Expression Literary and Arts Magazine

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Expression Literary and Arts Magazine staff, winners of 2019 Community College Humanities Association for the Pacific-Western Region:

  • Best Magazine Award, 1st Place
  • Best Creative Nonfiction, 1st Place, “Taking the Mask Off” by Todd Napier
  • Best Photography, “Belize” by Erin Wirrenga

Expression Literary and Arts Magazine is proud to showcase the very best creative work of students from Casper College and the University of Wyoming at Casper.

What we are looking for

We welcome student submissions of original work from a variety of genres, including but not limited to stories, essays, poems, screenplays, paintings, drawings, graphic designs, sculpture, jewelry design, costume design, architecture design, musical scores, and musical recordings. If the work is creative and original and good, we’d like to see it for consideration in the magazine.

Literary Submissions
  • Manuscripts must be typed (Times New Roman, 12-pt.), double spaced, titled, and max. of 3,000 words.
  • Save submissions as an *.rtf file. (In the “Save as Type” box, scroll down to “rtf” and click.)
  • Submissions must contain a header with the title and page number in the upper right-hand corner only; do not put your name anywhere on the submission.
Visual Art Submissions
  • Clearly print the title of the work, the medium, and the dimensions on the back of each submission; do not put your name on the submission.
  • Artwork and photography saved as a *.jpeg, *.tiff, or *.png may be submitted.
  • All 2-D work should be protected with cardboard panels, size permitting.
  • Arrangements can be made to drop off work the morning of the judging and pick it up later that day, but “Student Information” and “Publication Release” forms must still be submitted before the deadline
Music Submissions
  • Submissions may be for solo instrument, voice or ensemble.
  • Sheet music must be submitted in *.pdf or *.png format.
  • Original performance pieces must be saved as *.wav, *.mp3, or *.flac files.
Other Submissions

The Expression staff welcomes submissions in other categories displaying student creativity, including architectural design, computer animation, short films, costume and make-up design, and comics.

When to submit

Submissions are accepted year-round.

 

Our history

Established in 1964, the first few issues of Expression were published bi-annually. The magazine has since been published annually; in fact, the 2010 magazine represented the 50th edition of the publication.

The staff

The magazine relies on a dedicated staff of student volunteers. If you would like to help out, see the job descriptions below and Expression staff application (Google form).

Editor-in Chief (Leads staff in pursuit of mission)

  • Assumes leadership role by assigning, coordinating, and directing staff duties
  • Prepares written agenda for & chairs weekly staff meetings & special work sessions
  • Ensures schedules, deadlines, staff, and publication obligations are met
  • Represents the magazine on the CC Publications Board
  • Along with the production editor, serves as primary contact with printer
  • Oversees promotional efforts, submission process, judging sessions, magazine design, production, unveiling reception, and campus-wide distribution
  • Maintains assigned office hours
  • Directly responsible to faculty sponsor

Managing Editor (Manages office, submissions, and distribution)

  • Tracks expenses and maintains financial records
  • Organizes and supplies office and resolves problems with equipment and/or supplies
  • Trains all staff in regard to phone and office equipment protocol
  • Coordinates staff office hours
  • Oversees submission logs
  • Records, distributes for approval, and files minutes for all meetings
  • Plans and implements magazine distribution

Production Editor (Prepares promotional materials and magazine for publishing)

  • Generates and graphs design concept for the magazine and any promotional materials on the computer, working closely with the art editor, and securing input from the staff
  • Maintains a close working relationship with the publisher
  • Prepares lay-outs for the publisher, carefully checking all proofs with input from staff
  • Ensures that all publication deadlines are met

Web Editor 

  • Maintains Expression’s professional presence on Facebook and any other designated and approved (by both chief editor and faculty sponsor) websites
  • Ensures link remains viable to updated submission packet material
  • Assumes other electronic duties as needed

Literary Editor 

  • Actively solicits literary submissions through correspondence with faculty, students, and literary conference participants – arranging as many classroom visitations as possible
  • Organizes literary judging session; once judges are selected by staff, secures judges, explains duties
  • Sends thank-you notes to literary judges, along with an invitation to the reception
  • Sends rejection or acceptance letters (accompanied by invitation to spring reception) to all who submit literature
  • Adheres to scheduled deadlines
  • Designates responsibilities to assistant, as deemed appropriate

Art Editor (Responsible for art components of magazine)

  • Creates cover design mock-ups based on staff input and finalizes magazine cover
  • Designs artwork for promotional materials (posters, flyers, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Actively solicits student art submissions through correspondence with art, theatre, and architecture faculty and students – arranging as many classroom visits as possible
  • Organizes art judging session; once judges are selected by staff, secures judges and explains duties
  • Promptly arranges for scanning/photographing all artwork selected for magazine
  • Sends thank-you notes to art judges, along with an invitation to the reception
  • Sends rejection or acceptance letters (along with invitations to spring reception) to all who submit art
  • Designates responsibilities to assistant, as deemed appropriate

Music Editor (Responsible for music components of magazine)

  • Activiely solicits music submissions through correspondence with faculty and students – arranging as many classroom visits as possible
  • Organizes music judging session; once judges are selected by staff, secures judges and explains duties
  • Sends thank-you notes to music judges, along with an invitation to the reception
  • Sends rejection or acceptance letters (accompanied by invitation to spring reception) to all who submit music

Staff Assistants 

  • Fulfills duties as designated by editor-in-chief
  • Helps out where needed

All other positions

  • Adheres to scheduled deadlines
  • Attends weekly meetings, special work sessions, and judging session
  • Maintains assigned office hours
  • Directly responsible to editor-in-chief