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The Wire Harp is an instruction-related club which produces the annual creative
arts publication of SFCC. It features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography,
fine art, and graphic art contributed primarily by SFCC students, but also faculty,
staff, alumni, and visiting writers. While SFCC has always produced a magazine,
for the past 19 years its been named The Wire Harp. The magazine enjoys an excellent
reputation, and is distributed to all colleges and libraries in the state as well
as institutions and private individuals in the extended west. The magazine has won
several statewide and one national award for excellence. Funded by Associated Students
of SFCC, it is distributed free of charge.
What is its purpose?
As an instruction-related club, it is designed to give students the opportunity
to learn how to put a magazine together, from the earliest stages of assembling
a staff and getting the word out, to soliciting submissions, devising a system for
evaluating the quality of the submissions, and preparing the chosen pieces for publication.
Most importantly, it provides our students with an outlet for their creative endeavors
and fosters pride in the fruits of their year-long efforts.
Who works on it?
Anyone who is interested in it. and is prepared to commit him or herself to the
task for a full school year. Experience is desired but not necessary. The most important
quality is dependability. There are many different tasks involved in putting a magazine
together, and we try to find a niche for everyone involved. Once we know who is
interested, we will arrange weekly meetings that fit everyone's schedule. The strongest
possibility is Wednesdays at 11:30 (since this time is set aside for special events)
or Friday afternoons, as most people have no classes at that time.
How much time will be involved?
Besides 60 - 90 minute weekly meetings, you will be expected to help in getting
the word out (hanging up posters, etc.) and whatever special tasks need attention.
Fall quarter usually focuses on advertising and on training staff (developing guidelines
and standards, planning events, etc.) With an early Winter quarter deadline, Winter
quarter is usually the busiest time (reading and selecting submissions; preparing
How do I get on the staff?
Contact one of the advisors. Currently, there are 3 advisors:
Graphic Arts Advisor
How do I submit writing, art, or photography?
Sometime in the fall quarter, you will see posters hung around campus announcing
that the Wire Harp is accepting submissions. Additionally, submission guidelines
for literary works can be found in several locations in Bldg 5: in the Communications
Dept office, in a folder tacked to a bulletin board, and near Connie Wasem's office
(5126). Follow these guidelines for formatting your poems and stories. The deadline
for submissions is near the beginning of winter quarter.
PDF submission form
All submissions must have your name, address, phone number, and email on them. (Without
this information, we will not be able to contact you if your work is accepted or
rejected). We do not accept anonymous submissions, nor any piece that has been previously
To submit in person
Submit literary works to the Communications Department (Bldg. 5, Room 119)
Submit art and photography to Graphic Arts Department (Bldg. 19, Room 216)
To submit by mail
Manuscripts, accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope, should be addressed
The Wire Harp
Spokane Falls Community College
Communications MS 3050
3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99204-5288
What do I get out of this?
A variety of personal and professional benefits: you work as a team player with
people who are also interested in creative work; you learn responsibility and the
art of discussion and compromise; and you get the insider's view of the inner workings
of a creative magazine from accepting submissions to selecting the best work to
go to press.