Mountain Laurels, NGCSU’s literary magazine, will be undergoing transitions this fall as it heralds new monthly literature and art contests.
This month will be the first of these contests. Dr. Brian Corrigan, founder and current faculty advisor to Mountain Laurels, said the reasoning behind the creation of this contest series is to “spread out the submissions by offering an actual prize-winning contest every month. Each month will have a general theme (September is Change and Transition).”
The themes of the magazine are chosen to reflect the mood and feeling of each month. October, the time of Halloween, will feature the theme of fear.
The Mountain Laurel’s staff’s hope is that the themes chosen will be universal enough for all artists to explore and experiment with the emotion each month evokes in many ways.
“In October, for example, although writers can write a horror tale and photographers could take macro shots of spiders for the Halloween tie-in, they could also opt to draw on other fears–growing old, losing friends/family, phobias, terrorism, death, absolutely anything that falls under the general theme of fear,” Corrigan said.
In addition to the monthly prize, all contest entries will be considered for publication in the next edition of Mountain Laurels. This credit as a published author or artist, Corrigan said, is an honor sure to accentuate any resume.
The contests will end on the last day of each month. The deadline for the first contest, “Transitions,” is Septe. 30. Entries may be sent to email@example.com. The submissions should be no more than 2,500 words for prose, 30 lines in .doc or .docx format. Art should be in .jpg format.