From the editor’s note to the blank journal pages in the middle, everything about Volume 21 encourages inspiration and community. Just like we are here, Editor Yodit Gidey looked back on where Metrosphere came from and how it started, and connected that to where it is today. When I read it, I was surprised to see that the idea for a school magazine came from a creative writing workshop back in 1983. They only put out a small Christmas sampler, but they had no idea how it would grow.
Even after publication, Volume 21 was meant to keep on growing. Right in the middle, from pages 58-64, there are blank pages just for the reader to fill up. The Editor’s caption says, “If you’re feeling our vibes, the following pages are for YOU to express yourselves! Please consider submitting your pieces to the next Metrosphere.” It’s just so warm and inviting, and creates that sense of longevity and creative discussion that I think the original creative writing workshop students would have admired. With Volume 31, we also want to inspire that same vibe: communal, inspirational, and as always, celebratory of the creative process.
That being said, we’re now officially accepting submissions! Just follow the prompts on the “Submit Your Work” section of the main page. We’ve got a soft deadline set for December 31st, so get inspired and get working! We can’t wait to see what you create.