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Magazine accepts student work

Cedar Valley Divide deadline approaching Dec. 16

By Miranda Hoag
On November 30, 2017

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The Cedar Valley Divide, Kirkwood Community College’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition. 

CVD Advisor Lisa Angellela said, “The magazine helps create an artistic and literary community at Kirkwood, which is especially important on a commuter campus. It also offers students a chance to professionalize, to take what they’ve done on their own or in a class and make it meaningful for a larger audience.”

Submissions are accepted from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Angellela said participants can submit up to five works. Material submitted online is considered for publication and students enrolled in ENG275 put the submissions together for publication. 

Angellela said, “Don’t be afraid to submit or to resubmit, if you’ve tried before. Each year’s staff is different. A college literary magazine offers a small application pool and a real chance of seeing your piece in print. Bring your creativity into conversation with other works around campus.” 

She added that there are always submissions that surprise her. “Last year, we had a portrayal of classical gods in a modern bar setting. We had a poem shaped like a leaf. We had a close-up of a bug (named “Frank”) on a rainy windshield. We had a short story about real estate agents selling plots in Hell. Hopefully, the magazine always takes people to unexpected places when they pick it up. And, I personally am also always surprised not just by the submissions but by the way the staff brings them to life by their juxtapositions and fonts and the kinds of ink and paper used,” said Angellela. 

The magazine will be published in the spring and is free to Kirkwood students, faculty and staff. Angellela said, “The magazine always turns out better than I expect. The literary magazine class, ENG 275, is a rare class in which you actually leave with an artifact you produced.”

Those interested in submitting written work, photography or art can do so online at The deadline is Dec. 16. 

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