Stella Veritatis, Dominican University’s own literary journal, is seeking submissions for the 2020 publication.
The submission is open to undergraduates, graduates, staff and faculty of the Dominican University. The magazine and its editorial team accept all forms of creative writing.
The total submission should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages. Accepted genres vary from prose and translation to drama to poetry. The deadline for submission is Oct. 22. Writings should be submitted to [email protected].
“What I am most looking forward to for the next publication of Stella Veritatis is providing our community with something that can hopefully uplift them during this pandemic” Alice Villalva, one of the editors, said. “Literature is a great way to distract people mentally and learn from other people’s voices”.
In past years, the magazines have featured vibrant voices from black women, trans women, Muslim and Latinx students. Andersen said the editors are also hoping for more translations this year and work “that speaks to the current moment”.
Students in ENG 334: Editing the Literary Journal will serve as the editors to curate pieces for the magazine. Students of ART 318: Graphic Design II will contribute design works to accompany the selections and the covers.
Current editors mentions a variety of things they look for in the writing submissions:
Rachel Huser notes the importance of writing style; Monika Zawislak mentions diversity that “brings in new ideas, experiences, and perspectives”; Sofia Olvera-Sandoval highlights “imagery and pieces that challenge thought”.
“We’re looking for work that appeals to the senses, intellect and emotions of our readers” Maggie Andersen, Faculty Advisor to the magazine, said. “Above all, we’re looking for quality writing”.
The fifth issue for 2020 will be printed next summer or fall and the fourth issue will be printed in the winter of this year.
The themes of the past magazine issues were Divergence, Turbulence, and Liberation. The 2020 issue, however, will not have a theme.
Dayana Moreno, the editor who worked on the third and fourth issues of the magazine, thinks the absence of a theme “widens the options for students”.
Moreno said she is often surprised by “the work that the students produce and the care they put into each and every sentence and word”. She also encourages students to submit and share their work even with the selection process.
“You may surprise yourself with how good your work is and all you needed was a second opinion” Moreno said.
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