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Salmon Creek Journal to publish 15th edition

WANTED: Prose, poetry, visual and performing arts

The Salmon Creek Journal, WSU Vancouver’s literary and arts journal, is looking for students who dream of being published. The 15th edition of SCJ will showcase creative works of prose, poetry and visual arts when it is published again this spring. Performing art submissions will be displayed online. Submissions are due by Dec. 1.

To inspire writers, SCJ will sponsor a writing workshop at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the WSU Vancouver Writing Center. Prose editor Kerry Layne Jeffrey will lead participants through guided prompts, free writing and group critiques. Students, faculty and alumni are welcome.

Isabela Oliveira, the journal’s editor-in-chief and senior majoring in English, is considering a contemporary theme for this year’s journal, but notes that a theme usually emerges from the pieces themselves.

“I was thinking of going with a modern theme since last year’s version focused on the history of the journal,” Oliveira said. “I want to do something different.”

Writers and artists may submit up to six pieces in each category, but Oliveira said most people focus on one or two. SCJ usually receives far more submissions than it can print, so inclusion in the journal is truly an honor for those chosen. Selecting the final pieces for publication is not an easy process.

“[The SCJ staff] goes on a three-day [off campus] retreat. Then we go over everything. It’s a lot of reading,” Oliveira said.

Once selections are made, the SCJ staff notifies the writers and artists. The staff edits submitted work for typographical errors only. If changes are suggested, SCJ staff notifies the writer for permission.

Oliveira hopes her staff can complete an online version of the journal this year.

“It’s really tough because layout [of the print publication] takes about two months,” Oliveira said.

Oliveira said the journal will be released at a launch party in April.

“Last year we set up a gallery in Firstenburg Student Commons and students could view pieces from [current and previous] journals,” Oliveira said.

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