A Review: How to College, a Guide to Literary Magazines at SUNY Oswego

Since 1974, The Great Lake Review has been bringing aspiring students into the world of publishing. This literary magazine has a bit for everyone, with genres of nonfiction, fiction, screenplays, artwork, and poetry. Not only all of this, but better yet, it’s free.

In Spring of 1975, the Great Lake Review was only in its second edition. A baby of a thing, this edition was a mere 18 pages long with only 5 editors. Now, this year in Spring 2017, the magazine has grown.  Each genre has its own head editor, with at least 5 volunteer readers under them. This amazing team reads through all the submissions in their genre – in poetry alone this semester there were over 100 submissions! Together all these editors and volunteers create a book that in total will be about 5 times as big as the one created in 1975!

If that doesn’t show the love that students put into creating this book…

I don’t know what will.

Not only are the people behind this literary magazine passionate about creating it, but the works being submitted are top notch. Who knows where these writers will go one day…will they become the reporter whose story you always search out for? Or the writer who you follow intensely in their online publications of creative writing? The talent coming in can often be shocking, especially when you think about the fact that this is all student work.

Maybe not these college students…these college students are posed…and not nearly as awesome as the ones who work on the GLR

Fantastic, passionate, wonderfully worded, student works.

It isn’t always easy sorting through and picking out which pieces will make the final cut, and the ones that do make it in deserve to be read. Every piece inside of this magazine is created by students – from freshmen to seniors – everyone has a chance! Submissions are read anonymously as well – so there’s no way any bias can be put in should an editor know a writer.

At the end of the year after the hours of reading submissions, debating over what to get, rearranging pieces one by one to create a book, calling printers and bud
geting (all done by students might I add) there is even a party held at a local bookstore, The River’s End Bookstore where these authors get a chance to publicly read their works and interact with other people passionate about language and the different ways words can be arranged.

Maggie Gaiero

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2 thoughts on “A Review: How to College, a Guide to Literary Magazines at SUNY Oswego

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  1. It really is remarkable how many people contribute to the GLR. The authors are the obvious contributors, but the many editors put just as much (or more!) time into it. Having read for the GLR this semester, can you give us more insight into the selection process? Without identifying particular submissions, can you note what considerations go into whittling the pile from 100 submissions to 15-20 poems? (Also, if you wanted to polish this for the final blog post, I have some photos from the GLR selection meeting you could use. Let me know!)

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  2. I think one small thing that really got my attention was the captions on the images you used, mainly the one with the group of students: it’s humorous and really keep my attention. I also think using the GLR and making it something we all know helps keep attention as well. I agree with Laura with maybe including what you consider when making decisions on what you want in or what you want out.

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