The Percival Review, a literary arts journal published annually by South Puget Sound Community College, is now in the very beginning stages of preparation.
Faculty advisor Jennifer Berney is now accepting applications for editors to work on this year’s issue, which will come out in June. Every year, copies are given out at no cost to students at an unveiling party in the Student Union Building.
Now in her fifth year as faculty advisor to the Percival Review, Berney really enjoys working on a project in which artists and writers on the SPSCC campus can have their work highlighted.
Berney is always “curious to see how it changes and what [new editors] will add to it.”
Last year’s edition featured a brightly colored cover, which was a new approach to the cover design. Past editions featured dark color schemes.
According to Berney the journal “represents the wide variety of creativity on campus.” All of the poems, personal essays, short stories, and art are student work. The selection process for what will be featured is also all done by a committee of student volunteers.
Types of written pieces are intermixed throughout the journal. However, all the artwork is kept together in specific color sections. Printing artwork in color is another relatively new feature.
Until the last few editions, the Percival Review had been printed in black and white since its start in 1994. In search of editors, Berney looks for two students whose skills will complement each other during the process. The three most sought-after qualities in a Percival Review editor are people, design, and computer skills.
It is important for at least one editor to have excellent community relation skills for advertising for submissions from students. Editors will begin actively advertising for submissions after winter quarter, and this process is a key part of making each year’s edition successful.
Editors need to have layout design experience and preferably computer program skills in order to significantly help the publishing process. They also need to be organized individuals who can work very efficiently on putting the journal together.
Berney said that the Percival Review “creates a sense of pride” around SPSCC. Many students in art or creative writing classes are featured in the journal, as well as writers and artists on campus who are not able to display their talent in art or writing courses.
If interested in applying for an editing position or have any questions, contact Jennifer Berney at percivalreviewSPSCC@yahoo.com Feel free to submit art or literary works to Berney year round.