Literary magazine, Quadrangle, opens submissions

By Abigail Wojcik and Ned Leslie

Features Contributors

It is time to get out your paint brushes, sketchbooks, cameras, and notebooks because Canisius College English department’s literary magazine, the Quadrangle, began accepting submissions this past Monday. They plan to accept submissions up until late January. The Editors-in-Chief of this year’s magazine are seniors Aryanna Folkner and Alex Segelhurst. They are extremely excited about this edition and are working tremendously hard to make it novel. They expressed an interest in the magazines look and content, citing the Quadrangle’s yearly fluidity a cornerstone.

Quadrangle is a student-run publication that prints students’ art and writing. The editors made mention that the magazine is “very much a team effort.” Quadrangle is comprised of many students from various departments. For example, the magazine utilizes students from the business school to help with advertising and promotion. In recent years, Quadrangle has gotten increasingly more involved with the Digital Media Arts department. Faculty member Professor Dunkle has made a push to get students involved with the publication. Each year, Quadrangle adopts a new aesthetic and possesses a unique physicality.

In past years, the submissions have been all over the place in terms of content and medium; the pieces can oscillate from photos to poems. This can make it difficult to compile work that all fits together in one coherent magazine. Because of this challenge, Folkner says, “We wait for submissions and then form an idea around them.” For example, last year the magazine developed the theme of growing up and loss of innocence.

Quadrangle receives an overwhelming amount of submissions, and they each are looked at with care and respect. “We value everything submitted to us. Without it, we wouldn’t have a magazine,” Folkner commented. With this being said, they have to be aware they can’t accept everything sent to them. Certain factors stand out to the staff of Quadrangle, such as pieces that are scraped together or made with poor effort. Pieces don’t have to be completely grammatical or prefect to be accepted, but the editors look for plot and character development. Mostly, it is about being heart-felt, unique, and saying something. The editors also made it clear that students of every collegiate year have made the magazine in the past. Folkner and Segelhurst try their best to produce a magazine that is reflective of the student body as a whole.

Getting rejected is a part of trying, and the editors stressed that no one should be discouraged should their work get denied. Quadrangle wants everyone to keep creating and keep submitting, and to never give up. A lot of the time, rejection can be constructive and end up making you a better artist or writer.

Segelhurst described the process for deciding what gets into the magazine and what does not as “very democratic, and [the] majority rules.” Everyone on the staff looks at the submissions and forms an educated opinion that they back up with an argument in discussions. The artist’s and writer’s name are kept anonymous from everyone, and they are judged solely on content. This year is a little different because they are including freshmen in some of the early stages of the making of the magazine. Normally, everything is done by upperclassmen who have taken Canisius classes such as literary publishing and creative writing. Falkner and Segelhurst want to train newcomers and include everybody to keep involvement alive.

If you are interested in helping Quadrangle but you missed the first meeting to apply, your efforts are still needed in other ways. One of Quadrangle’s biggest endeavors is advertisment. Talking about Quadrangle to anyone and everyone helps get the word out and gets more copies read. Another way to be involved is to submit work. You can submit multiple times and even have multiple works published.

Quadrangle has been a staple in the Canisius culture for years. Having one’s own handmade work in print, in something you can touch and hold, feels so official and empowering. Quadrangle is about bringing students’ voices together to be heard in a unique and creative way. It creates a sense of community on and off campus and holds so much pride for everyone. There is plenty of time to make something for submission, as the deadline won’t come until late January. The editors and The Griffin strongly encourage those with any creative ambition to submit a piece.

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