June 22, 2022

Towers Literary Magazine in the process of returning to publication

DeKALB — Towers Literary Magazine, first published in 1939, is struggling to publish again after its demise in 2016. The literary and creative arts magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction poetry, drama and works of art. art and published annually for 29 years.

Pushing for creativity and giving students a place to show off their work is a big reason behind the magazine’s relaunch.

“At my high school, we had a literary magazine, and I thought it was really cool because a lot of people could share their writings that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to share with anyone,” said treasurer Ariel Argent.

Jack Struck, associate editor, said clarifying guidelines for submissions is a priority, making sure students know that all submissions are welcome and that all different forms of writing, art, illustrations and drama are accepted.

“We’re hoping to clarify the guidelines because there are really only guidelines on the website that show fiction, and those aren’t the only categories,” Struck said. “And then a few other things like we’re hoping to increase our visibility, of course.”

The main goal of the semester is to get more submissions to increase the number of posts and broaden interest, Struck said.

Funding the magazine is still something the club are looking to learn more about as they had to start from scratch.

“Usually when a club expires all of their funding is revoked and you basically have to sign up as if it were a new club,” Struck said. “We wouldn’t have any funding from previous years.”

Towers will revamp its website and reach out to staff and faculty to let people know the magazine is returning to campus.

“We’re going to talk to the English and Art Department,” President Theresa Dolasinski said. “That way they can tell students who are interested in the class.”

Towers seeks to bring a publishing-oriented club to campus for students to express their creativity and provide hands-on experience in their professional field.

“I think it’s nice to have other options for other students who want to go here like there’s the speech club and other options for students, but there’s really nothing for a creative point,” Dolasinski said. “It’s hard to find internships in the English field, and you need them if you want to get a job in the field, so I thought this would be a good way to get some experience.”

Towers will begin having meetings once enough bids have been submitted. The magazine is looking for editors for each category. Students interested in gaining experience in publishing are welcome to submit their work.

For more information on how to submit to the magazine, contact the club at tours.literary.magazine@gmail.com.