Around half the emails I get are from people wanting to do the Cookin’ Up Love blind date. That’s cool, but seriously, guys, you can do a whole lot of great things for Critic that don’t involve ogling a stranger over a table.
We’re a quarter of the way through the year. Thank you to all our volunteer reporters, reviewers, columnists, artists, and photographers. We love you. Don’t leave us.
Things got a bit wacky in Critic this week. Have a look. We hope you enjoy it. We want things to get more fucky for the rest of the year.
We’re mixing things up and have a bunch of new areas for you to contribute to. We’re doing full-colour printing, which means we get to have colour centre-folds of artwork. Imagine seeing your artwork in the hands of everyone who’s anyone on campus, and you’ve just imagined the glory of having your art as the pull-out poster for Critic. Form an orderly line at your nearest computer and email your pics to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in hearing people’s stories, have some concerns about the world, or want to investigate something you are passionate about, you should write us a feature article. They’re challenging but absolutely worth it – you get to work with our editorial team, and see your work illustrated and laid out by our designers. We are also interested in photo essays and graphic features. If you want to help with the features but are more into drawing and spooked by other people, we can set you up with a piece of writing to illustrate.
If fiction is your thing, we have a weekly horror column where you can share your worst nightmares with the whole of Dunedin. They can be as gross and gruesome as you like—we’re not squeamish, we love it. We live for it. We also take short stories of other genres.
If you are good at art and words, we have a cartoon section that needs some variety. Actually, we don’t care if you can’t draw. That makes it funnier.
Our treasure, Brandon the Game reviewer, is leaving us, so we need another one of them.
For the Beats, the Slammers, the Concreters, Haikusers, Limerickians, Sonnetians, the Epic Heroes and even a couple of Couplets, we have a brand new place to free your verse at Poetry Corner.
We always want to hear from you about your concerns, whether it’s about something you read in Critic—something you think we’ve messed up, what you liked, what we should do next time—or just something you want to get off your chest about the world in general. Write us a fricken’ letter! You could win a book voucher. If you want a tricky question answered, you’ll get both good and evil advice from Ethel and Hyde.
AND if you have any suggestions for us to make Critic even better, come and visit us in the office (we’re always here) or email email@example.com. Please email me.