Have you ever noticed those magazines on sale around May, featuring amazing works of poetry, visual art and creative writing? This is the Icarian, the year-long work of Literary Magazine, a club dedicated to collecting artwork by students as well as staff. Literary Magazine, or Lit Mag for short, is sponsored by Naperville Central Librarian John Hayward. Anyone interested in a magazine can pay for one when registering.
“We collect the writing and art of Naperville staff and students and publish it in a magazine, so our end product is a ‘best in writing and art,'” Hayward said. “It’s really a celebration of talent [Naperville Central] is.”
When considering work for submission to the final magazine, there are certain standards that qualifying work must meet: all work must show clear effort, and writing must have generally correct grammar. Works deemed offensive, explicit and/or plagiarized will automatically be disqualified from submission to the magazine.
“We consider the quality of everything submitted before it goes into the final edit,” said Kalani Staudacher. “We don’t judge artists, but we have standards for pieces.”
Members can submit a myriad of works for submission, such as, but not limited to, short stories, poetry, drawings, paintings, photographs, comics, song lyrics, essays, and critics.
“People often don’t realize the extent of our submissions,” Staudacher said. “You are allowed to submit any type of writing that interests you. If it’s [a] non-fiction essay or personal story, we will accept it if we deem it sufficiently “artistic”. If the artists have something they are proud of, they are totally welcome to submit it. »
Additionally, the club has expressed its goal of reaching more writers, welcoming all types of writing that meet submission standards and demonstrate creativity.
Lit Mag’s goal for the 2022-2023 school year is to become more expansive and visible. For example, Lit Mag is now taking steps to create a bigger online presence by creating a website to simplify the submission process.
“We know there are many passionate artists in our school community who have work that interests them,” Staudacher said. “We want their work to be seen by a wider audience. It can be intimidating to have a room where you struggle to be judged by a group of strangers. This is why we try to increase the visibility of Lit Mag.
Literary Magazine, after more than 60 years of art collecting and magazine production, is still an integral part of the Naperville Central community. It provides a means for all students and staff, regardless of artistic background, to share and showcase their work to the whole school in a published magazine.