by Claire Toal, staff writer
Submissions to Warren Wilson’s biannual literary magazine are being accepted until midnight tonight. Submit up to three pieces of original poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction, and visual art for a chance to be published in the Peal.
Camilla Cannon, Eliza Hamilton-Poore, and other Peal crew members will review all submissions (with names omitted to ensure fairness) and then vote to determine which pieces will be included in the magazine. Although the Peal also organizes various workshops and events throughout the semester, Cannon finds the submission process to be the most enjoyable aspect of her job.
“There’s so much talent on campus that there’s sometimes a danger of becoming desensitized to it all; getting to sort through submissions is a great reminder of how many unique voices are present on campus,” Cannon said. “Ideally, the function of the Peal is to collect and present these various voices to not only the campus community but people outside the college as well.”
Eliza Hamilton-Poore began working on the crew in the fall of 2010.
“Since I joined I’ve seen the PEAL evolve a lot in the kinds of things we do,” Hamilton-Poore said. “In the beginning of my time on the crew it was simply the zine and the four events we always do (open mic, poetry slam, microbeat, and our release reading). But now, after two years of experimenting around with monthly workshops and hangout times, this semester we plan on those four events, a few specialized writing workshops, weekly Wednesday writing time (every Wednesday at 6 p.m. we open our office up for anyone to come in and find a quiet place to write), a possible ‘how-to’ panel on getting published (to be led by writing faculty), and of course the magazine.”
Similar to many other work crews, the Peal has had its budget reduced. While this may slightly reduce the volume of the magazine, Hamilton-Poore feels that this will increase the quality of the Peal.
“We see this as an opportunity to really pick out the best of best of all the pieces that have been submitted,” Hamilton-Poore said.
In addition to the submissions deadline, the first open mic of the year will take place at tonight, at 9 p.m. in Sage Café. Camilla sees open mic as “a great chance to not only read your own work but check out some of your peers’ awesome work as well.”
In past semesters, art submissions have been sparse. The Peal encourages artists in the Wilson community to submit art. You can submit up to three pieces of writing in .rtf or .docx format, or art in .jpg to firstname.lastname@example.org.