Why Should You Write?

notepadHope those submissions are coming along nicely. Make sure to send them in by Friday, October 31st!

There are some of you who are polishing up paragraphs here and there for your submission, but for those of you who have not yet started or aren’t sure how to further develop your work, an interesting article on Mic.com gave a little insight into writing.  Although this article, entitled “Science Shows Something Interesting About People Who Love to Write” was more geared towards people who have suffered injury or loss and are encouraged to write as an act of healing, there was some great information that is applicable to all writers and artists of every kind.  Writing (and art) is a wonderful, necessary to express oneself, yes, but it also a healthy, creative, constructive way to heal any wounds that have been caused by a little thing called life.  Honing in on creative ability takes talent, time, and patience, but when it is harnessed, there are truly beautiful achievements to be gained.  You may want to pursue a career in writing, film, studio art, photography, etc., to make a living, which is great, but the most important part of focusing on the Arts is to find something within yourself that enables growth, understanding, comfort, and at times, closure.  The literary and art community is not only important for simple aesthetics, but for the soul.

So, if you’re still stuck on your submission, click here to read the full article, “Science Shows Something Interesting About People Who Love to Write” to get a little inspiration.

Submission Guidelines

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • For visual art, sent us pictures of your artwork.  If there is any special information about the art, like the medium, influences, etc., feel free to include that as well.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!


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