Sans Merci Announces New Editors

“Sans Merci,” Shepherd University’s creative arts magazine, has announced its new editors for this year’s upcoming issue.

There are two components to the magazine: literature and art. “Sans Merci” offers the opportunity to students to have their work published in either component, regardless of major or year. They are open to literary works in any genre and any art piece.

“Sans Merci” is proud to announce the returning senior editors:

English major Jade Flamenco, and painting and drawing major Stephan Hummer for literary and art, respectively. The new editors for the literary side are senior Jessica Hall, senior Katie Fluke, senior LaShawn Tolson, and senior Brandon Nicholas, all English majors. The new editors for the art component are senior painting and drawing major Emily Jones, and senior photography/computer imagery major Holly Hilmer. The art side of the magazine is also in the process of hiring a graphic design student to design this year’s publication.

“Sans Merci” is entirely student-run, edited and designed. This year, the magazine will be publishing its 38th consecutive volume. Funding is provided by the Student Government Association.

Senior English major and current secretary of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, Diana Everhart, who was recently published in the magazine said, “It’s been a great experience publishing my work in ‘Sans Merci.’ I’ve had no issues and I enjoy the party at the end!”

Former editor, vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, and 2013 graduate from the Department of English and Modern Languages Stephan Viau, also had comments about some of the challenges surrounding his experience within “Sans Merci,” along with some advice for this year’s editors.

“‘Sans Merci’ is an opportunity for the English department to collaborate closely with art students in order to create a magazine that showcases the excellent literary work and artistic talent of Shepherd University…Judicious compromise, in the end, was the key to creating the best publication,” Viau said.

The faculty advisors for the magazine are Dr. Carrie Messenger, assistant professor of English and Stephanie Robbins Thulin, associate professor of photography.

The submission deadline has not been announced, but is usually close to the final week of the fall semester. For any questions regarding the submission requirements, please contact either faculty advisor or one of the editors. The entire “Sans Merci” team is very excited about this year’s edition of the magazine and will put forth their best effort to give Shepherd University the most amazing edition yet.

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