The Paw Print
The aspiring writers of Adams State come together to create a book called The SandHill Review, a literary review for the college.
The editors, Toni Steffens-Steward and Victoria Miranda, worked hard to compile the 20 original poems, four short stories, and 15 pieces of original artwork that went into last semester’s book, and are excited about the upcoming spring edition.
They are accepting submissions for that edition until March 5 and suggest that people submit as early as they can to ensure that there is room in the book.
The SandHill Review started as an art and literary magazine called Genesis. The magazine included photos, paintings, and some written word. Publication of Genesis halted for a while, but was then brought back and renamed The SandHill Review.
One of the best attributes of The SandHill Review is that anyone that is a student, faculty, staff or alumni can submit their work for publication. As long as the piece is well written, original, and without misspellings and grammatical errors, it has a chance to be put into the book.
“Please use spell check,” says Miranda. “And put your name along with your submission. We want people to own their work. We want to be faithful to the writer, but also faithful to the reader and give them quality. When we have names of the authors, it makes it a lot easier to get in touch and help them edit their submissions.”
Those interested in participating should submit their work by March 5. There is no censorship or content requirement for submissions, so anyone interested should submit freely. There is also no theme for the next book, so as long the work is original, all entries are accepted.
Though everyone at Adams State is allowed to submit, current students are highly encouraged to participate. Cash prizes are also offered to first, second, and third place submissions. First place has a reward of $50, second is $25, and third is $10. There is also a cover competition for the spring edition of The SandHill Review. The winning submission will be awarded $50, and the art will be used as a cover. These submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Their work reflect the here and now of our society,” Miranda says. “It shows what is popular in both writing and visual work. We live in a very creative community. There are a lot of writers that deserve to be seen.”
If anyone is interested in sending in a submission, stories, poems, and images of original artwork should be sent to email@example.com.
Copies of the current SandHill Review are completely free, and everyone is urged to take a copy and read work submitted by their peers. Copies will be everywhere from “the dorms to the theatre building,” promises Steffens-Steward. Copies will also be available at the Milagros Coffee Shop.
There will be a book release celebration that will be open to the public. Those who had their work published are urged to come. Refreshments will be provided, and it will be a great opportunity to meet other local writers.
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