Literary Magazine starts the year

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Literary Magazine starts the year

Lola Draper and Mikki Warriner work on advertisement for the club.

Lola Draper and Mikki Warriner work on advertisement for the club.

Miah Thirion

Lola Draper and Mikki Warriner work on advertisement for the club.

Miah Thirion

Miah Thirion

Lola Draper and Mikki Warriner work on advertisement for the club.

Alex Grove, online staff writer

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Every Wednesday after school until 3:30 in Lori Hart’s classroom, the staff of the award winning Literary Magazine go through submissions submitted by students who want to express their creative side for Cactus Shadows.

“The magazine has won the top two awards in the country which is the Pacemaker Award and the Gold Crown and they have won those pretty regularly for the last seven years,” said Lori Hart, literary magazine adviser.

The literary magazine is a place where all students and even teachers can submit anything to do with literature and art. Any original work such as writing, art, photos, and can be submitted to the literary magazine.

“A literary magazine is a composition of all of the schools’ members’ literature and art,” said Lola Draper, editor in chief.

Submitting to the lit mag or being staff has benefits for the future. Many careers can come out of being submitted. Any careers in journalism and writing are highly benefited from the literary magazine. It also can be something that catches attention on college applications.

“It is really good on resumes. When people see that, it’s really cool being a published author so they see that you have already been published for careers in journalism or art,” said Draper.

Becoming a member of the staff costs eighty dollars. However to get published to the literary magazine, work can be submitted through the school website under clubs by Wednesday, January first. This deadline is to ensure that the magazine can be published at the end of semester two.

Many factors come into being submitted for the magazine. Things like creativeness, how organized, the voice and style, the craft and composition. It varies between literature and art. The voting is completely anonymous done by trusted staff members, and they try to make sure that no bias goes into the voting process.

“We don’t know who we are reading so it’s really based off what is written and what we see,” said Draper.

For almost seven years straight, the Cactus Shadows literary magazine has won the Pacemaker and Gold Crown Award. The club members will go to Columbia University in March to see if their magazines have won an award from last year for the eighth time.

“We won a Gold Crown two years ago. The one from last year hasn’t been scored yet. It takes about a year I wanna say,” says Aubrey Gilling, editor in chief of literary magazine.

The staff of the literary magazine is hoping for another award this year.

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