Artists and writers at Orange Coast College are urged to seize the opportunity to submit their work in this year’s Orange Coast Review.

Started in the early 1990s by former OCC English professor Raymond Obstfeld, the annual literary journal serves as a place to showcase emerging writers. The Orange Coast Review features student and recent alumni’s published literature and art.

Submissions can include prose, poetry, creative and literary fiction, drama, memoir, photography, paintings and printmaking. Sculptures, ceramics and 3D art are considered as long as the artist submits a photographed JPEG of their work.

“There will be an opportunity then for students to reach an audience not only all over campus, but outside of campus as well,” Erik Rangno, an English instructor and managing editor for the Orange Coast Review said. “My hope is that it just kind of elevates the conversation around fiction and around writing.”

If a submission is accepted, the students will be paired with an instructor who will provide in-depth guidance on the editing and publishing process, Rangno said.

Davi Loren, an English instructor who brought back the Orange Coast Review after a hiatus in 2005, introduced colored artwork to the journal and pushed for regular funding. A jack-of-all-trades when it comes to working on the publication, she considers each book a work of art and makes an effort to collect material that visually flows well together.

A short story about ice skating and heroin is accompanied by a black and white photo of an old man skating on a rink in New York. Oil and acrylic paintings with hues of red and yellow are placed alongside each other. Jared Millar, an OCC alumnus, is the art director and designer for the journal.

“I thought it would be a good thing for the creative writing students and for the art students. I wanted to bring the arts together at OCC as much as we could,” Loren said.

Students taking creative writing should speak with their professors if interested. Art submissions will be managed by Holly Topping, an art instructor and editor for the Orange Coast Review.

“It’s very high in quality, and if you went to a bookstore in San Francisco or New York and you saw literary journals, I think it would look similar to the ones [here],” Dean of Literature and Language Michael Mandelkern said.

 A reception will be held April 24 in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion and will include student artwork and open readings.

Written submissions will be accepted between Friday and Jan. 1, and art submissions between Oct. 15 and Jan. 15. Students can enter their work at orangecoastreview.com.

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