How We Choose

Wow, thanks so much to our incredible submitters! We received 48 poetry submissions, 160 visual art submissions, 5 non-fiction submissions, 10 fiction and 5 fashion. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

We’re now in the process of narrowing down which pieces will be published in the magazine. We hear students say all the time, “I submitted but didn’t get in the magazine, what’s up with that?”

While we would love to publish everyone’s works, unfortunately, we have a limited number of pages to work with. The process of elimination is not easy, and we definitely don’t take it lightly. Pieces are not arbitrarily chosen. A grading rubric is assigned to each piece, specific to its genre. Section editors go over every piece with the rubric and total up the final scores. The higher the rubric score, the more likely the piece is to be published. Section editors then discuss their choices with their section staff to see if the decision is unanimous. A list is compiled of published and unpublished work. A section editor will occasionally bring in a submitter to clarify meaning, edit grammar or help trim the piece down to fit.

The elimination process is not easy and none of our staff takes it lightly. If you don’t get chosen to be published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Circle, don’t worry. We’re going to showcase some of the unpublished works on the blog, so your work will still reach Auburn University!