Many students that come to Auburn have hidden talents that people may not know about, such as writing, drawing, painting and photography, to name a few. The Auburn Circle, Auburn’s literary magazine, gives students a creative outlet and an opportunity to get published.
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“Everything you see in the magazine was written, photographed, created by students,” Shelby Rice, a junior in English and the editor of the magazine, said. Any student can submit to the Circle, regardless of his or her major.
The Circle accepts many different genres of work, according to Rice, including fiction writing, nonfiction and poetry. “It’s much more than writing. People can submit their art, photography of all kinds, fashion, architecture designs, landscape designs,” Rice said. “Basically anything that takes some sort of creativity, that is artistic.”
“What the Auburn Circle does is vastly different than anything any of the other publications on campus do,” Rice said. Organizations such as The Plainsman and The Glomerata use their own staff to create their publications.
“We don’t have a part in creating the content of the magazine because it is all student-based,” Rice said. “It is an outlet for student creativity. That’s what makes The Circle so special, it shows what students in Auburn are capable of.”
One of the goals of The Circle this year is to get the word out and make the publication known. “People know what The Plainsman is, they know where to pick it up, they know what the Glom is,” Rice said.
“We want to showcase that student talent, we want people to want to be in The Circle,” according to Rice. “Part of that comes with making The Circle accessible to students. We want people to know what it is so that they can enjoy the creativity being showcased in the magazine.”
The submission process for the Circle began on Monday, Sept. 17 and will continue until Friday, Sept. 28. Submissions are due to The Circle office, Suite 1115 in the student center, no later than 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 28.
In order to submit a piece, students should attach a hard copy of their submission to a waiver (available at the office or at www.auburn.edu/circle). Students should also send a digital version of their submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submissions will then be evaluated and students will be informed about whether their piece will be in the magazine.