Final Selections Made for Collab 43

At today’s Collab meeting, the editorial staff made their final decisions about which written submissions would appear in our magazine. This year, only 31 of the 155 submissions that we received made it in. We would like to thank everyone who submitted their original work to the magazine – the quality of the submissions remains high from year to year.

With this important step behind us, we may now begin the process of creating the magazine, and in that regard, we are fully a month ahead of where we were last year. We expect that Volume 43 will arrive at BHS sometime in April, hopefully before April Vacation.

2015 Final Thoughts Contest Winners Announced

Collab wishes to announce the winners of the 2015 Final Thoughts contest. This is our annual contest that recognizes the top written submissions from members of the senior class.

In third place this year, winning a $15 discount to either the prom or the 2015 yearbook, is Rachel Czerwinski for her poem And it Was Red 

Our runner up this year, earning a $25 discount to either the prom or the yearbook, is Anjali Seereeram for her short story Warmth

And our 2015 winner in the Final Thoughts Contest is Michael Seleman for his essay titled Unlimited. Michael wins $40 in iTunes cards for his work, and this marks the first time in seven years that we have had an essay win this contest. All three of these pieces will be featured in the 2015 edition of Collab, which is scheduled for release in April. Thank you to all who submitted, and congratulations to our top three writers!

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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