Writing aficionados, creative writing students and supporters united at the Harris Art Gallery last Thursday evening for a night dedicated to the 12th edition of Prism Review.
The publication is a ULV student-based compilation of many literary works that comes out annually.
The Night included a reading of featured students and faculty reciting their favorite pieces as well as two guest authors reading their own work.
“The Prism Review is a book of writer’s submissions and we decide what goes in it.
There is poetry, fiction, non-fiction and reviews of other literature,” said sophomore Creative Writing Major, Ashle Huizar.
The Prism Review staff consists of students that enroll the Literary Magazine class headed by Associate Professor of Writing Sean Bernard.
This year’s issue is special in that the submissions went from a few hundred to over a remarkable thousand. The large increase in submission is attributed to better advertisement and a website revamp.
The pool was definitely larger this year and the staff had more to choose from.
“This year’s issue is much better, mainly because we’ve gotten more submissions. We were able to be more picky and select better poems and stories,” said senior creative writing major Nick Dormois.
“It’s getting more popular and we get more submissions, which means a higher quality,” Bernard said.
The staff of creative writing students spent the past two semesters meticulously reading over these thousands of submissions, each looking for the perfect aggregation to their masterpiece.
“Every week we get a new batch of literature. We read them, discuss them and we debate, deciding which are the cream of the crop,” Dormois said. “I try to look for something that has good character, interesting plot and usually a surprise ending.”
“For me, I am big on details and images. When it comes to fiction, it has to have tension. I ask myself if I can visualize it in my mind,” said senior liberal studies major Diane Martinez, who is on staff as a creative writing minor.
“The students were the ones to create this. It’s a reflection of our work, from the cover art and font, to the works found inside.
It’s all students’ work,” Martinez said.
To purchase a copy, e-mail email@example.com or stop by Miller Hall.
For submissions for the future issue of Prism Review, you can visit prismreview.submishmash.com/Submit
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