Copies of 2016 Collab are Selling Out

Haven’t bought your 2016 Collab yet? No problem – we still have some remaining. If you’d like to pick one up, you can bring $10 (cash or check) to Mr. Lally in the English hallway.

We also have copies for sale at True North in Burlington – stop by and get a muffin and a Collab while you are there.

And a reminder – once we sell out, we on’t reorder copies, and we have sold out four times in the last five years.

Thank you to all who supported Collab with your purchases on our recent Back to School Night, and to Neil Ford for his excellent work at the sales table.

2016 Collab Poetry Contest is NOW OPEN!

Collab wishes 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 to the submission box outside of room 312. 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 reduced price for a copy of the 2016-17 edition ($5 savings) and a pair of beverages at Starbucks.

The deadline is Thursday, September 29.

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!

Attention Writers: Read at Collab’s Open Mic Night on June 8th at True North

This Wednesday, June 8th, True North Cafe in Burlington will host an Open Mic Night to support Collab. All BHS writers (past and present) are invited to come read their original poems, stories, or personal essays. In the past, we’ve also had students read famous works by published authors, or recite poetry that they know by heart. We hope to have a good selection of pieces that we printed in our 2016 magazine, but the event is open to all students. The Open Mic will start at 6 PM, and we’ll go until we run out of things to say. Copies of the magazine will also be available for purchase there.

We hope to see you there!

Collab Volume 44 has Arrived!

The copies of our latest edition of Collab arrived today, and are available for purchase immediately. The cost is $10. We will have a table set up at lunch for the next few weeks, and you can also get a copy from Mr. Lally or from one of our head editors (Havanah Becker, Kavya Sebastian, Neil Ford, or Jillian Sullivan).

Collab has earned high acclaim in national competitions over the last three years, earning the top ranking in the ASPA competition last year, and the top award in the NCTE competition in 2013. The magazine features the best artwork, poetry, fiction, and prose created by BHS students. We hope you’ll consider picking one up!


Support Collab’s Annual Out Of Print Clothing Fundraiser

Volume 44 of Collab has gone to the printers and is due sometime in the next few weeks. Pre-Sales of the magazine will begin after vacation – see Mr. Lally, or stop by our sales table at lunch.

We are excited to announce that once again, Out of Print Clothing will be hosting a fundraiser to support Collab’s writing contests. Out of Print is an online company that specializes in t-shirts, tote bags, necklaces and other merchandise based on classic literature. From April 25th to May 9th, if you enter BURLINGTON as a coupon code, then 30% of all of your purchase will go to support Collab. 

Where to enter coupons_giftcards

Here’s a sample collection of their t-shirts, including some of their newer additions:



Be sure to check out their selection of baby gear, their necklaces, their tote bags, socks, etc. There’s a ton of great stuff on this page. If you are interested in purchasing something to support Collab, please wait until Monday, April 25, when our fundraiser becomes active. Thanks!

2016 Final Thoughts Winner – Painted White by Havanah Becker

Painted White
by Havanah Becker

I open the drawer of my white desk
in my white room in my white house,
which is one of many in my white town.
I am tired of being surrounded by such
blinding white.
I search in my dark drawer until I
pull out my secretly perfect palette,
that everyone tells me to clean,
smeared with colors bleeding
into each other.
I gaze at my white canvas, and when I
reach for the paint,
my finger becomes the brush,
and I, the canvas
to paint, to mark up,
and stain every perfect white thing
with my imperfections.

2016 Final Thoughts Winners

Collab wishes to announce the winners of the 2016 Final Thoughts Contest – in third place this year, for her essay titled Blink is Rebekah Aran. Our runner up in the contest, for her essay O Captain, My Captain is Lorraine Kanyike.

And our contest’s winner this year is Havanah Becker for her poem Painted White. Havanah has won a $40 Amazon gift card for her poem, and all three authors will be featured in the 2016 edition of Collab. Congratulations, and stay tuned for an update with the winning poem.