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Waldorf Literary Review calls for submissions from creative minds

Murad Hazhibayev holding a copy of the last issue of the Waldorf Literary Review.

By Suyaishar Sebastian

The Waldorf Literary Review is calling for submissions from all aspiring artists, writers, poets, photographers and graphic designers for the spring semester with the deadline set for Feb. 19.

Waldorf University has a diverse group of talents from different educational backgrounds which endorses and encourages creativity. The Waldorf Literary Review staff members are putting together a collection of work from students who have a passion for any form of art.

The Waldorf Literary Review serves as an artistic journal where individuals submit their work. Their mission is to give students, faculty and others from the Forest City community a chance to showcase their work.

The staff members of this year’s Waldorf Literary Review include Ben Hassebroek, Murad Hazhibayev, Sierra Kearns, Lydia Knudtson and Kelsey Peterson.

Senior English and Creative Writing major with a Communications minor, Madina Tuhbatullina, who is also a previous staff member of the Waldorf Literary Review said it is a great way to let people express themselves and see what people like creating, writing or designing.

“It’s just a way for the Forest City community to support each other and build a sense of belonging by sharing their art and feelings in the Waldorf Literary Review,” Tuhbatullina said. “The end goal is to select the best work we get for each issue and to publish it.”

All Waldorf students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit their poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, satirical writing, visual art, photography and whatever else they want to share by emailing Professor Ryan Clark, the faculty advisor of the Waldorf Literary Review.

“I think it encourages everyone, especially students, to keep writing, continue improving and start submitting to other bigger journals either in bigger universities or even national journals,” Tuhbatullina said.

Murad Hazhibayev, current staff member of the Waldorf Literary Review acting as an Associate Prose Editor, said it is a stepping stone for those who dream of getting published on bigger platforms.

“If you get published in the Waldorf Literary Review, you feel like you can probably publish it elsewhere, so it gives you a push of encouragement to get into this lane of publication,” Hazhibayev said.

The Waldorf Literary Review publishes an annual issue by including submissions from both Fall and Spring semesters.