Agora is Belmont Abbey College’s student literary magazine, published yearly during spring semester. A call for submissions of poetry, short fiction, graphic art, and photography goes out yearly to the entire Belmont Abbey community and a student board of editors decides what works will be published. Prizes are also awarded for the best submission in the categories of written work (poetry and stories) and art (graphic art and photography). The winners are determined by Agora’s student editors.
Over the school year, the Agora staff also holds several “Poetry, Song, and Story Evenings” open to the entire Belmont Abbey community to come and share favorite or original poems, stories, and songs. These gatherings are open to all in the college community who would like to come as audience or as sharers, and while we try to work up a loose schedule, the mike is open. Students who would like to participate in any aspect of Agora should contact:
Dr. Rebecca Munro
The Award-Winning Agora
Our Agora literary and art journal is submitted to the North Carolina College Media Association each fall to be entered into statewide college media contests. Agora is judged among other literary journals submitted by North Carolina colleges and universities of 6500 and fewer students. We have been submitting to the contest since 2010. Since that time, we have won many awards: first prizes for poetry and fiction, third place for best of show, and many honorable mentions.
In 2014, we made quite a splash: we came in third for the overall quality of our journal, and we were awarded first place for fiction, second place for poetry, and second place for photography.
Here are our winner names and titles of the works:
“The Lamp of the Body” by Brother George Rumley: first prize for fiction
“Vision” by Richard Wilson: second prize for poetry
“The Swan of Lake Luzern” by Emily Colker: second prize for photography
Click here to view a pdf list of prizes awarded by the North Carolina College Media Association in 2014.
Submissions are accepted annually during the Fall semester.
All members of the BAC community are encourage to submit entries.
We accept submissions of:
- Short Fiction
- Graphic Art
Submissions may be sent as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Agora Staff
Do you want to be a part of something great? Do you want to be a part of creating art? Do you want to be a part of the artistic pulse of Belmont Abbey College? Then the Agora team is right for you!
Involvement in Agora is pedagogically rich: students organize and host events, taking responsibility for setting up and cleaning up afterwards. Students learn oral skills and gain self-confidence in self-presentation: serving as MC’s for events, reading works of poetry, fiction, and non-literary works aloud and doing so well, and performing musical pieces publicly. Students read all submissions, meet twice a week over several weeks to discuss and analyze each one, evaluate all submissions for awards and possible publication, edit selected works for grammar and usage, plan layout, consider and evaluate works of art and photography for publication, select a cover design, and work closely with the faculty advisor and the copy-editor for final editing as we near publication—all within a limited amount of time to finish by a strict deadline. Students also respond to submitters, file and organize submissions, and learn to take and maintain a professional stance in how they represent the artistic and literary standards Agora seeks to promote and hold. Agora also exemplifies our Benedictine hallmark of “community” as it is non-exclusive: Students involved work alongside students from across the classes—freshman to senior—and across the disciplines. They also have a lot of fun.
To learn more about us, come see us at the Crusader Involvement Fair, attend one of our events, or contact us at email@example.com.
A special thanks to our submitters and to Renae Heustess for her design editing!