New KU literary magazine looking for staff and contributors
- Sep. 4, 2012
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Students looking to have their writing displayed now have an alternative creative outlet. Siren, the University’s new online, student-run literary journal is looking for contributors.
Brendan Allen, a senior from Phillipsburg, and Becky Mandelbaum, a senior from Wichita, are co-editors of the journal.
Both were on the staff of “Comma, Splice,” an annual literary magazine. After the magazine was discontinued last semester, Allen and Mandelbaum collaborated to create a forum for student work that is strictly online.
Now, the duo is forming a staff and looking for interested students to submit poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as interviews with writers and reviews of stories and books.
“We want this to be a journal for KU undergrads, first and foremost. As much interest and as much passion as we can get into it, the better, for both longevity’s sake and for the quality of the journal,” Allen said. “Hopefully this is something that can keep going for years to come.”
Unlike Kiosk, which is a student-run magazine printed and distributed on campus and in Lawrence once a semester, the Siren will not have a print edition. Allen and Mandelbaum want to release one “issue” each semester by posting a large amount of creative writing at one time; the first of these issues will come out before winter break. Between these releases, interviews and reviews will be posted periodically.
Mandelbaum said the online journal would reach a wider audience than a print publication because it is more accessible.
“With a lot of print journals, people pick one up and flip through it, but they don’t really read through the whole thing,” Mandelbaum said. “With an online journal, people can go online whenever they have time. We’re just trying to find quality writing at KU and put it in one place so people can see what is going on in the writing community here.”
To submit to the Siren, visit the website at sirenjournal.dept.ku.edu. Submissions will be edited and selected by the editorial staff. For inquiries about joining the Siren staff, email Allen and Mandelbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allen said he hopes to get as many people involved as possible to create a diverse mixture of student writing.
“No one is completely dominating the direction of the journal,” he said. “When you have one person doing a blog, it’s just that one person’s point of view; it can get narrow. We want to make sure that many people have the possibility to have their voices heard.”
— Edited by Sarah McCabe