Humid, SFA’s student- published undergraduate literary journal, is one of the many ways that creative writers and artists of all genres can experiment and showcase their work. Students can take advantage of this organization by submitting their work to Humid by Oct. 1. Published annually, Humid welcomes work from all walks of the art world, such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, one act plays and photography.
In the spring of 2009, Humid began its development under the supervision of a former SFA creative writing professor Daryl Farmer.
While the 13th issue will be released soon, Andrew Brininstool, creative writing professor and Humid’s current faculty adviser, recounts the events that led to Humid’s start.
“As far as I understand, students named Tyler Heath and Daryl Farmer were just talking about how we didn’t have a literary journal for undergraduates on campus,” Brininstool said. “They just said, ‘Let’s start one.’”
Brininstool expressed gratitude that Heath and Farmer started Humid. He is enthusiastic about its continuing, emphasizing that any art is welcome for the publication.
“I would say that the editorial staff [for Humid] is interested in just about any art,” Brininstool said. “The only [catch] is that you have to be a current undergraduate student at SFA to be published, but we’ll look at just about anything.”
Junior and senior students who are creative writing or English majors can also join a class to not only contribute to, but become an editorial staff member for Humid.
“The class would be English 460, and it’s called ‘Literary Publishing Internship,’” Brininstool said. “So, it’s technically an internship class, but we have a lot of fun.”
Although, students don’t need to worry if they’re close to graduating. There are other creative writing organizations that also contribute to Humid.
“The organization’s called ‘SubPlots: Friends of Creative Writing,’ and that’s open to anybody,” Brininstool said. “They sort of help Humid by getting the word out about it and getting the word out about the readings we have for those who are published in Humid, and we’re having a reading in the Spring.”
There is an enormous amount of exuberance shared by the Humid editors and contributors once each issue is put out, with some enthusiasts buying issues in bulk.
“Everyone’s happy to have been published in it,” Brininstool said. “I remember one year, a mom of one of the students who was published showed up, and she bought 100 copies of that magazine. People go anywhere from feeling overjoyed to feeling really overjoyed.”
SFA creative writing major alumnus Daniel Fansler from Bedford, Texas, expressed nothing but praise for the publication.
“It was the first journal I was ever published in, so having my work accepted and visible in print during my junior year of college was an awesome and encouraging experience,” Fansler said. “I also worked as an editor for Humid during my senior year, which gave me priceless insights of the basic levels of publishing. I brought that into play with my own book that will be released soon.”
Now an author of the upcoming book, “The Lost King,” Fansler said that his experience with Humid gave him the much-needed confidence that he needed to publish his own book.
“Ultimately, Humid was the encouragement and confirmation I needed to know that my writing was good enough to be seen by others, and that it wasn’t just me who thought so,” Fansler said. “I think that was what led me to feel confident enough to go with the self- publishing route I’ve taken for my first book.”
Hannah Wheeler, current writer for “Her Campus at SFA” and senior creative writing major from Flower Mound, seems to share the same sentiments.
“I was on staff for Humid 12, and it was an incredible experience,” Wheeler said. “Being able to work with people you’ve been in class with for years to put together a literary magazine isn’t something you get to do every day.”
Wheeler said that the experience could be overwhelming at times, but worth it overall.
“At first, as an editor, you’re just trying to decide how you want to do everything, like if there’s a theme to follow or what the submission guidelines will be,” Wheeler said. “But then, you get to start reading the submissions. We divided ourselves into groups—a group for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—so we could tackle everything at once. I was in the poetry group. I don’t remember how many poems we got, but I just remember that the pile [of poems] never seemed to shrink no matter how many times we went through it. It’s an interesting process.”
To submit work for the 13th issue of Humid, contact the team at email@example.com.
Students can submit up to 5,000 words in fiction or nonfiction and can submit up to five poems.