The Percival Review, the college’s literary and arts publication, is currently taking submissions. Any student who has attended or will attend a class during the 2013-2014 academic year can submit up to four pieces of art and three pieces of writing. Any type of art or writing will be accepted including drawings, sculptures, photos, stories, essays, and poetry.
Students can submit their work at firstname.lastname@example.org. Art submissions will need to be in either jpeg or tiff file format. Written submissions will need to be in the format of rtf., .doc, .docx, or copied and pasted directly into the email. Submissions are due by midnight on Feb. 17.
There are optional themes for this year’s Percival Review: humanitarian, environmental, or community.
“I see that there’s so many huge global issues that aren’t really being addressed and I think it’s just very important to be open as students,” said Percival Review Co-editor Tresor de La Vigne. “Part of our education is to open our eyes, to be aware of what’s going on in the world.”
These are optional themes; if a work is submitted that does not fit the categories, it is still eligible to be published. “We hope that [students] will be able to send something that’s focused in this direction…” said de La Vigne.
According to de La Vigne, the process of creating and submitting a piece to the Percival Review can help students. By starting to get them into the motion of submitting work, the students begin to open up and prepare for the possibility of rejection.
“It also gives them something to put on their resume, something to look back on from college, and…it can propel them in a direction as an artist,” said de La Vigne.
“Other people want to see our work whether we like it or not and it moves people. Everybody has the ability to be an author or an artist so there’s going to be people who are going to connect with our work whether we think it’s fitting or not,” said de La Vigne.
There is a chance that not all submitted work will be accepted. “If for some reason [a student’s] work isn’t chosen, it’s an opportunity for them to take it and revise and keep working towards the direction of submitting again next year,” said de La Vigne.
Last year the Percival Review did not receive many ceramic submissions, said de La Vigne. Students are able to take photos of their art and submit works through that medium.
“My co-editor and I are really excited to be a part of this project and we really want to help people to get published so we want people to submit,” said de La Vigne, “Take your best work, submit it, and see what happens, just let it go”
“This is just opening up the opportunity to make a difference, use freedom of speech, and talk about things that are important in the world to you; and it’s kind of awesome because that’s what the Percival Review is about,” said de La Vigne.
“We were kind of thinking that if people had doubts about rejection, just give their work a chance,” said de La Vigne, “We are our own worst critics.”