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.

2016 Art Contest Winners

Top Entry – Cover Image for Collab Volume 44 – Art by Stephanie O’Neill


Top Entry from a Junior – Cover image for 2016-17 British Literature Textbook – Art by Emily Sateriale


Top Entry from a Sophomore – Cover Image for 2016-17 American Literature Textbook – Art by Laura BarreraFarm


Themed Contest Winner – Anti-Hatred – Art by Sophia Lupo

AAA-pocketwatchThemed Contest Winner – Personal Identity – Art by Jillian Sullivan


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.