Writers’ Forum seeks submissions

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The SHSU Writers’ Forum is taking submissions for its annual “Third Story Presents”, a collection of writings from SHSU students, both graduate and undergraduate, faculty and members of the local Huntsville community.

Published annually since 1995, this is the journal’s ninth edition.

Dr. Paul Child of the SHSU English department is in charge the project.

“It’s a very modest journal,” Child said. “Mostly we just showcase creative writing from around the community.”

Articles to be submitted must be in the genres of short fiction, familiar essays, one act plays or familiar essays, Child said.

“The maximum length of the work should be about 10 pages double spaced, or about 2,000 words.”

Child said there are no limitations on how many submissions any one person can make. Entries must be submitted without the author’s name on the manuscript. Rather, a cover sheet must be attached with the author’s name, phone number and e-mail address.

Child stressed that while there is no limit to the amount of submissions, one will have to make a separate submission for each work.

“For example, each piece of poetry would require its own cover page,” he said.

While Child assures writers that no topics are considered taboo, he said one should show discretion in presentation.

“I try to refuse any kind of censorship,” Child said. “But if anything would be censored it would be anything overly gratuitous.”

Child said appearing in the journal could also provide an interesting reference.

“Some students put it on their resume,” he said.

All submissions are due by April 4, and must be either mailed to the SHSU Writers’ Forum through the English department, or personally delivered to Child’s office in Room 412 of the Evans Building.

The SHSU Writer’s Forum was established in 1994 in order to provide a forum for aspiring creative writers to display their works in order to receive feedback.

“We have a lot of good, constructive critics,” Child said.

The service provided by the forum is three-fold, according to Child. First, workshops are held every other Friday for people looking to get something published or would like feedback.

Also, the group hosts regularly scheduled readings of short fiction and poetry. And, of course, they publish the above-mentioned journal.

For more information on submission guidelines or on the SHSU Writer’s Forum, contact Child at 294-1412.