Glassworks editors mentor local youth on submitting their work to and interning at a literary magazine.
Glassworks magazine is founded on the aesthetic narrative and metaphor of Glassboro's fascinating glassworking industry, embracing the primacy of artistry, a deep pride in individual craftsmanship, and the willingness to explore and test conventional boundaries. So when we decided to create these special community-outreach issues, we extended the metaphor once again and decided to take on “apprentices” for our magazine.
During our Apprentice Workshops, young authors from area high schools and nonprofit organizations are coupled with our editors and introduced to the workmanship of editing and publishing. Apprentices approach the magazine from both an author’s and editor’s perspective. Authors are guided through cover letters, bios, author contracts, manuscript revision, and submissions. The work they submit is the work you see in our Apprentice issues. They also try their hand at negotiating our submission manager software, reading through submissions, and casting their own votes. In this way, these apprentices became published authors and magazine editors all at once. It is our hope that these young authors will go on to continue publishing their work, as well as consider the editing and publishing industry as they go on to choose their own craft.