By Kathryn Kelman/editor-in-chief
SE Campus’ The Compass magazine is taking submissions for its 2018 issue through May 11.
The arts magazine by and for SE students, faculty and staff was started in 2010 by the campus’ Arts Magazine Cooperative, said SE English instructor Emilee Taylor-Gaulding.
“I am new to the publication, taking on sponsorship after [previous faculty sponsor] Pennie Boyett’s retirement last semester,” she said. “Along with Arlandis Jones, I am a faculty sponsor of the magazine.”
Taylor-Gaulding said the magazine is always looking to showcase the campus’ talented students in their artistic and creative endeavors.
“I also teach creative writing and hope to encourage students in my own classes to contribute to the magazine and to encourage others to do the same,” she said.
In its first issue in 2010, liberal arts dean Jerry Coats explains how The Compass got its name.
“The several campuses of Tarrant County College are like points on a great compass; it is our expectation that SE Campus is a place where students and faculty come together to explore and map their own trackless imaginations,” Coats wrote.
The magazine publishes annually, Taylor-Gaulding said, and they intend to publish the next issue in the fall. It’s free to submit works, but only SE faculty, staff and students currently enrolled at SE can submit work.
“We do have limitations on how many pieces an individual submitter can send in,” Taylor-Gaulding said. “However, we are looking to get as many submissions as possible, so there are lots of spots open.”
People can submit art, photography, blogs, essays, reviews, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
For art and photography, six submissions are allowed per artist, and their work could be chosen for the cover. Submissions must be in the highest resolution possible.
For blogs, essays and reviews, authors can submit two pieces each, with essays and reviews being between 500-1,000 words and blogs being between 100-500 words.
For fiction, authors can submit one submission up to 2,000 words or two submissions of 1,000 words or less. All literary styles are accepted.
The submission guidelines are the same for nonfiction work. For poetry, poets can submit six poems.
It’s not a competition, Taylor-Gaulding said, adding that not every submission is selected for publication, so appearing in the magazine is the “real” prize.
“This is an excellent and unique opportunity to be published,” she said. “Great for resumes and portfolios.”
To submit works, people must email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach their work to the email.
Taylor-Gaulding said anyone that submits work should check their email for follow-up questions or updates regarding the magazine.
Contact Taylor-Gaulding at email@example.com or 817-515-3289