Wednesday, November 27, 2013

As We Near The End

As fall semester wraps up, so does the deadline to submit any work for the Chrysalis. We would like to take this time to wish everyone good luck on their finals (and faculty members good luck in grading them all) as well as a happy Thanksgiving for all. As Literary Editor, I'm very thankful for everything the Chrysalis has given me and only hope to see this publication grow further as the years go on. Ask me three months ago and I would've never said I would someday become an editor for any publication, much less one as big as the Chrysalis.

The Chrysalis has been around for three decades so far, which still astounds even us to this day, but we know it's all thanks to you. Whether you're an amateur writer/artist/photographer hoping to make a name for yourself or simply someone who loves doing any of that on the side, our success is directly attributable to you, our readers and our contributors. Don't be afraid to flood our emails last minute for a chance to be featured next year or even send us your work afterward for consideration in future Chrysalis publications. After all, who wouldn't like the chance to brag about being featured in a literary magazine?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Literary Fiesta

Saturday we spend the afternoon at the EPCC Literary Fiesta.  What a great time we had!  

We got to meet wonderful people, share Chrysalis, and just have a generally good time!

Plus, we had a blast Bartering for Bling and were showered with songs, dances, jokes, and riddles!

A Time For Introduction

Seeing that we at Chrysalis are starting on a new leg of our journey, it's time we all introduce ourselves! We already know about what Chrysalis is, but exactly who are we? Not to worry, here are our short and sweet introductions. 

Jonathan Pollmann
Literary/Prose Editor
EPCC Student
Hobbies: Gaming, Writing, Traveling, Sleeping for just fifteen more minutes 

My life can honestly be summarized mainly by my hobbies. I've always been into gaming since six years old and had a fascination with traveling the world with hopefully someone special one day. I'd say I learned about my love for writing around middle school when I'd jump at the chance for any kind of writing assignments, including essays, which everyone dreaded (Yes, I was that guy haha). From there it snowballed to writing on my own, joining literary websites, and now this! I hope to become a freelance writer myself for video games because games + writing = what more could you possibly want?!

Cristina Nunez
Poetry/Art Editor

Ricardo Olague
Submissions Coordinator
EPCC Student
Hobbies: Video Games, My Imagination, Board & Card Games, Social Activities.

I guess the best way to describe myself is that I am a child at heart and I doubt that's going to change. When I daydream It mostly revolves around me saving the city from monsters and supervillains or having magic...I really like magic. I am currently learning how to draw and how to put a story together. One day I would like to have a book published  and have it turned into video games, movies and a TV series (with me overseeing the projects of course). I would like to end it by saying "that is me in a nut shell" but I think I've only scratched the surface. If you really want to know me, come and talk to me. I like making new friends.
Kelli Wood
Faculty Advisor
Hobbies:  Quilting, reading, tending the chickens, spoiling the dogs, and staring at the stars. 

I've been teaching English for over a decade now, and I can't figure out where time has gone, but I know that it is sprinkled with moments of sheer joy and pleasure gleaned from student essays and works that continually impresses me.  Reading student works to the extent I do leaves little time for my own works--something I often lament, but being able to help someone find just the right mode of expression and polish it with clarity and grace is an amazing reward.  When I am able to sneak those moments for myself, my writing take on a very focused inspection of the inner life.  What do we do with those inner spaces, and how does that translate into both our awkward and graceful moments in this life?  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Emerging Genre: Graphic Novels

This year we want to expand our pallet by accepting graphic novel shorts.  The emergence of graphic novels as an art form has added another layer to the voice of literature and art.  As with a chrysalis, this emergence offers countless possibilities.   We are looking for artists and writers in this genre to accept our challenge and look forward to reviewing your work. 

Graphic novel submissions should be no longer than 2-6 page layouts.  Our journal is published in a 6 x 9 inch format, so keep those dimensions in mind for readability.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

A New Year, A New Chrysalis Journey

After a number of years, Tony Procell has stepped down as Faculty Advisor for Chrysalis.  His dedication to Chrysalis, like those before him was inspiring, and I can only hope to come close to the superb job that Tony and his predecessors have done.  

Last year, Chrysalis was the recipient of a number of awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association:

  • Sweepstakes Award
    • Overall Excellence in a Literary Magazine
  • First Place
    • Cover Design
  • Second Place
    • Literary Magazine Essay to Noah Smart (2 awards)
  • Honorable Mention
    • Literary Magazine Illustration: Ernesto Hernandez (2 awards)
    • Literary Magazine Story Package to Ana Deleon and Victoria Arrellano

As we begin our work with the basics of setting up our office and planning for the 2014 Chrysalis, we are both invigorated and excited.  We look forward to the surprise and joy that reading submissions will provide.  

Consider sharing your work with us.  We accept short stories, selections from novels, essays, drama, and screenplays up to 2,500 words, poetry, and works of visual art--both photography and artwork.  All text should be saved in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.  All visual works should 300 dpi;  black & white preferred and/or high contrast.  

Send your submissions to Include your name, the submission category, the title of your work, a working phone number, your email address, and a short one or two line biography (20-50 words).

--Kelli Wood, Faculty Advisor