BY YASIR ALHUMAIDAN
Edgewood’s literary magazine, the Edgewood Review, is celebrating their 10th anniversary and is taking submissions for the 10th issue.
English professor David Young has been the faculty advisor for the Edgewood Review since it first started in 2006. This year’s issue will be a combination of the 9th and 10th issues due to not publishing last year. The Review is from the students, to the students.”It’s there to facilitate the publication of student writing, which is the whole purpose of the Edgewood Review,” said Young. It gives students aspiration to get published in your college literary magazine.” The advisor does not decide which literary work should or should not be published. The student editor is the one who chooses what to publish. This year’s editor is Mikayla Mrochek, an English major with a minor in Theatre Arts.
The Review is looking for short stories, poems, photos and creative non-fiction to be submitted by Friday, December 2. Creative nonfiction is also called literary journalism, which is journalism that uses some of the techniques of creative writing. Young mentioned that the Review has not received any creative non-fiction submissions for eight years.
The Edgewood Review gives students the chance to get their work published for free. For every previous issue, the College had paid to print 1000 copies of the magazine. The reputation of the Review is that the magazine focuses on realistic fiction rather than fantasy fiction when it comes to short stories. However, Young said that the Review has published some speculative fiction as well as some fantasy in the previous issues, and they are also open to science fiction and fantasy submissions.
While it is hard to say what a successful story is, Mrochek said, “If your character feels real, then a story will naturally follow. Of course, everyone has a different method, but it’s just as important to pay attention to setting, dialogue, and plot. And no matter how successful you feel your work is, always be open to constructive criticism!”
A lot of the writing that finds its way into the Review comes from students who have taken classes like “Intro to Creative Writing” or other advanced writing subjects, however Young appreciates a story that comes from outside of these courses. “I’m really happy when we find a story from somebody who’s not an English major,” said Young.
After submission, the head editor and editing board review each piece. You will be notified by email whether your work has been chosen, and the editors will most likely work with you to make edits as needed before the final copy is published in the Edgewood Review.
Students can submit as many works as they want: stories, poems, and photos can all be submitted to EdgewoodReview@gmail.com.