Meet the Interns: Peggy Dale, Contest Coordinator

margaritedale_0Peggy Dale, Contest Coordinator, is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in English.

Superstition Review: What do you do for SR?

Peggy Dale: I am coordinating the very first SR writing contest; basically I’m setting the parameters and then coordinating to make sure everything goes smoothly.

SR: How did you hear about or get involved with Superstition Review?

PD: I received an email last semester, and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to grow in experience and help SR as well.

SR: What is your favorite section of SR? Why?

PD: I love it all; it really is a well thought out professionally executed magazine/journal. I guess I’ll say the Fiction section, because I love the scope of fiction and its story; however, you can say that of all great writing, so again I love it all.

SR: Who is your dream contributor to the journal?

PD: Someone who has not yet been discovered, a shining light who will electrify the world; someone we give a helping hand to get started.

SR: What job, other than your own, would you like to try out in the journal?

PD: I would like to try editing the Fiction section.

SR: What are you most excited for in the upcoming issue?

PD: I’m excited to be coordinating the first contest, seeing it completed, finding an exciting talent, generating more interest in Superstition Review.

SR: What was the first book you remember falling in love with and what made it so special?

PD: I fell in love with Heidi, because my mother used to lay beside me and read it to me every night. That story of love and searching opened the world of literature to me, and the safe, warm, personal time with my mother worked to help me associate reading and peace. I’ve always loved reading and writing, and it all began with Heidi.

SR: What are you currently reading?

PD: The Edge Chronicles Beyond The Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

SR: Do you write?

PD: Yes, I am a writer. I am working on two books right now. One is a fiction story of modern troll warriors with several great twists (a lot of fun). The second is an historical autobiography. I’m very excited about both; they have tremendous potential.

SR: Do you create art?

PD: I love to create art of all sorts. I’m working on a family photo quilt for my daughter; it’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but it should be irreplaceable when it’s finished.

Moving Right Along…

With our solicitations sent out and the submitted works starting to filter in, the Prose and Poetry Teams been busy looking things over in that realm, but have had to shift their focus to the upcoming series of interviews in their future. Our prose and poetry editors were busy this week researching the writers they intend to interview this semester, gathering facts and preparing questions to submit to the authors. And, as was announced at the SR reading on Monday evening, we’ve already got an exciting author lined up–award-winning fiction writer, Ron Carlson!

The Art editors have already had their hands full looking through the submissions drifting in. They’re be working on responding to their solicitations and have been queuing up potential contributors for this upcoming issue of SR.

The Administrative Team had their work cut out for them: besides coordinating the reading at Changing Hands, they also made progress on the Kindle project and worked on the parameters for the first-ever SR writing contest.

Our Content interns are starting to piece together the actual work that’s being considered for publication in the journal. They’re been busy logging all work that’s been drifting in so as to keep things from slipping through the cracks; because SR is digital, and all exchanges are through electronic means, it becomes critical that we have a way to track all of these and make sure all the work we receive has a record to track; this team keeps the magazine running smoothly.

The Web Design Team has simply continued working behind the scenes on the redesign of the website. We released some potential design ideas this week and are receiving feedback from all the interns before we proceed, but the site is progressing nicely. As part of my duty as Blogger I attended the reading and live-tweeted, so in case you missed it you can catch up with what the reading was like here, at least until the reading review is posted. And, as always, I’ll be here, filling you in, so you can stay up-to-the-minute with the editing process here at SR.

Last Quiet Before the Storm

This week our editors, in all genres, began to send out their solicitations under the advisement of their team managers. The managers, responsible for keeping track of who we have asked to submit work to us and gathering contact information of the artists and writers we’re asking to submit, have been busy helping their editors prepare for the responses that will begin filtering in.

Our Content Team has been busy keeping track of what’s going in and out of our editors’ hands still. As work comes in and is accepted or rejected by our editors, this team lists the status, and, if accepted, is responsible for readying it for publishing, including tracking down bios and formatting contributor headshots. The advertising side of this team has also been busy preparing fliers and announcements for local bookstores and literary communities to announce future SR events, whether it be our Reading Series (first one in little over a week–September 21!) or the actual launch of the journal.

The interns working with the administrative efforts of the journal have had a lot on their plate between organizing our first-ever writing contest and making the move to Kindle. Don’t worry, we’ll still be completely accessible online, but we want to give our readers the option to enjoy SR on the go, and this is an exciting new way to do this. The logistics of the upcoming SR reading began falling into place, too, with the booking of the site and acquisition of a photographer for the event to capture the excitement of Stella Pope Duarte’s reading.

Finally, the Web Design Team has simply been continuing to work on the site overhaul, behind the scenes. The interns have been getting staff bios and headshots ready and throwing out design ideas to make the new look something lasting and aesthetically appealing for everyone. And, of course, we’ve been keeping you updated here, on the blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Next week, when responses start rolling in, we’ll all feel the pressure–and excitement–a bit more. As for now, things are running pretty smoothly and we’re glad for it.