Recent News/Announcements

JUNE 25TH, 2020


June 24th, 2020


We are excited to announce that we will be releasing Maryland Voices: Volume X on THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH, 2020! Everyone will be able to view it right here on our website. We cannot wait for you all to see our year of hard work and read the stories that Maryland high school students have to share.

June 18th, 2020

Q&A with the Senior Editorial Team Members.

Stefan Cehan

After working on the Maryland Voices editorial team for the 2019-2020 school year, these graduating high school seniors have learned what it takes to produce a creative nonfiction journal. From managing various submissions and juggling many deadlines, they have greatly contributed to the final journal. We asked them questions about their experiences and this is what they had to say:

How do you feel now that you’ve completed your work on the MV team?

“I am proud that I contributed to our team’s revival of the Maryland Voices publication. We worked hard to create a product that Maryland students will read and contribute to for years to come.” – Caleb McClatchey

“Now that I’ve completed my work on the MV team, I have this sense of accomplishment. I spent a lot of time being a part of something bigger than myself, showcasing the works of writers across the state. Knowing that I gave my time to something that will possibly last a lifetime fills me with confidence and pride.” -Jack Keane

“Sad that it’s over and we didn’t get to finish in person, but proud of the work we put in!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“It feels great that all our hard work went towards a larger picture.” -Julia Stitely

How would you define the legacy of Maryland Voices and how have you contributed to it?

“The legacy of Maryland Voices will hopefully be that of pride and happiness for the people who read it as well as contribute to it. These collections of stories showcase so many different perspectives on a wide range of themes, and the world would truly be at a loss if this project ever stopped.” -Jack Keane

“I would define the legacy as just the beginning. I think our team was able to set a good comeback foundation for many years to come” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“I hope that this is the start of something new and will continue to inspire young and diverse writers.” -Julia Stitely

What was your favorite memory/experience of working on MV?  

“I enjoyed reading and editing the short stories that students throughout Maryland sent in. They were all unique and gave me a glimpse into the incredibly diverse perspectives and experiences of the student authors.” -Caleb McClatchey

“I loved getting to talk to other members of the team and collaborating and having fun!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“Reading the different stories that Maryland students have.” -Julia Stitely 

How has this experience changed/shaped you are a person?

“After going through the process of editing and proofreading other people’s submissions, I now have a greater appreciation for the life I live. I’ve been exposed to an immense amount of worldly perspectives and I’ve realized that compared to my life, other people have faced tremendous hardship. Out of obligation and respect, it was, and still is, my job to make sure that those voices are heard.” -Jack Keane

“To become organized” -Julia Stitely 

Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

“We put a lot of hard work into MV and this is only the beginning. I hope everyone enjoys it!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“Enjoy the stories!” -Julia Stitley

Maryland Voices has taught them a great deal not only about teamwork but also helped them experience the diverse ideas and immense creativity of Maryland high school writers. These seniors have helped revive the legacy of Maryland Voices. It is now up to us to carry on its name and continue giving the voices of Maryland a place to express themselves.

May 8th, 2020

Quarantine changed some of our plans but we are not letting it stop our publication! Our editors are hard at work (scroll for photos). Stay healthy and safe!

Mary Samokhvalova, Editor-in-Chief
Ellie Zoller-Gritz, Region 1 Director
Alexandra Valerio, Region 1 Director
Neha Rehman, Regions 2 and 3 Director
Mariam Abd-El Shafy, Region 2 Director
Tomas Germanas, Region 4 Editor
Jack Keane, Region 5 Director
Sunny Gu, Region 6 Director
Julia Stitely, Region 6 Director
Caleb McClatchey, Region 7 Director
Sasha Allen, Region 7 Director

April 30th, 2020

January 8th, 2020

We are accepting your creative nonfiction pieces under 3000 words for review! Our deadline is JANUARY 31st, 2020. Please view the video below for details.