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By Erin Keating

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Roanoke College’s literary magazine On Concept’s Edge put out their call for submissions. From now until November 27 at midnight, you can submit your poetry, prose, screenplay, script, or art to the magazine to roanokelitmag@gmail.com.

But be aware – even though the deadline looks like it’s months away, the magazine received an exponential number of submissions last year than the year before – a trend they hope continues for this year’s issue. Competition will likely be heavy so getting your work in early could help improve your chances of selection.

The magazine has experienced a turnaround within the last year, spearheaded by previous editor, Nick Fritz, and current editor, Mack Hopko-Turner.  Frustrated by the magazine’s lack of visibility in past years, they opened it submissions up to multiple departments focusing especially on the fine arts department in Olin.  Considering only two years ago the magazine’s only use of art was clip-art to accompany literary pieces, the full page color spreads featured in last year’s edition of On Concept’s Edge are particularly astounding.

This year’s editor, Mack Hopko-Turner, wants to tap into even more potential than last year.  While continuing to encourage fine arts students to submit, the magazine is reaching out for kinds of submissions that it has never before.  For instance, following the success of the screenwriting workshop last semester with Joe Boucher, the magazine staff realized how much interest students have in screenwriting and want to give them a chance to display their work. Another new facet of the magazine this year will be works in other languages to try and involve the foreign language students.  Continuing a trend from last year, the magazine will also be accepting submission from faculty and staff, to show that this is not just the student’s literary magazine, but a magazine to represent the whole Roanoke College community.

Hopko-Turner explains that his goal was to try to get the literary magazine outside of Miller Hall, where the English students reside, and focus on making it a campus wide magazine.  The staff hopes that by widening submissions it will gain visibility for the magazine, and help students from all disciplines showcase their talent.

If you are interested in joining the On Concept’s Edge staff you can join the group on OrgSync. Meetings are usually held on Fridays at 4 pm in Miller 112.  For more updates, ‘like’ the magazine’s Facebook page, On Concept’s Edge.