Gambit looking for creative students

HAMMOND-Submissions for the new series of Gambit Online Student Creative Journal are due Nov. 1. Students can pick up a submission form from the Southeastern Writing Center in DVickers, room 383.

Art of any print, audio or visual can be submitted for entry in the following categories: drama, drawing, music, painting, photography, poetry, prose, syzgy and videography.

There are two journals produced by the English Department and the Southeastern Writing Center: The Gambit, an annual journal of creative writing and The Pick, published in the fall and spring. The Pick, published by the English Department, encourages students to submit an outstanding essay they have written for an English class to be considered for publication.

Monday, Oct. 25, The Gambit is having an Open Mic Night and Poetry Slam to help spread the word about The Gambit and The Pick. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held until 8 p.m. at the Southeastern Writing Center.

“The event is before the deadline, so we’re hoping to influence people to write for The Gambit,” said Victoria Gore, a student worker at the Writing Center.

Gore said that previous Gambit series will be read aloud for the audience, along with new readings. There will also be snacks and treats, and students can come dressed in their Halloween attire.

“It’s just a fun way to tell people about The Gambit,” she said.

The Gambit is divided into three different sections; fiction, drama and poetry. Dr. Jayetta Slawson and Dr. David Hanson are in the English Department and have been a part of the committee for several years. Kelly O’Gea is the editor for The Gambit.

“The Pick is really cool because students work so hard on an essay for one class,” said Lauren Simpson, an education major at Southeastern. “It feels great to be able to have something you wrote being published for others to read. It makes it seem more worthwhile.”

The publications are available for every student to submit their work, but some students have never heard of it. “I have been to the Writing Center several times and I have never heard of either,” said Kristina Colletta, a junior at Southeastern. “After hearing about it though, I wish I would have known because I have written several essays for English classes and would have loved to see them published.”

Flyers are posted up all throughout campus to spread the word about these publications.

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