Cedric Quintana, from Cortez, has been named editor of the 46th edition of Chinook.

LA JUNTA — Cedric Quintana, from Cortez, has been named editor of the 46th edition of Chinook. Chinook is a literary publication highlighting student and community writing and art, published annually at Otero Junior College. Quintana is currently working on an Associate of Arts degree. He is unsure of his plans after graduation at this time.

The theme for this year’s edition is "If You Spend Your Whole Life Being Someone Else, Who’s Going to be You?" This theme came to Quintana while watching a movie this summer.

“I saw this movie called 'Handsome Devil,'" explained Quintana. “It’s about this kid who doesn’t fit in. One day he meets someone who finally makes him feel like he fits in and I feel like that’s what students and people in general go through every day. It’s a struggle to do what’s best for you and fit in at the same time. Other people may want to be you or be like you, but only you can truly be you.”

Submissions for the 2018 Chinook can include poetry, essays, short stories and artwork. Quintana encourages potential contributors to express their creativity, take a chance and get their creative works out there.

“Pieces should reflect what strengthens you, gives you hope, or teaches you never to give up,” said Quintana

The literary magazine Chinook enters its 46th year in the Arkansas Valley with this edition. Chinook, meaning warm wind, was introduced to the Otero Junior College campus by veteran professor, Dr. Tim Walsh who sponsored the publication for roughly 25 years.

Over the years, it has supported hundreds of writers' voices through poetry, essays, short stories, and artwork. Submissions in each year's addition are not only from the La Junta area, but also from surrounding schools, businesses and community members.

Any form of original creative writing or art may be submitted, including poetry (24 lines or less), short stories and essays (1,500 words or less), and two dimensional art work. All submissions must be original and not previously published. Written works should be submitted in Microsoft Word.

The magazine is printed in color and offers a vivid showcase for artwork such as oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil sketch, graphic design and photography. Visual arts pieces of work must be scanned and submitted as large, high-quality image in JPEG format.

Please include your name, address, email address, telephone number, OJC instructor or school (if not OJC), and a title for each work. Items without a title will not be considered.


All writing and art submissions must be received by Feb. 14, 2018, at midnight; no exceptions.

Email submissions can be sent to chinooksubmissions@gmail.com. In the email, include the title of the work and the first and last name, mailing address, phone number and email address of the contributor. Contributors who do not have email or internet access, may mail submissions to: Otero Junior College, c/o Christina Stork, Humanities Center, Room 108, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO 81050.

For more information, call Christina Stork at 384-6847, or visit the website at: http://www.ojcchinook.com/. A reception to thank and feature all the contributors will be held after publication.