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Introducing… Excelsior’s Bookshelf!

May 17, 2024

Excelsior’s writing club, the “Inklings of Excelsior,” is excited to present their first-ever literary magazine, called Excelsior’s Bookshelf!  

Members of the club have worked tirelessly to make the idea of showcasing creative student writing a reality. They chose a name for the magazine; designed and named the magazine mascot (Inky); volunteered as editors, designers, and judges; and decided what types of works to include and how to format the magazine.

Club members submitted their own work, but desiring to involve the entire Excelsior Classes community, they chose to solicit submissions from students outside the club as well. Once all submissions were received, club members participated in a blind judging process to choose the works that would be included in the magazine.

Once the judging process was finished, teams of students proofread each accepted submission and created a visually stunning layout to spotlight each piece. Undertaking a project like this for the first time is challenging, but committed club members made it happen and hope Excelsior’s Bookshelf will be an annual publication.

All works published in the magazine—including short stories, poetry, essays, six-word memoirs, illustrations, serialized fiction, and book reviews—are original works by students of Excelsior Classes. Students retain full rights to their work, which may not be reproduced without their permission. Contact club advisor with questions.

While the club’s goal is to share quality, family-friendly, God-honoring writing, some themes might not be appropriate for all ages. Parents should, of course, determine what is appropriate for their own families.

The writing club provides members with a supportive writing community. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to write, share work, learn new techniques, play games, hear from professional authors, and build friendships. Students who are interested in joining the writing club for the 2024-25 school year can learn more HERE.

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the author and should not be taken to represent the views of Excelsior Classes, LLC or the consortium of teachers.