Teen Literary Magazine

Sponsored by:

The Community Library

Project Champion:

DeAnn Campbell

What are the appropriate grade levels:

9 through 12

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Young Adults and teens have many ways to showcase their talents and abilities. Many play sports in front of cheering crowds or perform in musical concerts or dance recitals, but how do you showcase your work if you are a young writer – Through a valley-wide literary magazine! In keeping with the mission of The Community Library to bring “information, ideas, and individuals together to enhance the cultural life of the community.” the Community Library is publishing its first literary magazine featuring the writing of local teens. Submissions of essays, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and more will be collected, and reviewed. The best will be featured in a literary magazine to be printed in the spring of 2014. Artwork from local teens will also be featured as accompaniment to the writing. In addition, The Community Library will host a read-in where local teens can read from their selections.
Student involvement is needed to promote the literary magazine with local teens and at local schools. Students will help get the word out about the creation of the literary magazine, encourage writing and artwork submission, and keep everyone informed of submission guidelines and deadlines. Once submissions are collected, students are needed to read and review all submissions and act as the editorial board in deciding which submissions to include in the literary magazine. Students will also be responsible for planning the author reception and read-in at The Community Library. Students may also be asked to help name the literary magazine. The end result will be a high-quality, beautiful publication featuring the best writing and artwork of local, valley teens.

This project serves a local, nonprofit organization, and project hours may be counted as community service. Promotion of the literary magazine should begin immediately in local schools, online, and media outlets. It is important that this be an ongoing effort to keep this in students’ and teachers’ minds so that quality work can be completed during the submission period. Promotion efforts are estimated at about 10 hours. Once work is collected, the time commitment will depend on the number of submissions to consider for publication. It is estimated that the editorial selection process be about 10 hours. Also, five estimated hours for planning and executing an author?s reception and read-in. Total time commitment: 25 hours.

The literary magazine will be published in the spring of 2014 (late April, early May) with an author read-in and reception to be held in conjunction with the publication unveiling. This event will be free and open to the public.
We are seeking student involvement from high school students or classes with an interest in writing. We can accommodate a panel of students or a class of about 15-20 students at the maximum. We can also work with a much smaller number of students if they are committed to the project.

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