Here are a few points from their discussion:
- publicize early. The two weeks before deadline, they hit publicity hard.
- know your timeline and your competition. Because Weber has 2 undergraduate magazines, they are careful to not have submission deadlines at the same time--they split them over the fall and spring semesters.
- go outside the college. Distribute copies to local businesses, high schools, coffee shops. (They run a workshop for high school students about how to run a lit mag, and other topics. Then they send them home with a copy of their magazines.)
There were some others, but I can't seem to find my notes. Here are the websites for both publications:
Some notable differences:
both of these mags run print versions and pay their staff. Metaphor's funding comes from student fees. Epiphany is funded by the non-traditional student center. Epiphany offers prizes to some authors (gift cards, trips to conferences, etc) who win the best-in-section awards. Metaphor publishes some of the best work from the National Undergraduate Literature Conference held at Weber in a guest section.
I like the model Din uses, I just thought it was interesting to see how another group runs their lit mag.