Stephanie Daniels, Features Editor

Many of us as students at the University of Missouri–St. Louis have hidden talents. Our identity extends far beyond that of a student. But how often do you use your talent in a way that is recognized within the setting of school? Maybe you are a writer, artist, storyteller? What if there was a way to get your work out there in the world? What if there was a way to build your portfolio for industry when you walk across that stage? You have an opportunity as an UMSL student or alumni to be featured in the award-winning literary magazine of UMSL, Litmag. They are looking for art, poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) submissions for this year’s publication.

That first paragraph catch your eye? Let’s talk about what you need to do next.

  1. Take a look at your works (both written and art). Make sure that they fall under the guidelines of what Litmag is accepting for submissions- poetry, prose and artwork.
  2. Select your top pieces of work. (You can submit up to five).  At this stage it doesn’t hurt to dust them off and add finishing touches. If you are submitting written pieces, then be sure to comb them over for clarity, grammar and vision. Does this give off the feeling/vision you intended?
  3. Get your cover letter written up! Be sure to add your name, school email and a good contact number.
  4. Save your submissions as their own documents (if written). If submitting artwork, be sure that the pictures of your artwork are in JPEG format at 300dpi.
  5. Reach out and send your submissions into Litmag at litmagumsl@gmail.com. If you’re wanting to drop off print submissions, you can do so in the English department, fourth floor of Lucas Hall (Look for the green Litmag box).

Don’t pass up a great opportunity to create and submit work that will be shared for the masses! Give your words and artwork the power of immortality with Litmag. What a great way to capture and share your talents. The magazine will be distributed all over campus, and reach the whole campus, as well as alumni and the public! Keep in mind that you would be able to not only to see and share your work in print, but also online. Have your own website? Or maybe building that portfolio that we were talking about earlier? Digital is the new age, and how easy would it be to share a link to your works with a future employer?

Keep in mind that Litmag is a completely free publication and is able to come to life with the help of its donors and sponsors. Litmag’s Business Committee can attest to that, “Litmag’s goal is to give our readership a chance to experience the amazing works of our submitters. This can only be done through the generosity of sponsors and donors towards our magazine.” So if submitting isn’t your cup of tea, but you’d like to contribute to the continuation of this publication you can donate at their crowdfunding page. Their goal is $1000, with 34 days left. To give, visit the UMSL Crowdfunding page and donate.

Litmag staff members would greatly appreciate donations of any amount. “We are so grateful, not only to those who share their creative talents with us through submissions, but also to those who reach down into the depths of their hearts and share what funds they can to make the continuation of Litmag possible,” said Litmag Business Committee.

Sounds like something you want to be a part of? Reread steps one through five above and get your work in! If you have any questions be sure to reach out to litmagumsl@gmail.com. I’m sure that you won’t regret submitting your work to this awesome publication! The submission period has now been extended to Monday, March 4, so it will likely be sometime in late March or early April before authors are notified of acceptance. Good luck fellow and former Tritons!