2015 Collab Earns Top Rating in National Contest

The results from the 2015 American Scholastic Press Awards, and Collab is excited to announce that they have earned the rating of First Place With Special Merit – the top-possible rating in the contest! The magazine earned a total of 965 out of 1000 points this year, up from 910 last year, and it marks the first time that Collab has earned the top accolade in this contest since 1994. It is only the fifth time that the magazine has ever earned this top mark.

Only around 60 magazines in the country were selected for this highest designation, and among high school literary magazines, Collab was the only magazine from Massachusetts, and one of only two magazines in all of New England to earn this ranking. Congratulations to the editing staff for their hard work, and to the contributing writers and artists to Collab Volume 43! Great job!

UPDATE: Collab, Volume 43 also earned an “Excellent” rating in the 2015 NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines contest.

The 2016 Final Thoughts Contest is now OPEN!

The 2016 Final Thoughts Writing Contest is now open for submissions!

This annual contest is our biggest writing contest of the year, and features our best prizes.

The Final Thoughts Contest is only open to seniors, who may submit as many pieces as they wish. The submissions can be in any genre (short fiction, poetry, essays, lyrics, translations, etc), and the top entry will be commemorated on our plaque in the English hallway.

YOU Could Be Our Next Winner!
YOU Could Be Our Next Winner!

The winner will also receive a $40 Amazon card. First runner-up will receive a $25 discount from either the senior prom or the yearbook, while the second runner-up earns a similar $15 discount. Any senior who wishes to enter his or her original work may do so by leaving the submissions in the box outside of the Collab Room in the English hall, or by emailing them to Mr. Lally at lally@bpsk12.org

There is no restriction on the number of submissions a student may submit, and the deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016. After January 29, we will not be accepting any further submissions for our 2016 magazine.

Good luck, seniors!

Writing Contest Winners AND New Art Deadline

The deadline for the Art contest has been extended through Monday, January 4, the first day back from the vacation. All artists are welcome to submit their original work to the magazine, and the top entries will be the cover art for our magazine, and for our two BHS literature textbooks next year.

And we are excited to announce the winners of our writing contests. Because of the lower number of submissions, we had to combine the two contests into one, and the winner this year was Laura Harder for her short story, So Long and Good Night. This was Laura’s second impressive piece, as she was also the runner up in our fiction contest earlier this year. Our honorable mention went to Jessica Gavin for her story, Here and Now. Thank you to all who submitted!

Collab Opens Four Contests – Art AND Writing

Collab is excited to open four contests for submissions.

2015 Art Contest

The first is our annual art contest. Students are invited to submit their own original artwork – any medium, and any number of submissions – for consideration for our 2016 magazine. The top entry will be the cover image for our magazine, and the top remaining entries by a junior and a sophomore will be the covers of our annual British Literature and American Literature textbooks, respectively, next year. Please submit a digital image of the artwork to submit@bhscollab.com, or bring your work to Mr. Lally in room 316. The deadline is December 23, the day before Winter Vacation.

2015 Art Contest – Special Theme

For the first time this year, we are creating a special themed contest for our artists. Any work that reflects either on Personal Identity or Anti-Hatred (racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, etc) will be entered in a sub-contest. The winner will receive a prize and will be featured in our magazine. If you are submitting to this contest, please indicate so in your email to submit@bhscollab.com, or tell Mr. Lally when you bring him your work in room 316. The deadline is December 23, the day before Winter Vacation.

Fiction Contest

Write a story that either begins or ends with the line, “He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her” – the deadline is Friday, December 11.

Poetry Contest

Write a poem that uses no more than 140 characters (do not count the title, punctuation, or spaces). The deadline is Friday, December 11. 

Good Luck!

Congratulations, Rebekah Aran

Congratulations to senior Rebekah Aran, who won our 2015 short story contest with her entry, “Strictly Business,” an eerie and engaging tale. For her win, Rebekah has earned a free t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing, a company that makes excellent literary-themes shirts and merchandise.

Our runner up this year was sophomore Laura Harder for her story, The Long and Kind of Tedious Life of Natalie. This will be Laura’s first appearance in Collab. Congratulations to both!

2015 Poetry Contest Winners

Collab is excited to announce the winners of its 2015 Poetry Writing Contest. We had nearly over sixty entries, which is a huge number – more than we normally receive for our poetry contests. As always, the editors had a difficult time with selecting their top three, as this year’s entries had a much greater range than we can recall from years past. Among our final five poems were poems that were humorous, visually engaging, rich with wonderful imagery, clever, and thought-provoking. Many stood out for being particularly skilled in one way or another.

This year’s winners are…
In third place, with her poem, “Gossip” is senior Sarah Iler.
This year’s runner up is junior Crystal Curran for “Wanting Faith”
And our contest winner, earning her a $25 gift card to True North cafe is “A Letter to Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt” by junior Aysha Afzal
Congratulations Aysha, Crystal, and Sarah, and thank you to all who entered! Stay tuned for Aysha’s poem on this website!