ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. Name
The name of this organization shall be Future Histories Literary Magazine, abbreviated as FH.
Section 2. Purpose
Future Histories is the general literary magazine at Tufts University. The semesterly goal of the organization is to publish anthologies of student creative work, in print and online, in order to showcase the creative writing, studio art, and photography of Tufts students.
The publication is intent on showcasing a diverse body of works from a range of backgrounds, and amplifying the voices of the unheard. For the marginalized, the homogenous narrative of the western literary canon represents erasure and oppression. We hope to play a role in rewriting the future of that canon, to deliberately craft what that creative history will look like, in a way that is inclusive and uplifting.
Future Histories intends to give Tufts writers and artists a megaphone in which they may yell art, an energized space to connect and collaborate, and an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the submissions process.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership Requirements
Any student who attends FH meetings on a weekly basis is considered a member. There are no requirements in terms of GPA, full-time status, or previous experience.
Section 2. Member roles
Content Review Team
The Content Review is open to anyone with no limit on the size of the group. It can be considered the “default” method of participating in the club. On a weekly basis, the Content Review Team is sent a packet of submitted writings, which each member reads ahead of the meeting. They prepare yes/no/maybe decisions on each piece. At the meeting, the members participate in a discussion of the pieces. They provide feedback as though the writer could be in the room. They are not over-harsh but hold each piece of writing to a high standard. They take each piece in the context of the whole semester’s body of work and don’t just compare pieces to that week’s pool. They consider unique and marginalized perspectives in their decision-making.
Art and Design Team
The Art and Design Team works under the Art and Design editors to create the final aesthetic issue. The group is intended as small, about three students, and as an opportunity especially for underclassmen who want to develop their skills in Photoshop and InDesign. Some students may create original art and decoration with the Art Editor or help select art pieces; others may devote themselves primarily to designing spreads for the issue.
The Publicity Team works under the Publicity Manager. They design and distribute interest-specific fliers (foreign language submissions, art submissions, poetry submissions, events etc.). They contribute social media content for our various social media accounts.
Section 3. Joining a Team
At the beginning of each semester, the Co-Chairs, Design and Art Editors, and Publicity Chair will publish short applications for their respective teams. The Content Review Team is open to all students and simply requires availability and interest. The other groups are smaller and may require technical skills or at least a willingness to learn new skills.
Section 4. Non-Discrimination Clause
Future Histories does not discriminate based upon race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age, etc. — it is founded upon the ideals of inclusion and intends, while positioning itself as a “general” literary magazine, to give platform and voice especially to groups historically underrepresented.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section 1. Here described are the officer roles and their responsibilities.
The Chairpeople work in partnership as the guiding managerial head of the organization and publication. They are ultimately responsible for the success of the other officers, the production teams, and the final publication. They are directly responsible for: developing and executing each semesters’ timeline; facilitating elections of the other officers; maintaining and inclusive atmosphere at club meetings; communicating noteworthy events and responsibilities to members; and undertaking new projects/making changes to the structure in the club in order to further its goals of inclusivity and artistic excellence. The Chairpeople are chiefly responsible for the General Interest Meeting and recruitment of new members. Additionally, the Chairpeople run the weekly Content Review Team; they must guide these discussions such that group selects writing in a discerning manner but never pans, mocks, or derides unpopular work. The Chairpeople take notes on the group discussion for the Writer Liaison to pass to writers interested in workshop feedback.
The Writer Liaison is the link between our writers and our editing and review teams. They compile submitted works into each week’s submission packet, then send said packet to the Content Review Team several days ahead of the weekly discussion. They manage the e-list, adding and subtracting members as necessary, and each semester create a new contact list of all the students participating in the Content Review Team. They inform writers when their work is a) received and b) rejected or accepted. If an accepted writer wants an audience with FH ahead of their publication to go over notes, the Writer Liaison attends to this, with the Copy Editor if necessary.
The Publicity Manager assembles the Publicity Team at the start of the semester. In conjunction with their team, they manage all Future Histories social media accounts, keeping an active and engaged presence. They design and distribute posters for all group events and deadlines.
The Events Coordinator ensures that Future Histories organizes several relevant public events for the use and enjoyment of the Tufts literary and artistic community. They foster connections with other like-minded organizations and seek opportunities to collaborate. They ensure that events run smoothly, and make any necessary purchases of materials and food ahead of time. They photograph and document events, and provide event artifacts like blog posts and photographs to Publicity and Web officers.
The diversity chair draws upon an experience-based understanding of marginalized perspectives to guide the magazine toward its socially egalitarian ideal. During discussions, they direct attention toward marginalized perspectives and can ultimately veto pieces post-acceptance if A) a work does not meet the magazine’s standards of inclusivity and B) its author is not interested in revising said piece to meet with the magazine’s expectations. The diversity chair also helps to coordinate the FH status as a non-english publication space. They seek out foreign language submissions and manage translation when necessary.
The Online Editor is the creative and technical head of our website space. They post blogs throughout the semester, primarily penned by other officers such as the Events Coordinator and the Chairpeople. They maintain a fresh and interesting website, post the online issue to the website, and post the PDF of the print issue to our Issuu.com account.
The Art Editor is a creative chief of the magazine, working with their own art skills and the art of others to compliment our written works.With Design Editor, they are in charge of the artistic aesthetic of each issue and head the Arts & Design Team. They direct decisions about art submissions and cover art design, and are charged with creating graphics for the magazine as needed. They manage communication with artists during the process of submission/review/acceptance.
The Design Editor uses their InDesign skills and aesthetic sensibilities to draft the final look of the semesterly publication. With the Art Editor, they are in charge of design aesthetic of each issue and head the Arts & Design Team. They are in charge of the print layout, table of contents, and contribute to the cover design.
The Copy Editor is a well-trained reader who uses their technical understanding of the English language to help each writer hone their piece and publish its best iteration. They give notes to writers on their selected works regarding grammar and clarity of intent. On request they meet with writers about these notes.
The treasurer is an organized mind who navigates the university processes for registration and funding. They arrange the semester’s budget, attend any mandatory meetings, make payments to the FH printer and website host, keep a paper trail of organization spending, and handle general communication with outside entities with which FH has a financial relationship.
Section 2. Qualifications
Only undergraduate students are qualified to run as officers.
ARTICLE IV: ELECTION
Section 1. Officer Election Process and Timeline
Outbound Chairpeople select their replacements in the spring semester to allow the new club leaders a summer to plan their time in the role. Chairpeople are limited to a term of two (2) semesters. Prior board members are strongly favored, as they have the necessary experience navigating the framework of the club. The opening positions are advertised months before the current chairpeoples’ end-of-term. Interested parties submit a detailed application describing their qualifications, reasons for applying, and plans for the direction of the club. Standing co-chairs make their selection without prejudice, considering the stability and growth of the club.
Club members elect their officers at the beginning of fall semester, the week after the General Interest Meeting. Students interested in a position fill out a short but comprehensive survey which outlines their qualifications, ideas, and availability. Information in their applications will be made available to the general members ahead of the vote. The vote is available online via email for a week starting the day before the vote date.
Section 2. Voting Process
Voting will be held digitally, using online forms. The qualifications of each candidate will be made available in a public document to all voting members; they will review these applications, come to an informed decision, and submit their first-choice vote for each position. In cases where three or more students vye for the same role, members may cast a second-choice vote to resolve any possible ties or 3-way splits.
ARTICLE V: SUBMISSIONS
Section 1. Nature of Submissions
Future Histories accepts submissions of poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, visual art, and photography from Tufts students. Works may be in any language.
Section 2. Submissions Guidelines
Students should send their works to our email. They should include their name as they would like it to appear in the publication. They may request to be published anonymously. There may be caps on the number and length of pieces which students may submit; this information shall be made available on our website and posters at the time of our calls for submissions.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS
Section 1. Proposing amendments
Any experienced club member may propose an amendment to the club.
Section 2. Presenting amendment propositions
Amendments should be submitted to the Chairpeople in writing. The Chairpeople are encouraged to work with the submitting member to refine the proposal so it best aligns with the Future Histories mission. When the submitting member considers the proposal ready, they may present it to the club in-meeting.
Section 3. Ratifying amendments
The proposed amendment will be put to a vote. If the proposed amendment reaches a simple majority among members AND IF the proposed amendment reaches a two-thirds majority among officers, it is considered approved and to be written into the constitution. All amendments to the constitution must be approved by the TCUJ.
ARTICLE VII: ADHERENCE TO COLLEGE POLICIES
Section 1. College Rule
Future Histories pledges to adhere to all University rules, regulations and policies.
Section 2. State Law
Future Histories pledges to adhere to all local, state and federal laws.