No writing is a waste of time— no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. It has done you good.
Brenda Ueland- If You Want to Write
Dear Readers and Writers,
Welcome to our June Issue — Issue 30! Not sure we imagined this way back in 2015 when we first started brainstorming the idea of creating an online journal just for student writing. And we’re in great company— there are many other lit mags for students both online and in print,some backed by academic institutions, and many that are both created and run by student volunteers. We’re in favor of sending your creative work to MANY places, to increase your chances of being published. Some great resources:
When we started Blue Marble Review, we pictured this online space as a repository for creative work that would both showcase and inspire student creatives. In our eight years online we’ve seen the way creativity mirrors and speaks to cultural change. Students still write about family, school, sports, graduation, college, jobs, love, hobbies… but all of these themes are colored by where we’ve been (covid, isolation,) and what’s up ahead— environmental changes, inequality, political change, inflation…. Wait — also HOPE.
Writing has always been about connection, and whether a piece seems relatable or leaves you feeling riled, well maybe both are okay.
Enjoy the issue.