Spring time brings new issues of UNH student publications

By GabPezzelli
On March 4, 2014

If you are a lover of creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry or photography, then this month has a lot to offer at UNH. Both of the university's literary publications, Aegis and Sandpaper, will be producing their spring issues within the coming weeks. Both publications are student-run and showcase the literary and photographic works of students.

Aegis - which dates back to the 1970s - works mostly in prose, poetry, and black and white photography. Aegis has a staff of about 25 editors and graders that work together to choose what pieces go into each issue. When choosing from the list of submissions, all names are removed so the process is completely anonymous.

While not every poem will be chosen there are still many ways to get involved with Aegis. Jon Constable, the co-editor in chief, started as a grader for the submissions and eventually became editor.

The deadline for submissions for Aegis is March 7 and works can be sent to aegis_unh@yahoo.com. Constable encourages students who are not English or art majors to send in their submissions and has been excited to see the amount of submissions come in, especially from amateur writers and photographers.

"If you look in past issues many of these are art majors, but lately few are art majors, it's people who take pictures or write as a pastime," Constable said, whose own work was first featured in last fall's issue of Aegis. "I'm just starting to put my own work out there as well." 

"The stereotype of a student literary magazine is sad poetry about breakups," Constable said, but he hopes that the Aegis can dispel those clichés as the subject matter within the magazine speaks to many issues and interests.

The spring issue of Aegis will be a special one, as it is incorporating "throwback" works from past issues alongside new submissions from students. Constable teased the next issue, saying that it will have some exciting changes to the old format. Aegis has also begun to work with Main Street Magazine to mount a new campaign including streamlined advertisements that they hope will bring new readership to the magazines.

Sandpaper - UNH's non-fiction literary magazine - is easily recognizable by its octopus mascot, which appears on each issue's cover. The magazine, now in its fourth year and fourth issue, has undergone some changes since it began as a publication.

After the founder and editor Peter Kisper graduated, it became a scramble to rebuild membership until current editor-in-chief and now senior Jenny Prikockis came into leadership. Prikockis is excited about the future of the magazine and also hopes to find new volunteers who are interested in non-fiction who will take the magazine even further.

Sandpaper works with a staff of about 15 editors, along with two graduate student advisors. Prikockis is looking forward to producing the new issue.

"As I graduate, we are really looking for people to fill the roles that are opening up," Prikockis said. 

The process of choosing from submissions, like Aegis, is completely anonymous. However, Prikockis said, one important thing she looks for in her submissions is a cinematic approach to non-fiction.

"I like to look for works that have a quality and naturally effective dialogue that one would see from a filmmaker," she said.

Prikockis said Sandpaper also works with the introduction to creative non-fiction classes to locate and foster new talent. Sandpaper has weekly meetings to discuss the upcoming issues, as well as to plan fundraisers and activities such as open mic nights. New members are always welcome. The members will be hosting a bake sale this Thursday, March 6, in the MUB from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for their new issue, and all are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the magazine.

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