By HALLA PASCHOLD
“The Carillon” is UNK’s annual literary magazine published by students and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta. Submissions are open to all UNK students, and this publication includes a range of genres: poetry, fiction, scholarly essays, art and photography.
Writing is one of the most powerful activities one can employ. It allows everyone to express their hopes, dreams, fears, experiences, thoughts and ideas. Even so, many people find writing daunting.
I’ve been promoting “The Carillon” for several years, as the writer and editor of 2022, and there are a few recurring reasons why people might not submit their writing.
Some possible excuses are: “I don’t feel comfortable writing about my personal experiences” or “My material would never be good enough to be published”. And finally, “I don’t want people to judge me.”
While these are all valid fears, the beauty of writing isn’t in being the best, but in sharing a bit of yourself with others. It is not necessary to write about personal experiences, but if used, readers can be empowered.
“I can shake everything while I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. These words were written by Anne Frank in 1944. She was a terrified young girl who turned to writing to deal with the horrific atrocities she faced.
Writing is a tool that I have used in my own life to help share the struggles that I struggle to talk about with others. It’s a platform that allows people to express themselves the way they want.
While attending the Blue Gold Showcase for the Carillon, I met what I thought was a stereotypical football player. It turns out he writes poetry because writing allows him to share his most authentic self with the world.
Regardless of who the writer is or what they write, The Carillon editors would like to see submissions to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2022.
If students would like to try their hand at prose poetry, the Carillon also sponsors the Bellringer Competition with a $100 prize. Submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 15. For more information on submission guidelines, visit https://carillonsubmission.wixsite.com/the-carillon/project-01.