Voices, a Student Literary Publication: 2020 edition

Welcome to the homepage of Voices, a district-produced student literary publication. Our goal in creating Voices is to provide an exciting and meaningful outlet for students of all ages to create and share personal written work or piece of visual art. Voices wasn't published in 2019, but will return in 2020 despite the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are links to previous editions that were mailed to all households in our school district. We are excited and proud to have this opportunity to feature the extraordinary work and compelling perspectives of our students!

The theme of the 2020 edition is CHANGE. Change is all around us, and as a concept, it can be applied to countless topics and ideas. We’re looking for student writing (poetry, prose, short essays, no longer than 300 words) and artwork (paintings, drawings, photography, digital, 2D, photos of 3D, etc.) to publish in July along with the summer issue of 623 Today. Pieces that aren’t selected for print publication may be included online, so we’re encouraging wide participation across the district, from preschool to 12th grade.

Students should submit their entries using our Google form. All submissions must be received by the end of the day, May 15, 2020.

  • Teachers may submit written work on behalf of their students OR students can submit their own work.
  • Each submission MUST include the student’s first and last name, school, grade level, a teacher’s name (for confirmation), and a short title. If information is missing we will be unable to publish that particular piece.
  • We welcome all types of writing – essays, poems, lyrics, tall tales, letters and more.
  • We have limited space so as much as we would love to we cannot guarantee publication. We reserve the right to select writing and artwork based on our desire to represent the wide range of student voices and experiences in our school community.
  • Also due to limited space, shorter writing samples are preferred. Shorter means no more than 300 words.
  • As this publication goes out to all households in our community and represents our school district, we ask that those submitting written works be aware that we have all ages of community members reading the publication – from young children to older adults and everyone in between. If we are concerned about particular content, we will connect with the writer or artist to discuss alternative language. 

You may start submitting your work now or urge students to do so. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.

Please email us at voices@isd623.org if you have any questions. We are excited and proud to have this opportunity to feature the extraordinary work and compelling perspectives of our students!