Collab Featured on BCAT!

BCAT recently ran a story on Collab – what we do, and how you can get involved – and we wanted to share a link. Thanks to BCAT for putting this together! Enjoy!

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2017 Final Thoughts Winners

Collab wishes to announce the winners of the 2017 Final Thoughts Contest – in third place this year, for her poem titled Black & White is Melanie Sunnerberg. We have featured Ms. Sunnerberg’s artwork in our magazine before, but this will be the first time we’ve seen her written work. Our runner up in the contest, for her essay Loud Colors and Vibrant Voices is Sidra Afzal, whose work appeared in our 2016 edition, and whose poem Verbal Abuse earned our third-place prize in this year’s poetry contest. Ms. Sunnerberg and Ms. Afzal have won a $15 and a $15 discount, respectively, for either the yearbook or the prom.

And our contest’s winner this year is Laura Frustaci for her poem The Only Way to Stay Safe, which she also performed during the semifinals of this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Ms. Frustaci has won a $40 Amazon gift card for her poem, and all three authors will be featured in the 2017 edition of Collab. Congratulations, and stay tuned for an update with the winning poem.

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!

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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 lally@bpsk12.org

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 Frustaci 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.