UVSC’s English department-sponsored literary journal, Touchstones, has a long history of distinction, and is looking for student submissions for publication in the next edition.

This showcase of UVSC students’ raw talent has a long-standing tradition of excellence, and in looking to keep that tradition going. Touchstones is asking students writers of short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, one act plays, and poetry – all between 1500 to 2000 words or less – to be submit for possible publication. Touchstones is not limited to creative writing pieces though; it also encourages art students to submit art pieces, photography and graphic art designs.

"A benefit to having your work published in a smaller journal is, first of all, it can give you confidence in the future, but, also, it’s a part of your portfolio – any submission can only bulk up your portfolio, and give you more heft when you go to apply for graduate school or jobs in the field," Editor in chief Amber Watson said. "There is really no drawback to submitting."

Committee members will review all submissions to determine which pieces will be published. The decision making process is very professional – those reviewing the pieces have no knowledge of the authors’ identities, cutting out bias and giving every piece the same opportunity for print.

Submissions must be turned in by this Spring semester deadline, 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2008. For more information on submitting a piece, or to obtain a form for submissions, visit LA 114 or http://research.uvsc.edu/touchstones/