New Editors of the Sandy River Review Introduce their Vision

New Editors of the Sandy River Review Introduce their Vision

By Andrea Swiedom Contributing Writer

Dale Rappaneau and Emily Marquis, the two editors in charge of this year’s Sandy River Review, are on a mission to promote art and writing submissions from all UMF students for the 39th v

Dale Rappananeau and Emily Marquis are this year’s Sandy River Review Editors. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Swiedom)


   Creative Writing majors at UMF are often reminded by their professors to submit to The Sandy River, but there has been little to no outreach to promote submissions amongst the rest of the students on campus.

   The Sandy River Literary Journal was established in 1982 and is published once a year by two of UMF’s Creative Writing interns. Though the journal is overseen by Alice James Books, the interns have complete control over submissions.

   “We don’t just publish UMF work. Right now, we have submissions from Hawaii, one from the Netherlands and one from Arkansas,” said Rappaneau.

   Marquis expressed the desire for Sandy River editors to be more visible so that they can encourage all students, regardless of their major, to submit their work.  “That’s why we set up the table in the student center trying to get submissions from people who aren’t creative writing majors who still like to write,” said Marquis.

   Not only are the editors looking for a broader pool of UMF students to choose work from, but they are also hoping to see a diverse spread of genres.

   A genre the editors would like to see is one that explores the self. “We were talking about how maybe we would want to break [The Sandy River] into sections like, personal or family-wise or community-wise and break up the pieces according to that,” explained Marquis.

  Rappaneau expressed his desire to see more science-fiction and fantasy submissions. “I don’t think we could turn the magazine into strictly dystopian sci-fi all of a sudden,” said Rappaneau. He hopes his selection process for the journal will showcase genres that haven’t been represented in past anthologies.

   As long as the editors uphold The Sandy River’s tradition of showcasing contemporary writing, they have the freedom to design the journal however they want, within reason.

   The editors are also hoping to see a large variety of art mediums submitted to the journal this year.  “Previously they [former editors] would accept photography, art, mixed media. We would like to see a lot of illustrations in this anthology,” said Rappaneau.  

   Adding illustrations will help make this anthology stand out from past volumes, but so will the vision for the cover design.  The editors are holding a contest exclusively for UMF students to submit their art work for this volume’s cover.

  To make the submission process less nerve-wrecking, students can attend the Writer’s Guild, a writing club that meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Creative Writing House.   When attended regularly, the club is an ideal place to prepare pieces for submission.

   Annie Moloney, who is currently the Writing Guild President, initially had her work rejected for the The Sandy River, but she received a letter from the editor encouraging her to continue working on the piece and to re-submit it.  

   “I brought it to Guild and I had a really good workshop there,” said Moloney, “and I eventually kind of changed the format of it from a piece of flash fiction into a monologue which was my first experience writing dramatic work.” Moloney re-submitted her edited piece, “Until It Does,” and had it published in the 36th volume of the literary journal.

   The Sandy River is accepting art and writing submissions until Dec. 7 and the 39th volume will be published in May 2019.  Submission guidelines can be found online at


Sandy River Review To Unveil Annual Print Edition

Sandy River Review To Unveil Annual Print Edition

By Richard Southard Contributing Writer

The Sandy River Review, a literary journal put together by UMF students and Alice James Books, aims to publish its annual print edition on April 30. This year’s journal will contain works from 31 different contributors, and will mark the journal’s 35th year of publishing.

Alexandra Dupuis and Elayna Chamberlin, both senior Creative Writing majors, have been the print edition editors since the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. “We’re at the copy editing stage,” Dupuis said, “which is basically sending a copy to the other advisors and making sure the minor edits are done. It’s almost ready to print.”

   In addition to publishing a variety of literary and artistic works, the editors have also made an effort to add new elements to the journal. “We tried to make it more modern,” Chamberlin said. “We’ve placed some emphasis on scenery, which has been popular in different works around Maine.” This edition wi

The Sandy River Review is the on-campus literacy magazine. (Photo courtesy of Sandy River Review Facebook Page)

ll also be the first to have its own title, which will be “Blossom.”

   While the editing position has had some challenges, both of the editors have found the experience to be highly rewarding. “There’s a lot of self-promotion,” Chamberlin said. “We don’t sell the Sandy, so it’s important to keep very active with social media and advertising.”

   The position also requires the editors to become familiar with a variety of programs, such as InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress and all of Google’s web programs. While the project is complex, it is also large in its creative scope. “There’s a lot of creative freedom,” Dupuis said, “which is a lot more pressure than it may seem.”

   For Dupuis and Chamberlin, the most enjoyable parts of the position have been the physical aspects of it, such as deciding the order of the published pieces. “We printed all of them out and laid them on a table to decide the order,” Chamberlin said. “Anything that feels real has been great to see.”

   The editing positions place a great emphasis on teamwork, despite large amounts of independent work. Alicia Hynes, editorial assistant of Alice James Books, helps oversee the print edition and noted how complicated the process can be.

   “I would say that publishing has a lot of moving parts,” Hynes said. “There is a great deal to coordinate. Between contacting and communicating with authors to following your own deadlines to working with a printing house, it can be quite a balancing act!”

   As part of the journal’s release, the editors are aiming to host a launch party in the UMF Creative Writing house, where the first copies of the issue will be given out, and students published in the journal will have a chance to read their work in print.

   The journal will also be announcing a new contest for undergraduate students. “We’ve had a summer undergraduate writing contest in the past,” Dupuis said, “but this will be something completely separate.”