By JENNY BRYAN/ Montana State News
Due to an influx in submissions, Montana State University’s creative arts journal, Opsis, has extended the deadline for submissions until Sunday, Feb. 7.
Opsis is a student-run magazine that displays MSU student work in a free publication.
In the past few years, the journal has extended its reach in order to give opportunities to more students, according to the faculty advisor Zachary Bean. “To become more inclusive, Opsis has really reached out to more of the MSU community outside the English Department; for instance, the last two years, we’ve featured cover designs by MSU art and design students, and in the last issue we included more visual art and photos than ever before. We even published some sheet music and architectural blueprints.”
According to Kelsey Weyerbacher, last year’s editor, the publication has undergone many serious changes over the past few years.
The Opsis WordPress site stated that the magazine was previously published under the name Read This.
It was re-branded in 2012, and it changed from a small, informal anthology written by students of MSU’s English Department into a much larger collection of art and writings. It is now available in a traditionally bound book instead of its newspaper-like predecessor.p
In a staff member meeting earlier this year, Andy Meyer, the editor-in-chief, said that after the spring edition in March, there will be a second issue this coming fall, and it will be available online. This marks a first for the publication, which was previously only published annually.
Bean encourages students to submit their works before the Sunday deadline in order to be a part of the spring issue. “I hope there’s someone out there reading this who has been scribbling away in a notebook at night or drawing cartoons during their lectures, and that they send their stuff to Opsis,” Bean said.
To submit, send the title of the work, the name of the author with a few short sentences of personal biography, along with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Edited by Annie Wassan