The Battering Ram
The Battering Ram was founded in September of 2011 by a group of dedicated and inspired students. Our goal from the start was to be able to produce a literary journal that not only showcased the creative energies of Woodstock Day School students but also the works of any high school or primary school aged students from around the world. In 2016, The Battering Ram was honored with the highest award for high school literary journals from The National Council of Teachers of English. Every March, we hold an accompanying literary convention (LitCon) for student writers in the Hudson Valley, and local authors, graphic designers, illustrators, and publishers.
We see our journal as a meeting place for the artistic and the literary lovers of our community and beyond.
Our Faculty Advisor is JD Louis. Click to see his bio.
Our vision for our journal is to unite the youth through the arts. We find that middle/high school writers and artists tend to be solitary in their endeavors and we aim to bring them together through our publication. At the Battering Ram LitCon, held in March, we congregate to read from our journal and the journals of other high schools.
We ask teachers at local middle/high schools to encourage every one of their students to submit, particularly those with a talent and a passion for writing or the arts. We have found that this type of journal builds an awareness of community and that the submission process teaches vital life skills.
We are interested in all kinds of creative writing, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We love experimental writers and hybrid artists. We also welcome visual pieces such as sketches, drawings, and photography. We strongly encourage any middle/high school student (not only Woodstock Day School students) with an interest in writing or the arts to submit their work.
We have published student work from a number of local schools, national schools, and international schools.
All of our submissions are read blind and voted on. We give some preferential treatment to Woodstock Day School students.
Finally, we desire to keep the journal free to all and raise all the funds needed to publish on our own.