“It’s our feminist journal,” said Kristy Hathaway, coordinator for the Associated Students Women’s Center in regards to Labyrinth, a yearly publication published by the Women’s Center.
Labyrinth, comprised of student submissions, is launched in February, and the AS Women’s Center is looking for submissions of art work, stories, memoirs, photos and any other kind of publishable expression that will convey this year’s theme and the overall mission statement of the journal.
This year’s theme for Labyrinth is “Bodies in Motion: Identity Expression to Perpetuate Momentum.” Chosen by Anna Ulmer, creative programming director for the AS Women’s Center and editor of this year’s issue of Labyrinth, which is a continuation of last year’s theme, “Beyond the Body,” Hathaway said.
Active since the 1970s, Labyrinth was started as a journal for women and by women, Ulmer said. The publication originally focused on empowerment and provided an opportunity for expression. But now, in 2012, the theme of the journal, which is different every year, has evolved into not just focusing on the empowerment and expression of women, but to ultimately explore the intersections of identity, Ulmer said. The interweaving of race, gender and sexuality stand as a newer part of Labyrinth that has widened the number of Western students able to contribute.
“I definitely feel like it has become more inclusive,” Hathaway added. “It’s not just about women or females – anyone can submit to it.”
Anyone can submit to the publication and any gender-identity can speak on any gender-identity issue, Ulmer explained. The magazine always tries to find an interesting balance of incorporating new view points, while remaining respectful to the initial reasons why the publication came to be decades ago.
“We’re trying to help Labyrinth grow, instead of trying to change Labyrinth,” Ulmer said.
Aside from the opportunity to share a perspective, opinion or personal experience in Labyrinth, students should submit work to be published because the journal celebrates creativity and allows others to see the talents of their peers. If someone is not an art student or do not write a lot, but do it a hobby, submitting something is a way to get involved and try something new, Hathaway said.
With that said, this year Ulmer has offered two deadlines for submissions. The first deadline, December 14, is a primary deadline for feedback. People who take advantage of this deadline will be able to receive feedback from Ulmer, as well as use her as a resource to help develop their pieces. This deadline is suggested to new submitters and those who may not be as confident in their submission, Ulmer said. The final deadline is Jan. 1 for all submissions.
All submissions will be emailed to: AS.WC.Creative.Programming@wwu.edu. If interested in submitting artwork, the following needs to be included in the email: name of piece, dimensions of the piece, a brief artist statement about how their piece relates to the theme and the medium of the piece. The only stipulation for artwork is that it needs to be able to fit in the Viking Union Gallery, Ulmer said.