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The School of Literature, Language and Media is planning to publish a school newsletter at the end of next block, focusing entirely on student-generated creative content. The newsletter calls for submissions in the poetry, short story and intellectual dialogue categories. It will be launched at a school event called Fun Lines, later next block.
A new creative publication is on the cards for the Wits School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM) and its first issue to be published at the end of next block. The newsletter aims to showcase poetry, short stories and intellectual dialogue pieces from the student body.
The idea came from 21-year-old Mpho Masuku, a 1st year BA student who is also the deputy- secretary of the SLLM student council.
“It was necessary to have a platform like this to express their (students) art and to develop themselves,” he said.
The current student council was on board and agreed the publication would be a platform for students to “groom others as well and groom the art of literature”, according to Masuku.
The newsletter format was chosen as Masuku said it would not be a “taxing process”. He added that they could have had a newspaper, “but we already have Wits Vuvuzela for that,” he said.
“We are going to accept as many publications that come,” he added. However, only submissions from students within the school will be accepted.
“There is a possibility that in the future, we’ll have a publication that encompasses all students, but right now we are constitutionally bound to serve our school,” Masuku added.
There are also three categories which one can submit to: poetry, short stories and intellectual dialogue about university related topics.
So far, Masuku has received six submissions.
He added that the council would like for the newsletter become sustainable. “This should exist beyond this council and beyond next year,” he said.
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.