LAST CALL – Final Thoughts Contest Ends on Monday

Writers, don’t forget – our annual Final Thoughts Contest for seniors is only open until MONDAY, JANUARY 26 – if you were interested in submitting any of your original pieces, in any genre, you can either leave your work in the submission box outside of the Collab office, or email them to Mr. Lally. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can enter, and you’ll be in the running to win:

$40 in iTunes cards and a mention on our plaque in the hallway (1st place)

$25 discount off of your yearbook or prom ticket (runner-up)

$15 discount off of your yearbook or prom ticket (second runner-up)

And ALL entries will be considered for the 2015 edition of Collab.

We look forward to your submissions!

Final 2015 Collab Art Contest Winners Announced

The votes are in for our 2015 Art Contest, and we’d like to congratulate two students for their victories in our two sub-contests. For the past three years, the top entry from a member of the junior class becomes the artwork that the English Department features on its custom-printed British Literature textbook, which gets distributed to over 250 students. Similarly, the top entry from a sophomore becomes the cover image for the next American Literature textbook.

With that said, we wish to congratulate our two winners for this year:






Also, we have recently put our website through its annual renovation, and our header now features some of the other artwork that we will feature in our 2015 edition. Congratulations, artists!

2015 Writing Deadline

The deadline to submit original written work for consideration in the 2015 Collab magazine is January 26th. For seniors, this is your last chance to submit original work to your high school’s magazine. For underclassmen, any submissions we receive after the 26th will be eligible for the 2016 edition of the magazine. You may submit in any genre, and any number of pieces. Please bring your work to Mr. Lally, or put it in the submission box outside of the Collab room in the English hall.

Seniors’ submissions will also be eligible for our 2015 Final Thoughts contest, which will give out $80 in prizes to the top three entries. The winner will be enshrined on our plaque in the English hall.

Finally, if you still wish to purchase a copy of the award-winning 2014 edition of Collab, we are down to our final five copies. The magazine costs $10, and the funds go toward the printing of our next magazine. See Mr. Lally if you wish to purchase a copy.

Collab Earns Top Prize in MA in National Competition

The results from the NCTE competition for Excellence in Student Literary Magazines posted today, and Collab once again finds itself honored to be rated the top literary magazine in Massachusetts. The 2014 edition of Collab earned a rating of Superior, and was recommended for the contest’s Highest Award. Only two other magazines in the state, and only seven magazines in all of New England earned this recommendation. This year, only one New England magazine received the contest’s Highest Award.

Since 2008 (and perhaps longer – the NCTE website only gives results going back to 2008), no high school magazine in Massachusetts has been recommended for the contest’s Highest Award in two consecutive years.

Congratulations to the editing staff for their continued success in these national competitions!

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Jillian Sullivan Wins the 2015 Collab Art Contest

Congratulations to sophomore Jillian Sullivan, who earned first place in the 2015 Collab Art contest. Her work will be featured on the cover of our volume 43 magazine, due out this spring. Check out an excerpt of her winning artwork – great job, Jillian! This marks the first time in the six-year history of the contest that a sophomore has won.

This year, we had over 150 submissions to our contest, and we will soon have an announcement declaring the pieces that will be the cover artwork for the 2015-16 British Literature and American Literature textbooks at BHS, which will be the top-voted submissions from a current junior, and a current sophomore, respectively. We will also soon determine which art submissions will be included in volume 43. Stay tuned! We had a lot of truly excellent work submitted to us this year, and it has been a pleasure to view them. Thank you to all of you who submitted your work.

And here is an excerpt of Jillian’s award-winning piece (pardon the blurriness of the photograph – a higher-quality photo is already underway):

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Collab Earns First Place in the American Scholastic Press Award

The results from the 2014 American Scholastic Press Awards for excellence in literary magazines have just come in, and Collab is excited to announce that they have earned a First Place award in the High School Literary Magazine category, scoring 910 out of a possible 1000 points from the judges. Only three schools in the state earned this accolade, which is the second-highest award given by the ASPA (only the “First Place with Special Merit” is higher, and only one Massachusetts school, and only 41 schools nationwide earned that honor this year). This entry was Collab’s return to the ASPA competition after a seven-year absence, and marks the sixth time that Collab has earned First Place.

Congratulations to the editors for their hard work!

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