by Julia Rabazzi
Alone is not always lonely, and
lonely is not always alone
Never have I felt more lonely than when standing in a crowd of people
to drown myself
in an imaginary world
or playing my favorite game–
pretending maybe somebody will notice me here
pretending I could gather up the courage to talk to a person besides my friend
pretending maybe I could lose all self-consciousness and just dance like nobody else is there
But I am not that person–
The person I wish I could be,
I hope I could one day be.
Instead I will stand in the corner
too scared to put myself out there,
too scared of what others will think of me
too scared of change.
Instead I will stand all alone surrounded by people
Where I am at my loneliest.
Just a reminder: Friday the 24th is the final day to submit short stories to the Collab short story contest. The top entry will win a free t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing. Good luck!
Also, we’ve updated the link in our header where you can purchase a copy of our award-winning 2014 magazine for $10. Our supplies are limited. Shipping is free. If you are at BHS and wish to purchase a copy, please see Mr. Lally, or any of our head editors (Neil Ford, Class of ’17, Jillian Sullivan, ’17, Havanah Becker – ’16, or Kavya Sebastian, ’16). We also have copies available at True North Coffee in Burlington.
Because of the overwhelming number of submissions that we have received to date (we’re closing in on 100 submissions in the first month and a half – last year we had 155 submissions all year), we have had to add to our head editing staff. While Neil Ford will remain as our head fiction editor, we are pleased to announce that Havanah Becker and Kavya Sebastian will be serving as this year’s Head Editors for Poetry. Congratulations Havanah and Kavya!
Just a reminder – if you wish to submit your own original poetry to our contest, the deadline is Thursday. Submit your work either in the submission box outside of the Collab room, or to Mr. Lally in room 200. The top prize is a $25 gift card to True North cafe. Good luck!
Alongside our current poetry contest, Collab is pleased to open our annual short story contest. Any BHS student may submit his or her own original stories of any length, any genre, any topic. The best entries will be considered for publication in our Volume 43, due out in the spring of 2015. The deadline for the contest is October 24, and students may submit their stories to Mr. Lally in room 200, or into the submission box outside of the Collab Room in the English hallway.
We are also excited to announce that this year’s winner will earn a FREE t-shirt from Out Of Print Clothing, a company that makes excellent literary-themed clothing and gear. Here’s a sample of their work:
Good luck, authors!
To all past editors and interested new editors, Collab will meet on Mondays this year after school. We meet in the Collab room, which is the small room in the English hall between Ms. Netishen’s and Ms. Bularzik’s room. Our meeting generally run from 2:15 until 3:00 or 3:15, and while we meet nearly every week, editors are allowed to miss meetings without losing their editor’s credit. If you are interested in being an editor for our Volume 43, please stop by!
The school year is back in full swing, and Collab wishes to welcome you all back. We also wish to announce the opening of the first of our writing contests: Our annual poetry contest.
Any BHS student may submit his or her own original poetry either to the submission box outside of our room in the English hallway, or to Mr. Lally in room 200. The submissions are made anonymous, and our student editors will determine the top entries. The best poem we receive will earn a $25 gift card to True North in Burlington. Our other prizes include a free copy of the 2014-15 edition ($10 value) and a beverage at Starbucks or True North.
The deadline is Thursday, October 2.
Poems can be any length, any subject material, and any quantity. Although students may submit any number of poems, they will only be eligible for one of our prizes.
Good luck, and we look forward to reading your poems!
Yesterday’s graduation ceremony made it official – Collab needs some new head editors. Our entire head editing staff, as well as several key members of our editing board, graduated yesterday, and Collab wishes them all of the success they can fathom in the future.
Looking forward, Collab is also very excited to announce their new head editors for volume 43, which will be the 2014-15 edition of the magazine. And they are…
Congratulations, Neil and Jillian! You are going to be great!
The Collab fundraiser through Out of Print Clothing is still running, but it just got better…
From Tuesday through Thursday, their whole website is 30% off – plus, if you add BURLINGTON as a coupon code, you ALSO get free shipping, and a part of your purchase benefits Collab!
Check out their merchandise at www.outofprintclothing.com