Previous issues of the “Leonardo Literary Magazine.”

CNM Literary Journal Seeking Editors, Writers, and Artists

By Hilary Broman, Staff Reporter

Leonardo, CNM’s fine arts and literary journal, is seeking editors to work on the 2017 issue as well as pieces of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography for submission, said Carly Harschlip, CNM instructor and Leonardo faculty advisor.
Becoming an editor for Leonardo provides students who are interested in pursuing a career in editing and publication hands on experience, Harschlip said.
Students interested in becoming an editor for the upcoming issue can contact Carly Harschlip at, she said.
All qualified applicants will be sent a questionnaire then the Leonardo staff will choose editors and the genre that they will be responsible for editing based on the answers to those questions, she said.
Tanya Chavez, who was Leonardo’s lead editor last year said, “It was a good and fun experience and also a resume booster.”
Chavez will be a contributing editor for the Leonardo until she graduates in December 2016 and plans to pursue a career in editing, she said.
It is a great way to get involved and be a part of a community, Harsclip said.
“I truly believe that education is more than just taking classes, it’s expanding your opportunities and looking to understand who you are as a person”, she said.
Students who are interested in being published in Leonardo are able to send their digital submissions to from now until Feb. 3, 2017, Harsclip said.
Students are able to submit in any or all of the five genres; poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography, Harsclip said.
“We are looking for work that thinks about things in an interesting and unique way,” Harsclip said.
Some of the work that stands out is work that is thought provoking and that makes people see something from a different perspective, Chavez said.
“We are also drawn to local work about life in Albuquerque or New Mexico,” Harschlip said, “stuff that comes across as so authentic and so specifically New Mexican.”
The rules and guidelines for submissions are as follows:
• Title all work
• Visual art: Leonardo does not return original work. All submissions should be high quality copies of original work. Submit work via email in a jpeg-file and include “ART” as the subject line. Up to three pieces.
• Poetry: No more than three poems, five-pages maximum. Attach as word document and include “POETRY” as the subject line.
• Fiction: Up to two stories, ten-pages maximum. Attach as word document and include “FICTION” as the subject line
• Creative non-fiction: Up to two pieces, ten-pages maximum. Attach as word document and include “CNF” as the subject line.
• Save document with first and last name and genre (Ex: Johnny Smith Poetry)
• Students may submit in more than one genre, but must do so in separate emails. No more than one submission per genre.
The 2017 Leonardo issue is set to be published on April 2017, Harsclip said.
Each year there is a Leonardo release party where students whose work was published in the current issue have a chance to read their work aloud and win awards, Harsclip said.
“I love being able to see students try different things,” she said.
Chavez encourages students who are thinking about submitting a piece for publication to not be afraid and to just go for it.
“If it’s something that you created, that you love and that you want people to see, why not submit it?” she said.

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