'Petroglyph' is USU's lens on humanity and nature
A bonding of man and nature, whether it be through words or through media of art such as photograph, paintings or drawings -- these are the forms of expression that make up the bi-annual magazine that is Petroglyph.
The next issue comes out in December (the fall issue's deadline for accepting submissions was Aug. 15). The spring issue's deadline for accepting submissions is Jan. 15, and it comes out in April. Petroglyph magazine accepts submissions from all over -- of poems, prose and artwork that have to deal with mankind's connection to nature or relationship to nature, said Petroglyph editor Shannon Bellam.
There are approximately 500 to 600 submissions from around the country, and sometimes even entries come from out of the country. Out of all those submissions, about 16 poems get published in the magazine, 20 pieces of artwork and one to two essays.
"The competition is tough," Bellam said. "Petroglyph is one of the few magazines dedicated to nature writings and magazines. For students interested in nature, Petroglyph is a specific venue to get published."
Along with the submissions that Petroglyph gets from all over the world, it also had the opportunity to publish some very good writers. Such writers are Terry Tempest Williams, William Stafford, Rick Bass and David Lee.
"Petroglyph gives Utah State the opportunity to get their name out there," said prose editor Sylva Miller. "It puts our name on the map."
The art section of Petroglyph is lacking in entries. In such cases, the Petroglyph staff might have to submit some of it own work, depending on which work is the best.
"We have world renown authors submitting their work to Petroglyph," said art editor Robb Kunz. "We can't get anyone to submit entries. I have even written personalized letters to the high schools in Cache Valley and have gotten no response. No one from the art department at Utah State has submitted anything."
Petroglyph magazine is funded by Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. It is funded with additional money that comes in from grants that the staff of Petroglyph applies for. There are also people who subscribe for the magazine from all over the world including subscriptions from Purdue, Cornell and several junior colleges.
Petroglyph is not only a benefit for authors and artists alike who want to get published in the nature writing genre but, for readers of the magazine as well.
"By being in touch with nature we would regain the ability to cohabitate with nature and do it in a systematic and good way," Kunz said. "I hope people will appreciate what we do as part of Petroglyph and become more involved by getting more submissions locally."