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Five places to submit your creative work on campus



The University of Oregon is rife with students sharing their work – whether they’re publishing original comics, highlighting the best of students’ creative writing, checking out campus’s most fashionable people or listening to narrated tales on KWVA.

Here are places you can submit the latest creative project you’ve been working on or get some inspiration from one of your peers.

Art Ducko magazine

duckologo3How to submit: Email [email protected]
What to send: Student-drawn comics, essays and interviews with professionals in the comics industry.

Art Ducko is celebrating its fourth issue release from 6-8 p.m. this Friday at the Mills International Center.

Each issue’s cover art depicts an iconic pop culture image that’s been duck-ified. The most recent issue features Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, in which Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian have been redrawn as duck-billed humanoids. Art Ducko’s latest also contains an interview with comics publishing company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc. writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, managing editor Lauren Sankovitch and executive assistant Kit Cox about how to break into and land a job within the comics industry.

Alex Milshtein, Art Ducko’s founder and Editor in Chief, said the magazine aims to support the UO comics culture and offer a platform where students can publish original content.

The magazine was first published two years ago, and releases a new issue every term except for summers. It’s supported by ASUO, the UO English Department and the comics and cartoon studies minor.

Every issue is distributed for free in various locations around campus and online via the magazine’s official website, artduckomagazine.wordpress.com. The magazine is developing a subscription service for readers who live off-campus.

Specific formatting guidelines for a submission can be found on the English department’s website, in the “EUO” section of the undergraduate menu.

Dressed-Up Ducks website and Instagram
dressed-up-ducks-logo-300pix1How to submit: Tweet your outfit to @dressedupducks on Twitter, or tag @dressedupducks on Instagram.
What to send: Photos of your outfits

Kelsey Bradshaw, a journalism and public relations graduate, created Dressed Up Ducks in February 2014.

Bradshaw had a penchant for recognizing the fashionable students around the UO campus, and her fixation soon evolved into Dressed Up Ducks. The online publication at dressedupducks.com is a self-described “street-style blog focusing on student fashion at the University of Oregon.”

“I saw a plethora of great style on campus, and wanted some way to capture it,” Bradshaw said.

Stories feature students who share their personal style, where they shop, how they dress for Eugene weather and who inspires their aesthetic. On Feb. 21, the site profiled local vintage thrift store Eugene Jeans, which recently celebrated its 19th year in business.

The publication is hiring new contributors like freshman Kate Morgan, who learned about the site when current editor Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell visited her media professions class to recruit.

“I had been fantasizing about working for Dressed Up Ducks since fall term,” said Morgan, who has followed the site on Instagram since IntroDUCKtion. ”I thought it was a super cool concept and I loved seeing the people and outfits at my future university.”

New content is released about twice a week online and on the Dressed Up Ducks Instagram and Twitter. The website, dressedupducks.com, includes longer articles and interviews with the people it spotlights.

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Unbound literary arts magazine
What to submit: poems, art prints and short fiction stories
How to submit: Send work to [email protected] Submission guidelines can be found at the Unbound website. The deadline to submit for the next edition is March 4.

Founded in 2008 as part of a Robert D. Clark Honors College thesis project, Unbound started as an online publication before it expanded into print issue that’s released once every term. Since its inception, it has expanded both in size of staff and number of submissions from students. It can be found at the Unbound magazine box at the East 13th Avenue and University Street intersection, between Columbia and Friendly Halls, or online at unboundjournal.wordpress.com.

“Five minutes would get you a good look at the amazing student art submissions we have received this term,” said Unbound’s Editor in Chief Daryen Playford. “It might also give you a chance to read through some of the many short stories or poems.”

Unbound is hiring staff for the 2016-17 school year for editor positions for art, poetry and prose. Visit the Unbound website for more information on how to get involved with the staff.

You can find Unbound on Facebook and Instagram (@unboundlitmag).

In the Volume 9, Issue 1 edition of Unbound, Sarah Hovet’s poem “Two’s a Crowd” focuses on two people who meet to get tea; it defies the norm that student poetry needs to be depressing or pretentious to be profound. “Two’s a Crowd” is simple and bitingly clever: “Leaning forward she does confide; she could die for a cup of chai. And she’ll never tell you that you’re wrong, just not to steep the oolong overlong.”

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Oregon Voice magazine
How to submit: For students looking for the best way to get involved, there are meetings every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Peterson 107. They do accept rolling submissions from any enrolled UO student, which can be sent to [email protected]
What to send: Accepts both art and written work

Oregon Voice is a student-run humor arts and culture magazine open to submissions. It’s published once or twice a term. The description on its Facebook page says, “It represents the student voice in all its glorious whimsy. Womp.”

The magazine accepts submitted student work from art to opinion pieces. Issues usually center around themes like “Jam,” “Mean/Nice,” “Porn” and its most recent: “Ballistic.”

Oregon Voice will be tabling in the EMU on Friday, Feb. 26, passing out copies of the porn issue and promoting its current issue. This newest issue will be looking at things that are more eye-catching to readers like neon, Guy Fieri and guns. It will feature a Q&A with Thomas Tullis, who organized the gun raffle last term in the EMU.

“My favorite thing about it is we try to function as a platform for anyone’s creative work that they’re doing on campus, and to write stuff in their own voice,” said Isabel Zacharias, the Voice’s Editor in Chief. “It’s been a really fun publication because of that reason and the diversity of things we can publish.”

The porn issue featured an opinion-based column, “Girl on Girls: Porn’s Relationship with Feminism,” written from the perspective of a woman who was interested in porn at a young age and found there was hardly any real market for her.
This Oregon Life radio show
ThisOregonLifeHow to submit: Students can visit its Facebook page or email the producers at [email protected]
What to submit: Personal anecdotes or stories that center around the program’s theme and can be read on-air

This Oregon Life is a radio show founded in fall 2013 based on the NPR program “This American Life,” hosted by Ira Glass. This Oregon Life tells stories about the local community and region around Eugene, each episode centered on a different theme.

Journalism student Franziska Monahan is the host and lead executive producer of This Oregon Life, but started out as a reporter, like much of the staff. She started in spring 2014 as a younger undergrad who wanted to explore radio but, like many SOJC students, “didn’t have an outlet other than DJing or sports.”

“[Our target audience is] probably the Eugene-Springfield demographic and the journalism school. Podcasting and storytelling is sort of a niche audience, so many of our listeners are probably in the j-school already,” Monahan said. “We’re creating content that we would want to listen to.”

You can tune into KWVA 88.1, or check out the This Oregon Life Soundcloud account to hear the episodes, which are released monthly.

The most recent episode, titled “Uncharted,” has two stories about UO students embarking on very different journeys – one story focuses on a girl who overcomes serious medical issues to continue her studies, and another features a student who spent her summer biking down the Pacific Coast.


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