Polaris Magazine

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Ohio Northern University's Magazine of Literature and Art

2020-2021 Call for Submissions!

Hello everyone! Are you interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or the visual arts? Think about submitting to us! Polaris Literary Magazine is currently open for 2020-2021 submissions. If you’re an undergraduate looking to get published, visit our website at polaris.onu.edu and send us your submissions!

Polaris Haiku Contest - Starts TODAY!

Ohio Northern University’s haiku competition begins today! Visit our Facebook page (link below) to post your own haiku - PRIZES AVAILABLE (including Viva Maria’s gift card and and Polaris tote bag with a copy of the magazine).


Two winners - One prize each

Submissions can only be from Ohio Northern students (sorry - for prize purposes!)

SUBMISSION DATES: Tuesday December 1 - Tuesday December 15 (of 2015)

Good luck and submit away!

Polaris Haiku Competition

ONU Polaris’ other social media outlets (Twitter and Facebook) will be hosting separate Haiku competitions this year, so keep an eye out for updates on those in the next couple of weeks!

**Disclaimer: It is likely this competition will only be open to Ohio Northern students**

Polaris Scary Rapid Fire Reading!

Don’t forget - Polaris Magazine is hosting the Scary Rapid Fire Reading this year at ONU on October 28, 2015. Held in ONU’s Elzay gallery, this year’s reading will feature a costume contest! Dress up in your best Halloween garb and bring your favorite Halloween themed pieces to read. It could be poetry, a short story...anything frightening to fit the season! Refreshments will be provided by Polaris staff.

Writing Prompt - Group Effort

For this week’s writing prompt you are encouraged to make it a partner project: get together with a friend, fellow student, or significant other and give this one a try:

With a partner, spend a few minutes “people watching” in a public place. Pick a person you see and write a detailed physical description of that person. Then write a quick “backstory” about that person—i.e., a quick synopsis of their background, their personal and professional lives, etc., and then imagine an interesting situation that person might find themselves in. Meanwhile, your partner should do the same for a different person. When you’re done, exchange either the physical descriptions or the backstories and then write a scene or a short story using the elements that you now have. Does your perception of how you might expect a character to behave change as a result of the change in the character’s physical appearance and dress?

Writing Prompts - Week 3

Presenting the third week of writing prompts/inspiration from ONU’s Polaris Magazine:

Think of a situation in which a long-held fear or anxiety that you have comes true (this should be a situation which could, but has not yet happened). Now, using the third-person mode of narration, write a scene—or a very short story—describing a fictional version of yourself dealing with the situation.

Writing Prompt - Week 2

And now for another week of writing/artistic inspiration, brought to you by Polaris Magazine:

The Humor Apocalypse. Heinrich Heine said, “Holland is always fifty years behind the times, so if I hear the world is about to end, I’ll go to Holland.” Write a comedy about the end of the world. 666 words.

Work Trumps Talent...

When talent does not work hard.

We’ve all heard this before, but we often don’t understand that we all have untapped talent that can only be brought about by work. Even the most naturally gifted artist in the world cannot shine until they have polished their skill.

“To be an artist one must possess many gifts—absolute gifts—which have been acquired by one’s own effort.”  Kate Chopin

This Kate Chopin quote illuminates this point, perhaps better than the more familiar quote I used in the beginning. We often look at great artists and writers as “gifted” individuals. Perhaps many of them are/were, but we would not know Mozart as he is today if he had been frustrated by trials and failures, if he hadn’t decided to start practicing and composing young. We can’t be afraid of failure and work, but acknowledge them as friends; overcoming difficulty is perhaps the truest path to achieving greatness.

Writing Prompts - Week 1

Hello Polaris followers!

Today marks the beginning of a weekly writing prompt we will be providing for anyone who needs inspiration for the fast approaching nanowrimo, ideas for their submission to Polaris ;) , something to get them out of their writer’s block, or just a fresh idea to work with. 

Without further ado!

Borges and I. Choose a character from a story you have written or are in the process of writing, then write a scene in which that character interacts with you, the author. One way to approach this exercise is to write with the assumption that the character understands that you, as the author, “created” him or her and are responsible for the things that happened to them in the course of the story; another is to write as though the character does not know these things and is simply interacting with the author as just another person that he or she has met.