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Inscape welcomes submissions from all MSU students ahead of deadline

Morehead State University Inscape 2018

The deadline for submissions to the annual Inscape publication is fast approaching. Students have until January 26 at 11:59 PM to turn in visual and literary art projects they have crafted during their time at MSU.

Officials said the magazine, a joint initiative between the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Department of Communication, Media, Art and Design, has published and highlighted student works since the 1950s.

Lisa Mesa-Gaido is a Professor of Art and co-advisor for Inscape. She said while she has seen Inscape evolve since first becoming involved in the 90s, the magazine really blossomed in the last few years. She said entrants channeled the hardships faced during the 2020 lockdown into compelling art.

“During COVID, when we were working online, we still had a hard copy publication, and that’s downloadable as well,” said Mesa-Gaido. “But the way people responded to what was happening globally, individually, communally, community-wise, was really quite remarkable.”

She said Inscape is both an opportunity for students to get their work published and a great learning experience for students involved behind the scenes.

“Because we have the student-led editorial board, they’re getting all kinds of experience curating, work that goes into it. They work, students work together to select pieces and figure out how things are going to be laid out in the publication.”

People may submit up to three cover design entries, three pieces of art for publication, five works of poetry, and three submissions of fiction or nonfiction.

First-place entrants in each category will win $100, with smaller prizes also available for visual arts submissions. All MSU students can enter their work free of charge. Non-students can also enter their art, but they would not be eligible for the cash prizes. A showcase reception is also scheduled for April 25 in the Claypool-Young art building.

More information about the magazine, as well as submission forms and specific entry requirements, is available here.