A Near Miss is dedicated to presenting the work of young writers and artists from high schools throughout the Upstate area. A Near Miss is edited and published by the Department of Languages, Literature and Composition and is made possible by the generosity of the USC Upstate Foundation.
**We regret to inform you that publication of Maggie's Drawers and A Near Miss has been suspended for the 2008-2009 academic year. Please return to the site next year for submission information.**
A Near Miss, a literary magazine featuring the creative work of high school students from schools across the upstate, was published in the spring of 2000. Produced by the division of Fine Arts, Languages, and Literature at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, the origin of the magazine actually dates to 1975, and from 1975 to 1999, was published as Maggie's Drawers, which featured the work of students in grades 6-12. Over time, the growing number of quality submissions of poetry, fiction, and visual art made imperative the publication of two magazines per year. The title Maggie's Drawers was retained by the magazine featuring the creative work of area middle school and junior high school students. The title A Near Miss was chosen by students from Nancy Corbin's art classes at Spartanburg Day School. The title reflects kinship with sister magazine Maggie's Drawers, which means a missed target on a rifle range; it also captures the dilemma of all artists: no matter how perfect a work of art seems to be objectively, it seldom captures completely the subjective vision in the artist's imagination.
Competition and Publication Policies
Letter to High School Coordinators (doc)