Evolving literary magazine hits stride in second effort
Fast-growing mag open for writing, art submissions
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 01:09
The Eckleburg Project, a literary magazine at Texas A&M, is taking submissions for its Fall 2013 edition, the second edition in the magazine’s history.
The Eckleburg Project was created in the fall of 2012 by eight students, in conjunction with the University Writing Center, who felt A&M needed a literary magazine. They named the magazine after the ever-watching eyes of the Dr. Eckleburg billboard in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” feeling this reflected how artists are constantly observing the world.
Head fiction editor of The Eckleburg Project and senior English major, Taylor Wendt, said the Eckleburg Project is all about providing students with an outlet.
“The Eckleburg Project is a literary magazine at A&M,” Wendt said. “It’s an outlet for creative minds to express their creativity and to give students a chance to have a voice at A&M since we are predominantly a math, science and business school.”
The Eckleburg Project, which started as an academic endeavor, is now a quickly growing A&M organization. The project was previously funded by the University Writing Center alone, but is currently waiting on official University funding. For the sake of publishing a strong fall edition, they are taking dues from their new members and are charging $3 per submission. Each person may make three submissions.
The Eckleburg Project has several new features, including a blog which will showcase different pieces of art weekly and new positions such as the “Old Sport” Advertising Advocates and the Managing Editor.
This year’s managing editor, senior English major, Amanda Black-Hendrix, said The Eckleburg Project is aiming to publish once per semester and is also currently in the process of interviewing for editing positions. The editors have been taken by surprise at how quickly the organization is growing, she said.
“We opened up our applications for our editorial board and got three times the applications that we thought we were going to be getting,” Hendrix-Black said. “We on The Eckleburg Project Team are in awe, just so excited and surprised by the support and interest we are getting from the community.”
Editor in Chief and senior English creative writing major Madison Parker said the organization has exceeded expectations for its booming growth. With three times the number of applications expected, Parker said she was excited about the outpouring of Aggie interest and support.
“I am encouraged by the responses we have received because that is just a huge testament that the Aggie art community is so much larger than we give it credit for,” Parker said. “It is encouraging to know that we have a strong backing behind our art community here, that even people who don’t contribute art can appreciate it.”