SandScript wins first place in national competition

by ALYSSA RAMER

Pima Community College’s SandScript 2015 recently won awards from the Community College Humanities Association. It was named National Winner and First Place Winner in the Southwestern Division of its Literary Magazine Competition.

SandScript is a printed collection of student art, short stories and poetry compiled by the Literary Magazine Workshop class (WRT 162) .

Sathya Lacey has worked closely with the publication and was in WRT 162 during the Spring.

“Last semester was my first time working on SandScript,” he said. “I started off as our submissions manager, mostly working in the office, printing out and organizing the submissions into packs for the class to read, as well as putting together the digital files of the artwork for us to look at.”

Lacey moved up through the ranks quickly and is now the assistant editor. “I was the person maintaining the screen of anonymity for all our submissions,” he added.

Lacey helped assemble the winning edition.

“Working with everyone on the staff to get the magazine published and presented was a huge sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It’s quite amazing having a tangible piece of beauty that I know I helped bring into the world. I also was given the chance to help elevate the artistic voices of so many talented contributors.”

SandScript has won the Southwest Regional Award for four years now. The first place winners include Daniel Kylma Bahman, for his short story, and Patrick Cobb for his artwork.

Khrystle M. Chavez won third place for her artwork, while Mariana Ceja won third place for her poetry. The awards will be accepted in Phoenix in November at the CCHA national conference.

“The award is a definite cherry on top,” said Lacey. “I knew in my heart that the magazine we made was incredible, but to have someone else looking at many magazines and choose to highlight ours was a big moment.”

Joshua Cochran, the advisor of SandScript and teacher of WRT 162, the editor Danyelle Khmara,  and the rest of the student staff contributed greatly to the effort.

Lacey hopes to spread the word about the magazine around campus so others can experience it.

SandScript comes out in May, and includes submissions from both the fall and spring semesters.

Fall submissions are being accepted for its 2016 publication until Dec. 12. The spring deadline is March 2, 2016. All the submission rules and guidelines are listed online.

For students entering work, please do not include your name, only your student identification number to prevent bias. For artwork submissions, only a photo or a scanned file may be entered. Concerning prose and poetry submissions, please proofread work beforehand.

For more information, visit aztecpressonline.com/sandscript.

Photo courtesy of Sandscript “Cityscape” by Patrick Cobb won first place for visual art in SandScript and in the Community College Humanities Association’s 2015 Literary Magazine Competition.
Photo courtesy of Sandscript
“Cityscape” by Patrick Cobb won first place for visual art in SandScript and in the Community College Humanities Association’s 2015 Literary Magazine Competition.

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