Autumn 2013 Opus Soup

We are so excited to have finished yet another successful round of Opus! The Autumn 2013 issue has been has been sent off to the printer, so now we wait for the day when we can share the latest student work with you all. A little bird told me that this issue of Opus is going to be PURPLE. Come see the finished product! Here are the details for the release event:

Please mark Thursday, December 5 in your calendar as the date for Opus Soup, the semesterly Opus release event! Opus Soup will be your first opportunity to pick up the printed issues of Opus. The event will take place in Martha Miller’s Fried-Hemenway Auditorium at 7pm and will include student readings of their printed work and explanations of their art or artistic processes, followed by refreshments in Martha Miller Room 158.

Beginning of the Semester News

Students of Hope, the first editorial meeting for Opus, Hope College’s student literary magazine, is coming up quickly! The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19th, at 7:00pm-8:30pm, in Lubbers room 224. We will be reading the first batch of print submissions. All are welcome! Come when you can; leave when you have to.

Meetings will continue every Monday and Thursday (at the same time and place) until late October.
IMPORTANT: DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 21ST AT 11:59PM! Let’s try to get a few more pieces polished and ready to go by Saturday.

The logo contest is still in progress! Send a digital image of your logo to us at before September 28th at 11:59pm. If your logo is chosen, you’ll win a prize and get your design on all Opus publicity material.

Just a reminder: you do not need to be an English major or have any specific writing or artistic experience to participate. You only need an open-mind to consider the students’ pieces and a willing voice to discuss them. Hope to see you at a meeting!

Summer Update

Hello everyone! I hope your summers have been pleasant and full of creativity.
Allyson and I (Katie) have been hard at work planning out the Opus schedule for this coming semester. We hope you are as excited as we are! Here are some new things that you can look forward to:
1. Logo contest! Tired of this old logo? So are we. That is why we are looking for someone to design a new logo for Opus. You don’t even need to be an Opus veteran to participate. If you are artistically talented and interested in the contest, please contact Allyson or myself for more information (;; We can tell you what Opus is about and answer any other questions you have. The deadline for this contest is Saturday, September 28, and there will be a prize in addition to the pride of knowing that your work will be used on publicity material, our online accounts, and maybe even…

2. T-shirts! We want to get t-shirts this year. How cool would it be to wear your love of Opus right on your sleeve? (Bad pun, I know.) Though the goal is to display our new logo on the t-shirts, the color and price are still to be determined. Stay tuned, folks.

3. Twice-weekly meetings! During the evaluation period, we want to keep our minds and ideas fresh so we decided to split the meetings into two shorter meetings per week. Hopefully this also allows more of you to come since conflicts on our usual meeting day (Thursday) may not also affect the other meeting day (tentatively, Monday).

Lastly, if you want to help promote Opus at the activities fair on Monday, August 26, let us know! Or, just show up and find the Opus table. Put this date in your calendar now; it’ll be here before you know it!

This is going to be a great issue! We are looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces this semester!

Opus Soup: Anagram, Not Food

This year Opus Soup will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium in the Martha Miller Center! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this even, here is what you need to know:

Opus Soup is a bi-annual event serving to release the newly printed copies of Opus and to provide a space for students whose work has been published to share their creativity with others. Student writers are given the chance to publicly read their pieces and student artists can explain their creative process. Students can answer questions about their pieces or ask about other students’s work. The event is free and copies of Opus are free. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the creativity of Hope’s student body.

Regarding the subject line of this post, a long time ago someone realized that the letters in “Opus” are the same letters in “soup” so this event was named “Opus Soup”. The coming together of many different people, genres of writing and art, and perspectives can be captured in the metaphor of a delicious soup whose broth is filled with many different kinds of vegetables, meat, and/or pasta.

Eerdmans’s Prize

We have a few winners to announce: Daisy Hernandez won the Eerdmans’s Prize for her poem “Dia del Turkey, 2011” and Taylor Ann Krahn won for her prose piece “Cheese on Toast”. If you know these creative women, please feel free to congratulate them! This prize was established more than 60 years ago. It is a huge honor to win. There will be an announcement to publicly recognize them at the Honors Convocation.

Last Meeting! Visual Art! Winners! Prizes!

The date of our last meeting has been moved from Thursday to TUESDAY MARCH 12 at 6pm in MARTHA MILLER 159. I repeat: this will be the last editorial meeting of the semester. We will be considering and selecting the visual art pieces, which means less reading aloud and more looking at really cool images. It will be lots of fun. Bring friends.

In other news, we have selected 49 of our 150 print submissions. Authors whose work has been chosen will be notified by e-mail very soon.

The Eerdmans Prize winners for best poetry and best prose will be selected this weekend from the pool of  submissions that will be included in this semester’s issues of Opus. The winners will be announced at the Honors Convocation and will also receive a monetary reward. Two lucky students will be receiving a congratulatory notice soon as well.

Mid-Editorial Process Update

We are in the midst of the editorial process for the Spring 2013 issue of Opus!
Here are the dates, locations, and times for our remaining editorial meetings this semester:

Print Submissions Meetings
Tuesday, March 5, Lubbers 221, 6pm
Thursday, March 7, Lubbers 222, 7pm

Visual Art Submission Meeting and review of Accepted Print Submissions
Thursday, March 14, Lubbers 222, 7pm

Hope to see you there as we wind up the selection process!

Stay tuned for Opus Soup, an event to promote the release of the newest edition of Opus in which students can present or read their creative work. It should be happening mid-April.