Collab Recognized at Top Lit Mag in Massachusetts

The results from the NCTE competition for Excellence in Student Literary Magazines posted this week, and Collab once again finds itself honored to be rated the top literary magazine in Massachusetts. The 2016 edition of Collab earned a rating of Superior, and was recommended for the contest’s Highest Award. Only one other magazine in the state, and only six magazines in all of New England earned this recommendation. This year, only one New England magazine received the contest’s Highest Award.

This marks the third time in four years that Collab has made it to the final round of judging in this national contest. From 2013-2016, no other high school magazine has earned this ranking more than once.

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


Collab Wins Top Award in National Contest

The results of the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association awards for high school literary magazines came out today, and Collab is thrilled to announce that they have received the top award in this contest for the first time in its history. This year’s judges gave Collab the award for Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine, which only went to the top 13 magazines in the country this year! There were no other magazines in all of New England to receive this honor. This particular prize measures the strength of the artistic and literary content of the magazine, as well as the magazine’s professional layout. We are very excited to have been given this recognition! Congratulations to the editing staff, the writers, and the artists who helped make this happen. screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-11-26-00-am

The 2017 Final Thoughts Contest is now OPEN!

The 2017 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

There is no restriction on the number of submissions a student may submit, and the deadline for submissions is January 26, 2017. After January 26, we will not be accepting any further submissions for our 2016 magazine.

Good luck, seniors!

Congratulations to Laura Frustaci (Class of ’17) and Tatiana Hawkins (’19) for winning our themed writing contest

We are excited to announce the winners of our fall writing contest in which we asked BHS students to write an original story, poem, or essay about the themes of either Passion or Rage. The winners of this year’s contest both cleverly wove together strands of both themes into powerful original works. Our winners this year are Laura Frusta for her short story Red Roses and Tatiana Hawkins for her poem Stuff. Both writers will receive a $10 gift card to Bedford Farms, and will be featured in our 2017 edition of the magazine. Congratulations, Laura and Tatiana!

Congratulations to Marin Campbell (Class of ’17) for winning the 2016 Fiction Contest!

Collab wishes to congratulate senior Marin Campbell for winning our 2016 fiction contest with her short story titles “Home”. This piece stood out from the large number of submissions that we received, and it will be published in our 2017 magazine. Campbell also won a free t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing for her story. Congrats, Marin!

Congratulations also to senior Yaju Tuladhar for earning second place for her clever story, “Cake” – Yaju won the same contest as a sophomore, and we were excited to read her work once again.

Congratulations to both, and thank you to all who entered the contest.

New Collab Writing Contest: The Love and the Hate

Collab would like to announce the opening of its latest writing contest – we have TWO writing prompts, and you can respond to either (OR BOTH!) The top two entries will receive excellent prizes.

Students should submit any story, poem, or essay that responds to the themes of either PASSION or RAGE. This could be a story about a character who is passionate about someone or something, an essay (college essay perhaps?) writing about a lifelong love, a poem (hey, maybe a slam poem…) about something that makes you angry, etc etc.

We are accepting submissions in any writing style. Students may submit any number of entries, and can submit to both themes if they wish. The prizes will go to the best two entries, regardless of the theme (i.e. this is one contest with two winners, not two individual contests).

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, NOVEMBER 30.

Ama Asamoah (Class of ’17) wins the 2016 Collab Poetry Contest

Senior Ama Asamoah took first place in our annual poetry contest this year and earned a $25 gift card to True North in Burlington. This will mark her first entry into our literary magazine, and the editors were very impressed with her poem, titled Neglect, Regret, and Reflect on the Black Roots. You can read her winning poem on this webpage. Congratulations, Ama!

Our runner-up this year was Benny Grubner for his poem titled Who’s Hatin’ Now? Benny, also a senior, will be making his Collab debut with this poem, although he was also recognized for his writing last year in the Scholastic Writing Awards.

Our third-place winner was Sidra Afzal for her poem Verbal Abuse. This marks Sidra’s second-straight year being published in our magazine.

Congratulations to all three finalists, and thank you to all who entered!