcome to submit their piece for consideration. In order to submit their work, students need only contact Creative Writing teacher Diana Gainer (room 203) and ask her for the submission form. From there, you simply fill in the form and turn it back in to Gainer along with the piece you would like to submit, and wait for the magazine to come out so you can see your published work. The ideal dead line for submission is March 12, but late work will be accepted until the end of that week.
Students should keep in mind that all work absolutely must be school appropriate. This means no artworks of or stories about subjects of a pornographic or graphically violent nature, and no works which in any way condone drug use or breaking of other laws. Use your best judgment. The only time a work will be rejected from publishing will be if the students of Creative Writing II or Mrs. Gainer deem it inappropriate.
Copies of Literarily can be pre-ordered during the week before Spring Break, and any extra copies will be sold when students return. An official price has yet to be set, but all proceeds will go to the Foundation to Decrease WorldSuck. FDW is an organization created by brothers Hank and John Green, which uses its profits for various activities in order to, you guessed it, decrease “world suck,” or situations that cause people financial, mental, or physical distress. Examples include providing meals for the hungry, donating to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, and cancer research, or purchasing mosquito nets to send to areas stricken by malaria.
Not only will buying copies of the magazine go to excellent causes such as those listed above, but contributing to it will give students a chance to display their talents in a way that they may not have before. According to Gainer, Literarily “puts students in control of their own published work,” a chance which many high school students never receive.