Six Reasons Why You Should Submit to the Eckleburg Project

If you’re like pretty much every other college student, you’ve been putting studying and projects off for weeks, but there’s one thing that can’t wait another minute: submitting to The Eckleburg Project. The deadline to submit your poetry, prose, and visual art to the Fall 2016 issue of Texas A&M University’s undergraduate literary journal is approaching faster than the next round of exams, with submissions closing this Friday, November 11th at 11:59pm (that’s tomorrow). You may be thinking that you should just push it off another semester and binge watch Game of Thrones for the third time instead, but these six reasons perfectly explain why sending in your art to The Eckleburg Project is the best decision you could make all semester.

  1. Having Your Art Published is Super Rewarding

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Just like when your mom hung up your 100% math quiz on the fridge in fourth grade, having your work published in the journal will leave you bursting with pride. You’ll get to see your name officially printed in a periodical that will be circulated across campus and the Bryan/College Station community, with your work displayed side-by-side with other phenomenal Aggie artists and writers. Seeing your art exhibited professionally will send chills down your spine and will give you a chance to make the statement you’ve always wanted to make.

  1. There’s No Limit to Your Creativity!

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The Eckleburg Project accepts arts of all kind—the only limit being that it can be printed! Writers, send us your best prose—be it fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, prose-poetry, or even selections from your novel! Try your hand at submitting poetry in all forms, from free verse to iambic pentameter. Artists, we’d love to see how far your imagination can go in the form of paintings, sketches, photographs, or digital works.

While all forms of art are accepted, so are all themes. There’s no restriction on content; write a haiku about your walk to school or paint a unicorn eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you can think it, we want to see it!

  1. The Submission Process is Easy

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The submission process is so easy that it’s practically begging for you to submit! For the last leg of submissions, you will be asked to pay a $5 submission fee, which helps us to distribute the journal for free. For that fee, you can submit up to three pieces per genre—poetry, prose, and art—for a total of nine possible submissions! Our online submission manager Submittable makes paying the fee and attaching your documents a piece of cake, and the website has step-by-step directions to make it even easier.

  1. There’s a Fair and Anonymous Screening Process

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If you’re one of the many people who might be too embarrassed to submit your work, have no fear; the submission process is totally anonymous! You don’t have to worry about your name being attached to something that doesn’t make it into the magazine.

That being said, you don’t have to be the next Shakespeare to get published! Head Designer Kirbie Koonse explains that The Eckleburg Project “really [tries] to publish quality stuff, [mostly] things that have meaning and a lot of work behind them.” The screeners are made up of fellow students—artists themselves or art appreciators—who are eager to see what their peers can do! Screening is an arduous process, with long and open discussions about what should be a part of the journal this semester. And just because you don’t get in one semester doesn’t mean than the next one isn’t your chance!

  1. Less Commitment than NaNoWriMo… and No Shave November

aubrey-5 If you’re like me, you’re probably still on chapter one of this November’s next masterpiece—whether it’s your complicated sci fi novel or your unbearably itchy new beard! You might think you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, but that won’t be the case with The Eckleburg Project. We’re not asking you to submit 50,000 words of the next New York Times Bestseller, but rather a few pages of heartfelt prose, poetry, or art. You won’t have to keep yourself accountable with 1,600-words-a-day promises but you’ll still get all the satisfaction of completed and appreciated work.

  1. A Productive Way to Procrastinate!

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You might be thinking, “I should probably start on my 15-page paper that’s due next week instead of refining my art.” But deep down you know that you’ll just be spending your time incessantly refreshing the Reddit front page or binge watching Trading Spaces instead. Spend your procrastination time wisely and work on your pieces! Write something new, add on to an already created piece, or mash a couple of old ideas together. This way, you’ll be “wasting time” productively!

Submissions close this Friday, November 11th at 11:59pm, so get a move on! You can find more information or start to submit your work here. If you need to glean a bit of inspiration from past issues, you can find the PDFs here.

So what do you say? The choice is yours to make, but you better act now!

–Aubrey Rieder

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