Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Student Editors Select Work for Publication
A group of student editors is beginning the difficult task of selecting work for Pandora's Box, the University's creative writing magazine. Pandora’s Box publishes the best poetry and prose by students and staff at the University. The latest batch of submissions for the magazine has just come in, and the editorial team is hard at work selecting the most striking pieces for publication.
Pandora’s Box publishes the best poetry and prose by students and staff at the University. The latest batch of submissions for the magazine has just come in, and the editorial team is hard at work selecting the most striking pieces for publication.
The magazine Pandora’s Box has been published annually since 2003, and in 2010 the website, Pandora’s Inbox, was established allowing even more student work to be published.
Each year a small group of final-year students works with the General Editor, Dr Francesca Haig, to run the magazine, website and open-mic nights. This year’s student editors are Joanne Durber, Ally Little, Richard Rintoul and Nancy Sandlands. The team chooses the pieces for publication, a job that often leads to spirited debate at editorial meetings!
As well as providing students with the opportunity to see their work published, Pandora’s Box also provides invaluable experience for the student editorial team. Jenny Gray, one of last year’s student editors, notes how much she gained from her involvement:
I learned so much from the experience of co-editing Pandora's Box. […] Working on the Pandora's Box team made me feel I had an active role in the Department of English and it was an incredibly fulfilling role. Certainly my own poetry has improved from the experience and I have made many lasting friendships."
Former editors have maintained their passion for publishing and editing. For example, Ruth Fielder (editor in 2010-11) went on to do an MA in Publishing and Editing, and now works full-time at Oxford University Press.