Literary Magazine encourages creativity

Students receive chance to become published authors


Clarise Tujardon

One of the covers of “The Pomegranate” magazine from previous years is displayed.

Every year, Literary Magazine allows students to showcase their talent in the magazine, “The Pomegranate.” Deadlines for this year’s submission is on Friday, Nov. 22. Students may submit their own literary works such as poems, short stories, artwork or photography using their school email to [email protected].

“[Lit Mag is] a publication to show student work,” EngIish teacher Mary Davenport said. “It’s meant to show off poetry, artwork [and] any type of craft students have created. It’s open to anybody [who] submits.”

English teacher Amber Counts co-sponsors Lit Mag alongside Davenport to help produce the magazine. Counts has witnessed students submit pieces each year and hopes to see submissions continue to send a positive message to readers.

“The ultimate mission of the literary magazine is to encourage students to share their voices and understand that language is a powerful tool which they can wield to change their lives and the world,” Counts said.

Senior Josey Lewis, who is an avid fan of poetry, will be submitting a poem to Lit Mag about her past and present experiences in life. Through poetry, she expresses herself the way she wishes to.

“What’s special about [my poem] is that I have trouble voicing myself,” Lewis said. “I have trouble talking about specific topics. But when I’m writing, I’m expressing my hate [and] my love and because of that. It makes me feel better later on when I’m finished. I want everyone else to feel that way, too.”

The only requirements are that the creative work students submit does not exceed the 1000-word limit and has the student’s name on their work along with their grade level. Lit Mag’s mission is to encourage students to express their creativity in literature beyond the school boundaries.

“It’s all about creative expression,” Davenport said.[Lit Mag is] purely for a creative outlet and it’s not so much for something that has to do with grades [or] nothing we have to do with the expository or persuasive writing we do in our English class.”