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Mosaic 2018 hits stands around campus

April 18, 2018

On April 11, the staff of Nicholls’ literary magazine, Mosaic, released the 2018 edition of the publication around campus.

Mosaic’s purpose is to showcase students’ creative work, including fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, art, photography and graphic design.

“Not everyone can be in this magazine. This is a competitive peer review process, so it’s something they should be proud of and can put on their résumés,” Katherine Connor, Mosaic faculty advisor, said.

Mosaic 2018 features 91 out of 224 submissions.

“This has been the most submissions we’ve ever received and the longest issue we’ve ever had,” Connor said.

Connor also said Mosaic has been published each spring for about 50 years, making it the “second-longest running student magazine in Louisiana.”

Mosaic’s editorial board hosted an awards ceremony on Wednesday night for all students and faculty involved in the Mosaic’s production.

“We gave out 11 awards: three for fiction, three for poetry, three for art, one freshmen essay and one for high school,” Assistant Editor Alexandria Prosperie, a marketing major and creative writing minor from Houma, said.

Prosperie, who will serve as Mosaic’s next head editor, received first place for her poetry.

Connor explained that publishing the Mosaic is also a part of her English course.

“They read and rank the submissions in my publishing pact course. It is a class where they learn how to edit and publish. They get a better understanding of how to run a literary magazine,” Connor said.

Students who are not in the class are also welcomed to help read and rank submissions. “Students in the class have final say about what goes in the publication,” Connor said.

Connor said each year she picks a new head editor and assistant editor, who are usually English or creative writing majors.

The editorial staff accepts submissions from current students in the fall, and edits the chosen submissions during the beginning of the spring semester.

“The editorial board is always so fun. The people in the class are so knowledgeable and hilarious. The class itself made me seriously consider editing for a career, but my favorite part about it was actually reading the pieces,” Prosperie said.

Mosaic can be found on racks around campus in the student union, library, Jazzman’s Café, Elkins Hall, Peltier Hall and Gouaux Hall.

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