Literary journal nears final round of edits

English Professor Marybeth McCauley and her team of student editors have completed the 2015 edition of the Absolute journal.

The latest edition of the literary and art journal will be released at a reception on campus at noon, April 30, said McCauley, a faculty adviser.

This year’s edition will include 30 hand-picked submissions ranging from poetry to science fiction, McCauley said.

When selecting material for the annual journal, student editors looked  first for good content.

“We read all of the submissions and we make decisions based on how well the content is structured, including grammar and so forth,” said student editor Kimberly Avery. “But more importantly on the content itself.”

Avery, a literature major,  has been an editor since McCauley recommended the position to her in her creative writing class.

“I ended up loving being a part of the Absolute,” Avery said. “So she said I could continue to be an editor.”

Everyone is invited to attend the reception at noon April 30 in CU 1 and 2 to recognize the writers and artists published in the Absolute.

The event will include an awards ceremony and live readings of some published pieces, McCauley said.

The awards ceremony will kick off at 12:30. Copies of the Absolute will be sold  at the reception and after the reception for $5 in the bookstore.

For those eager to get in on the action, the deadline to submit material for the 2016 edition is Dec. 1.

“We encourage multiple submissions,” McCauley said. Anyone can submit their pieces through the online submission form under the Academics section of the OCCC homepage.

While you are there you should also look through the archive of past editions of the Absolute as far back as 2002.

For more information email or call the English and Humanities division at 405-682-7558

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