Texas Wesleyan’s student journal, Aries, gives budding writers within the Wesleyan community, and outside of it, the opportunity to have their works published.
Professor Price McMurray, faculty adviser for Aries, said it was started back in the 1980s, and has changed and evolved over time.
“I think one of the biggest changes over the years is that it’s gotten bigger,” McMurray said. “It draws submissions from all around the world even.”
McMurray said even though Aries is open to everyone and gets submissions from all around the world, over the years, there have been fewer submissions from students and faculty of the university.
“I think the original intent was to have more local [submissions],” McMurray said. “And we’d be happy to have that, to get more people who are a part of the Wesleyan community to send us stuff.”
Anyone, whether they are a Wesleyan student, faculty or staff member or not associated with the university at all, may submit a piece of work. Submissions can be fiction or non-fiction, short story, one-act play or essay.
Each must be no more than 4,000 words in length. Up to five poems may be submitted and black and white photography and art can also be submitted.
McMurray said Aries publishes every spring around April or May. All submissions have to be in by Jan. 1.
“The students who are the editors then go through [the submissions] and select the ones they want to include,” McMurray said. “Then we do the editing and the layout. And with any luck we get it done by the end of the semester.”
McMurray took over Aries last year, and said his reason for doing so was because he felt it was important to give the Wesleyan community this opportunity whether the opportunity be for the interns working on the journal, or the students submitting in the hopes of having their work actually published.
“I think for students it’s a good learning exercise,” McMurray said. “You actually have to make a decision. You have to decide whether or not if the piece is good. It’s a different type of teaching opportunity.”
McMurray said when students work as interns on the journal, they get a sense of satisfaction out of helping to put it together.
Dr. Linda Carroll, professor of english, said she thinks students get a wonderful opportunity with Aries.
“Aries has earned an international reputation as a first-rate journal, and Wesleyan can be proud that we have such a fine publication,” Carroll said. “Students should submit their creative work to Aries because it allows them an opportunity to have their work evaluated in an objective process by members of the editorial board, which are students.”
J.K. Netsch, a Wesleyan alumnus who still participates in the production of Aries said she got involved with Aries as a student because she wanted an intership that was relevant to her field of study.
“I have stayed with Aries because I am passionate sbout the journal and want to see it succeed,” Netsch said.
Netsch said Aries is important because it provides students with hands on experience when it comes to working on a literary journal.
Students, faculty and staff interested in submitting to Aries can contact McMurray at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Aries website at http://ariesjournal.wix.com/aries for more information.