CNCC accepting submissions for third issue of ‘Waving Hands Review’

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This is the cover of the second issue of “Waving Hands Review,” a literature and art magazine published by Colorado Northwestern Community College. CNCC is now accepting submissions for its third issue. The deadline to submit is March 1.

How to participate

Northwest Colorado artists wishing to submit works of writing or art for consideration in the third issue of “Waving Hands Review” can find submission guidelines and details at www.cncc.edu. Submissions are due March 1.

Craig resident Sue Beachman said people shouldn’t be afraid to submit their writing, poetry, art and photography for publication.

“Art is a journey,” said Beachman, an amateur photographer and poet. “It’s not always the result that’s important. What’s important is the process.

“It’s in the striving.”

Striving artists will have an opportunity to submit their work to the third issue of “Waving Hands Review: Literature and the Arts of Northwest Colorado,” an annual magazine produced by Colorado Northwestern Community College.

The deadline to submit is March 1.

The third issue will be printed in May, and made available at CNCC campuses and Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

The magazine is free.

Joe Wiley, editor of “Waving Hands Review,” said the magazine seeks exemplary works by new and established writers and artists of Northwest Colorado.

However, Wiley said the subject matter doesn’t necessarily have to reflect the area.

“We don’t want to be provincial,” said Wiley, an instructor of English and philosophy at the Rangely campus of CNCC.

“The art is judged on its own merits, not for its references to the area or something like that.

“In other words, if someone was in Australia and had taken some great photographs, we’d put them in there.”

The magazine accepts submissions only through the college website at www.cncc.edu. Submissions remain anonymous until selections are made.

Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded to the best entry in four categories — artwork, poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Wiley said the works are chosen in part by students of his Creative Writing II class.

“I’ll take submissions in there and we’ll workshop them just like student work,” Wiley said of his class. “(The students) have a different perspective on things than I do. Some (submissions) that I might have left out, they think should be included, and vice versa.”

According to the submission guidelines, the magazine will not publish works that are created exclusively for “shock value, gratuitous sex or violence, or anything tastelessly racist or sexist, or cloyingly sentimental.”

Other than those rules, Wiley said he hasn’t grown tired of a particular type of submission.

“It’s not like I’ve been bombarded with bad confessional poetry, or anything like that,” he said. “It’s been a real eclectic mix of stuff. I can’t think of anything I don’t want to see anymore.”

Wiley said the first issue, which was published in 2009, was intended to include a smaller spectrum of Northwest Colorado artists.

“The first one was kind of a beta issue,” Wiley said. “We weren’t sure what we were getting into, so we limited it to the CNCC family — faculty, staff, students.

“Still, word got out and we had some contributors who weren’t really associated with the college.”

For the second issue, published in 2010, Wiley broadened the submission guidelines to include all members of the community.

“It increased last year,” he said. “There were probably over 100 submissions.”

Many of those submissions came from Moffat County residents, particularly from Craig, Wiley said.

Beachman, whose photography and poetry was featured in the first two issues, said she’s not surprised by the strong local presence in “Waving Hands Review.”

“There’s a lot of talented people in Craig,” she said.

As to whether she would submit works for consideration this year, Beachman said she wasn’t sure.

“I haven’t thought about it yet,” she said. “Perhaps.”

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