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OJC Press Release ID: 2564

Monday, September 26, 2016

Justin Koenig named 2017 Chinook student-editor

Justin Koenig, from Houston, Texas, has been named editor of the 45th edition of Chinook. Chinook is a literary publication highlighting student and community writing and art, published annually at Otero Junior College.

Koenig is currently a sophomore at OJC working on an Associate of Arts degree in Business.  His plans include continuing his education at a four-year institution in the future with a long-term goal of opening his own business.

Submissions for the 2017 Chinook can include poetry, essays, short stories and artwork. Koenig encourages potential contributors to express their creativity, take a chance and get their creative works out there.  The theme for the 2017 edition of Chinook will be “What We Think, We Become,” however, submissions are not required to relate to the theme. 

According to Christina Stork, chief editor/advisor for Chinook, there are several reasons to submit to Chinook. “The biggest reason is, of course, for yourself,” said Stork. “It is also a community tradition, to take an opportunity to show the community your talent. Creating things, in general, is typically fun, and it is a fantastic stress reliever. If you are seeking to become a professional writer, artist, or even a teacher, having your work published looks great on a resume.”

The literary magazine Chinook enters its 45th 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 twenty-five years.

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

“We anticipate another warm wind of new talent to arrive in our new edition,” said Stork.

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, e-mail 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 February 1, 2017 at midnight; no exceptions.

For more information, visit the Chinook 2017 website at: .
Email submissions can be sent to at: at  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., and La Junta, CO 81050.

For more information call Christina Stork at 719-384-6847, or visit the website at: A reception to thank and feature all the contributors will be held after publication.

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Justin Koenig, Otero Junior College sophomore from Houston, Texas, is the student-editor for the 45th annual edition of Chinook. Submissions to Chinook are open to OJC students and the community. Submissions are due by February 1, 2017.