Good evening pop pickers. We had around 800 individual submissions for this year’s Mays Anthology, which is simply astonishing, and may have ruined my chances of successfully submitting my MPhil thesis on time. More important than this however, is the astounding breadth, feeling and skill displayed across this panoply of work. Catriona and I decided from the very beginning that we would like to showcase everything that Oxbridge has to offer. Rather than being the stuffed up drawly place it once was, Oxford and Cambridge are small but mighty towns, where one can walk into any coffee shop and sit beside a Peruvian archaeologist and a Glaswegian medic, each with their own unique stories to tell, and think nothing of it. Thankfully, the work our guest editors have selected represents just how diverse and fascinating the tales of those studying and pretending to study (hello!) here are. I’m going to place the final contents pages up around a week from now, and I’d appreciate if you could spread the word to anyone else you know who has submitted work. Quite frankly, the prospect of sending hundreds of emails terrifies me (and my supervisor). I’m sorry to have to do the exam-results-on-the-notice-board thing, but needs must. Best of luck to you who entered, and tell your friends. This year’s Mays is undoubtedly the best yet.
“Each year THE MAYS invites one, two or three guest editors to select the very best entries from the work submitted to us. This year, we have three stunningly fresh and exciting editors to suit our fresh and exciting poets, writers and visual artists. They are making their way through our shortlist as you read this, but to keep you interested before the June release date (MAY WEEK), we’re going to reveal this year’s editors every three days. First up, visual arts.”—
“NOTE TIME CHANGE: Come to the screening of our cineMAYS mobile phone short film competition winners, NEXT Sunday (13 March) at Christ’s Films, 9.30, followed by Nowhere Boy. The event has been delayed a week due to naughty distributors failing to deliver their films to Christ’s. Naughty.”—Facebook event.
Hello you. Welcome to the new website for the Mays XiX. Take a look around, make yourself comfortable - oh, and while you’re here, how about signing up to our mailing list, joining the facebook group and following us on twitter?
We’re gearing up to deliver the best anthology yet, full of the rawest, freshest and most exciting poetry, prose and visual arts. First things first though.
We are looking for students to help us select the best work to be published next year. If you’re interested joining one of our editorial committees (poetry, prose, arts), please apply by January 30th, 2011.
We are also looking for people to help with events and marketing throughout Lent and leading up to release day. There’ll be opportunities to help run readings, organise workshops, curate an exhibition and manage a film competition - as well as helping to raise funds and help with distribution for this year’s anthology. If any of this appeals to you, please apply by January 9th, 2011.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details, areas you’d like to be involved in, telling us why and any relevant experience you might have. We’d love to hear from you!