The 2011 edition of “Waving Hands Review”—the cover of which is pictured here — contains submissions from several Craig residents. The Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking submissions for the 2012 edition of the art and literary magazine. The deadline to submit is March 1.

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The 2011 edition of “Waving Hands Review”—the cover of which is pictured here — contains submissions from several Craig residents. The Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking submissions for the 2012 edition of the art and literary magazine. The deadline to submit is March 1.

CNCC art, literary magazine seeking submissions for 2012 publication

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“The purpose of the magazine is to kind of give voice to artists in this area, but the main guideline we’re looking for is just quality.”

— Joe Wiley, Colorado Northwestern Community College instructor, about “Waving Hands Review,” the college’s literary and art magazine

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At a glance ...

• Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking submissions for its 2012 edition of “Waving Hands Review,” a literary and art magazine.

• The submission deadline is March 1.

• Entry is open to CNCC students, staff and faculty, as well as Northwest Colorado residents not affiliated with the college.

• The magazine is accepting poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, drawings and other types of art or literature.

The story starts outside a honky-tonk joint in a sweltering, gritty, west Texas town.

A faithful dog sits inside a 1957 Ford Ranchero, waiting patiently for his master to return.

In a moment, this dog’s life will be upended by impulsive act. He’ll be forced to make his way in a land dominated by oil rigs, rattlesnakes and roughnecks with hands stained black by the lifeblood that fuels this region.

Thus begins “Instinct and Consequences,” a short story written by Craig resident Mary Morris and published in the 2010 edition of “Waving Hands Review,” Colorado Northwestern Community College’s art and literary magazine.

The college is seeking submissions for its 2012 edition of the magazine, which is scheduled to publish in late April.

The submission deadline is March 1.

The magazine is designed to showcase the literature and art of Northwest Colorado, particularly the works of Moffat and Rio Blanco County residents, editor Joe Wiley said.

“The purpose of the magazine is to kind of give voice to artists in this area, but the main guideline we’re looking for is just quality,” said Wiley, also an English and philosophy teacher at CNCC’s Rangely campus.

Mary Morris submitted her work on a “whim,” she said, but its origins are anything but trivial.

The setting of the story reflects the west Texas towns of Monahans and Wickett, Texas, she said. She and her family lived in the region when she was a young girl.

“I think that writing opens a door to our personal lives and even to … our souls,” she said.

Craig poet David Morris is a regular contributor to the magazine, Wiley said.

He pointed to the Craig Middle School teacher’s work as an example of the regional flare the magazine is designed to capture.

“I’ve almost grown to consider him the poet of Northwest Colorado,” Wiley said. “He’s very regional and (his poetry is) all based on region and landscape.”

The literary magazine is open to a broad range of submissions, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and other types of writing. The magazine’s editorial staff — which includes CNCC students — also accepts photography, drawings, photos of artwork and digital artwork.

Mary Morris had three words of advice for anyone thinking about entering work in this year’s “Waving Hands.”

“Just submit it,” she said.

The publication, which is free, will be available at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

To submit work, learn more about the publication or see past editions, visit www.cncc.edu/cms/content/waving-hands-review-welcome.

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