Jan 27, 2012

We're going green! Important spring updates

Thomas Hunter 212. Join us.
This semester we have many new and exciting things lined up for you! First of all, we're transitioning from hard-copy to online submissions. That means no paper! Forget your CDs and floppy disks! What year are we in?! Not only are we saving ourselves the headache of pointless data-entry, but we're streamlining the entire production process.

Students can submit entries and contracts online that will be screened by the managing editor (me). If there are guideline issues you'll be contacted. If there aren't, they'll be assigned to the editors account which is set to the highest blind level, so the only thing they can view is what you write in the content section or the image you submit. You also don't have to be in school to submit (especially if you're trying to beat the deadline). Working online reduces our paper trail, so you'll be notified about your submission status more quickly than in the past.

Editors don't have to depend on our office hours to edit, because they can edit from any computer at anytime by signing into the shared editors account. Our office is almost always open, so anyone is welcomed to come and chill or use our computers to edit! Meetings will still be held in person.

If you want to actually see the online submission manager, take a look at this (update: editors now use Dropbox to view your files. Submittable will be used to view submission only during the editorial meetings):

Appears best in HD and full-screen!

Deadline is scheduled for April 15 (no extended date this semester!)

We have some exciting events brewing up at the Olivetree such as art film screenings, more art and writing workshops, our semesterly open mic, and our first ever issue release party. We'll be purchasing a lot of empanadas this semester. Also, there'll be regular club meeting time is every Wednesday 1-3pm. Contests details are coming soon too! Check out or add our Google calender.

And finally, don't overlook our new online publication. A few months ago I discovered a free self-publishing online website called Issuu and decided to integrate it into the OTR production cycle. I hope you enjoy it and will share it with your friends and families who live outside of NY and abroad. That's the magic of the Internet.

Keep checkin` in,