Fragments Calls on Student Body for Submissions



Fragments Literary and Visual Arts Magazine may be Seattle University’s oldest club on campus, but for artistic members of the Seattle U community, Fragments captures a modern and unique voice and gives them a platform.

A pool of submissions via an online drop-box are edited down to create a physical literary and visual art journal released annually at the end of the academic year.

“[The editing process] is a very literal kind of peer review. The community speaks to itself—it’s an intensely local thing.” Grace Hoglund, sophomore English literature major and Fragments co-editor, said.

Last year’s issue was centered around the theme of humility, allowing submissions to reflect on the 125th anniversary of Seattle U, the idea of the mission statement, and current political upheavals.

“People really attracted to this idea of the magazine to become a platform for the community to critique itself,” Hoglund said.

Fragments is currently taking submissions for their 2018 issue.

“We are asking similar questions every year, and we’re getting different answers, and compiling those answers into an object,” Hoglund said.

This year’s theme is departure. Departure has political overtones, of physical dislocation and political radicalism, as well as more localized feelings of movement or transition. It is outlined in a statement on the Fragments submissions website: “from national and global changes, to individual lives, to challenging artistic standards, departure signifies a breaking point. Regardless of where you stand, the world is moving in a new direction.”


From the left, Aidan Avery, Grace Hoglund, and Wendy Tafur lead one of their weekly meetings for Fragments Literary Magazine.

The theme of departure can be thought of in a variety of ways, Hoglund says.

“This theme has scope. A lot of what we talked about when coming up with this theme was that this is a time of transition. Things were one way, and we are moving on to something new. It implies that things will be different in the future,” Hoglund said.