Rosalie Deastis // Features Editor
For over twenty years now, COD’s artists, poets and storytellers expressed their creative passions through the college’s liberal arts magazine, Prairie Light Review. The publication is distributed once every spring and fall semester.
“It’s really a great outlet for people and it’s very fulfilling to have it all finished at the end of each semester,” said this year’s editor-in-chief, marketing student Allison Anderson, who was PLR’s marketing editor last year.
“I’ve always liked to write.”
Students involved with PLR must be enrolled in English 2210 unless they are interested in just volunteering for the publication and not applying for a position. In addition to editor-in-chief and marketing editor, positions with PLR include production editor, advisor, and there are multiple assistant editors.
Anyone, including faculty and staff, can submit something for a PLR publication but all contributors are limited to four pieces. Every week, the PLR staff goes through packets the editor-in-chief puts together, and they vote on the ones they like best, on a 1-10 scale. Also, each piece of art and writing has the contributor’s name removed.
“Other aspects the submissions are judged upon are if the piece ‘fits’ the magazine, and if all the pieces we like go well together,” said Anderson.
PLR is most interested in fiction, drama, poetry, essays, paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, murals, cartoons, etchings, jewelry, collages, pottery, and fashion.
“This year we hope to gain a much wider readership,” added Anderson.
“We’re also talking about branding our image, and ways to re-vamp the magazine.”
The deadline for their fall 2013 publication is Sept. 18. The day their publication is distributed every semester, the group throws a publication party to celebrate, with an open microphone and refreshments. PLR meets every Wed. in BIC 3251, 2:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join.