University literary magazine celebrates 25th anniversary of publication

By Kori Casey, Staff Writer

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Sigma Tau Delta English International Honor Society’s art and literary magazine, The Scarab.

The English department published The Scarab before Terry Phelps, Sigma Tau Delta sponsor and The Scarab’s adviser, tied the two together 25 years ago.

“All students are encouraged to submit some of their works to The Scarab,” Phelps said.

There are four categories in the anthology: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art, he said.

“The Scarab accepts art submissions in either black-and-white or full color,” Phelps said.

The staff is made up of members of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society and includes an editor-in-chief and assistant editors for each category.

“We want at least two people to agree on which works go into each category,” Phelps said.

The journal is a chance for artists and authors on campus to have their work published, a job which The Scarab’s staff takes pride in.

“I really enjoy working on The Scarab,” said Caitlin Swisher, English sophomore and editor-in-chief of The Scarab. “I appreciate writers who step out of their comfort zones and submit their work to us. And we love reading their pieces.”

In 2003, The Scarab won an award for the best literary anthology by the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, and the university’s chapter also will be recognized for its 25th year of publication, Phelps said.

“Some of our Scarab artists and writers have been published in several national literary journals,” Phelps said.

The Scarab will be available for purchase by early April and it is $5.

March 1 is the deadline to submit materials.

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