So I just submitted a handful of poems that I wrote this last year. They're mostly all from my time in my Creative Writing class this year, and some of them were published in my school's literary magazine.
The literary magazine, Artisan
, is an annual publication that my school does, which features poems, short stories, artwork and photography that students have created. This is the first year I've submitted anything to it, and also the first year that I've worked on it.
Don't think that my poems got in just because I worked on it, though; they make the system a bit more fair than that. There were about twelve people that worked on the magazine, including myself and the two teachers that manage it. When it comes to the literature portion of the magazine, everyone reads the submissions (after the teachers remove the names from them) and rates them on a scale of one to four. The teachers then took the averages of those scores, and submissions that averaged higher than a certain mark (which I don't know what that mark was) were published in the magazine.
The artwork and photography that get published in the magazine are selected solely by the teachers. Us students that worked on the magazine only ever saw the artwork that made it in.
We were all assigned specific pages—22 to 25 for me—that we formatted in Adobe InDesign. Most of the art/photos were printed in black and white, except for the one on the cover, those on the inside front and back covers, and those in the color section on pages 15 to 18. The poem that was rated the highest out of all of the submissions had the honor of going on the inside cover. That honor went to my friend, Kylie, for her poem "Our Storm, Our Fate." A really great poem, and one of the few that I gave a score of three or higher.
And that's a basic summary of our school's lit. mag.