essay, poetry and short fiction. Due to timing constraints the magazine judged is from the previous year. Several EMCC students also had first place winning stories in the 20162017 edition.
EMCC English instructor Marilyn Ford thanked the college's administration for allowing the continued publishing of a print journal.
“We've just been very fortunate that we've had the support to continue to do a hard copy publication instead of an online publication,” Ford said. “A lot of students have been very grateful to have the hard copy. It just seems to be more important and more significant when they can actually have a hard copy to keep and to hold, rather than having it in the world of the internet.”
Students from all across the EMCC system submit writing and other art to “Syzygy,” which is then examined and judged by EMCC faculty. Selections making it to the magazine number between 25 and 30, with some students having multiple submissions published.
“This is all of our EMCC kids,” Ford said. “The submissions are due usually late fall right before we break for Christmas, and then over Christmas break, those that are evaluating, or faculty judges begin to examine all the submissions. Normally, we have upwards of 150 to 200 different submissions in the literature part.”
Ford also discussed the importance of publications like “Syzygy” in furthering the liberal arts.
“In the last few decades, the liberal arts have lost some ground in their significance,” Ford said. “So many people are specializing, and it seems like the liberal arts, the theatre, the literature, the dance have shifted down to a lower priority under the maths and reading and science classes, but many studies have proven that fiction in particular makes us more empathetic human beings, that the power of the spoken and written word still is monumental as part of our expression.”
East Mississippi Community College English instructor Marilyn Ford with the 201617 issue of “Syzygy.” The publication won first place in the 2018 Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association's annual workshop and contest.