Submit Your Work
Welcome back, Hughes Academy! We're thrilled to announce that we are once again accepting submissions for our annual publication, The Hughes Dispatch. Let your creativity shine in our community and beyond!
Poem and Short Story Submissions
We're eager to delve into the breadth and depth of your imaginations, Hughes Academy students! This year, we're accepting a diverse range of genres. Maybe you've concocted a heart-pounding science fiction piece, or perhaps a compelling historical fiction narrative is more your style. We welcome everything from spine-tingling horror stories to engaging coming-of-age tales and beyond.
To our poets, we encourage pieces that explore themes such as love, nature, identity, and personal experiences. Use vivid imagery and figurative language to convey emotions and ideas. Don't be afraid to experiment with different forms of poetry – haikus, villanelles, sestinas, or even Shakespearean sonnets!
We're especially intrigued by bilingual pieces. Those poems that weave in and out of languages or are entirely in a language other than English (such as Spanish) are a fantastic opportunity to highlight our Spanish immersion program and our multilingual students.
Remember, we value originality, creativity, and quality in all submissions, so take your time to craft your best work.
Attention artists! We're thrilled to receive your black and white photography and illustrations for the Hughes Dispatch. Your unique artistry enhances our publication, bringing an exciting visual dimension to the captivating writings.
Here's what you need to know:
Embrace Black and White: Harness contrast, texture, and form to create stunning pieces that evoke emotion or thought.
Size Limit: Submissions should fit a layout of 5.5in by 8.5in. Consider how your work will look within these dimensions.
Creativity Welcomed: Your creativity is limitless! If your medium is sculpture, ceramics, or textiles, you can photograph your work and submit it. Just ensure the final image adheres to our size and color requirements.
Seek Inspiration: Review past editions of the Dispatch for a sense of previous visual art entries, but remember we always appreciate fresh, innovative ideas.
Your visual art, in tandem with our written pieces, contributes to an unforgettable reader experience. We eagerly anticipate your submissions for the Hughes Dispatch!
We encourage you to submit multiple pieces. However, please limit your submissions to 2 pieces of art, 5 poems, and 2 stories.
Your work should be carefully edited for grammar, well-developed, and must have a title.
Poems should be no longer than 500 words.
Short stories should be no longer than 3000 words.
Art must meet the requirements above. Please make sure file uploads of art are the highest quality possible.
Work must be submitted electronically through the linked Google Form below (or here)
Please visit Mr. Burell in Room 711 before or after school with questions or for help.
Your submissions will be evaluated by Mr. Burell, Mrs. Heyward, and a panel of students. Here's what we're looking for:
Originality and Creativity (40%): We're seeking submissions that are unique and show your original ideas and imagination.
Clarity and Coherence of Ideas (20%): Your ideas should be clearly expressed and easy to follow. Whether it's a story or a poem, it should have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Overall Quality and Appeal (20%): We're looking for submissions that are of high quality, well-written, engaging, and will resonate with our intended audience.
Presentation (20%): Your submission should be properly formatted and free of spelling and grammar errors.
By submitting your work, you grant us the exciting privilege to include it in The Hughes Dispatch. Your creativity will be immortalized in a publication that will be sold and proudly displayed not only within the walls of Hughes Academy but throughout Greenville County. It's an amazing way to make your mark and be recognized for your talent.
Remember, the art of creation is a journey. It's all about bringing to life the ideas and feelings that stir within you. Whether it's a gripping short story, a moving poem, or a captivating piece of artwork, we can't wait to see what you'll create.
Submission Windows for The Hughes Dispatch: August 1, 2024 to January 17, 2025
Submit your work by clicking the link below:
Sample work from previous collections: