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Bradley students showcase creativity in ‘Broadside’

College campuses are a place for students to use opportunities to express themselves creatively. At Bradley, one such outlet is the Broadside Literary Arts Magazine. 

Broadside publishes everything from poetry and prose to visual art of all mediums. In both the Fall Mini Journal and the longer Spring Journal, students of all disciplines submit pieces to be reviewed by evaluators and editors.

“I was an evaluator last year and I liked it,” sophomore English major Emma Aleccia said. “It was cool to see all of the people that barely didn’t make it into the fall journal make it into the spring one.”

This year, Broadside is accepting applications for more staff members. Evaluator is the starting position which requires no prior experience to apply. Staffers view students’ prose and art submissions and have a hand in the editing process.

Submissions of artwork and written pieces for the Fall Mini Journal begin on Sept. 13, with a Death Cycles & Decay theme. This choice reflects the magazine’s desire to acknowledge how much has changed in the past couple of years – from the pandemic to changes in social justice, death and decay have been all around us.

For the upcoming journal, Broadside Co-Editor-in-Chief Sarah Hazenfield wants to focus on the journal’s visual arts component. 

“We’re hoping to amp that [visual art] up this year,” Hazenfield said.

Not only is the magazine a great creative outlet, but it is a good opportunity for students to expand their resumes.

“Broadside is amazing because it offers students the opportunity to have their work published before they even graduate,” Co-Editor-in-Chief Alyssa Pagan said. Having their work published builds confidence for aspiring writers and visual artists.

The Fall Mini Journal is expected to come out in late November. In the coming months, deliberations among Broadside staff will decide what is published.

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