HJC will revive literary magazine

April 22, 1998

Hagerstown Junior College this fall will resume publication of a literary magazine, The Hedgeapple.

Professor Askold Skalsky, a published poet, is supervising the revival of the magazine, which hasn't been published in 15 years.

He told the HJC Board of Trustees Tuesday that he came up with the name "Hedgeapple" after looking out his window one day and seeing the large, wrinkled green fruit that is its namesake hanging from the Osage orange tree outside.

The trees and their unique fruit dot the campus.

Skalsky said he expects about 50 percent of the poetry, fiction and articles written for the publication to come from local submissions and the rest from writers across the country. He said he has received submissions from several faculty members and students at HJC.

The magazine will be a minimum of 90 pages and will include art, Skalsky said.

Still to be decided is how many copies will be published, where the magazine will be distributed, and what, if anything, it will cost, Skalsky said.


He said he is soliciting submissions through a major national literary magazine.

Cutoff date for submissions for the first issue is May 30, he said.

Money to pay for the annual magazine will come from the student activity fund, school officials said.

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