The Unmasking

The Unmasking The Unmasking is Grady High School's literary magazine. Stroke of wit? Submit to the Lit.

The Unmasking is a student run publication that encourages students at Grady to express themselves through creative writing and art. We publish a print compendium of student work each spring. Submissions are accepted throughout the year; email them to [email protected] or hand them in person to Mr. Needham in room C304. If you have a quote, excerpt, or full poem that you especially fancy, feel free to post it to the wall. We want to know what inspires you!

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The deadline for the songwriting contest has been extended. Submit your songs now!
10/19/2014

The deadline for the songwriting contest has been extended. Submit your songs now!

04/16/2014

Pre-Order your copy of The Unmasking (2013-2014) today!
See any staff member to order a copy for $5, cash only.
The magazines will arrive and be distributed in early May.

03/17/2014

The deadline for our mini-contests is Wednesday March 19. Each winner gets a $10 cash prize and their work published in our 2013-2014 magazine!
-Photoshop
-Photography
-Doodle
-6 Word Story
-Haiku

Submit to a staff member, Mr. Needham, or to [email protected]

03/16/2014

The deadline for our mini-contests is Wednesday March 19. Don't forget to submit your work! Each winner gets a $10 cash prize and their work published in our 2013-2014 magazine!
-Photoshop
-Photography
-Doodle
-6 Word Story
-Haiku

Submit to a staff member, Mr. Needham, or to [email protected]

03/05/2014

The Unmasking will be holding 5 mini-contests, each with a $10 cash prize.
-Photoshop
-Photography
-Doodle
-6 Word Story
-Haiku

The deadline for submissions is Friday March 21.
Submit to a staff member, Mr. Needham, or to [email protected]

02/26/2014

Just a reminder that submissions to the graphic novel contest and cover contest are both due this friday. Good luck!

02/10/2014

We'll be having another bake sale tomorrow in the courtyard, so come out and support the Unmasking! Baked goods are $1, or buy a copy of the lit mag and get a baked good for free.

01/13/2014

Bake sale tomorrow

Hey everybody! The unmasking will be holding it's first bake sale tomorrow after school in the courtyard. Stop by to score some sweets and support your school's literature magazine.

Want to see your artwork on the cover of the unmasking? Then submit to the cover contest!
01/10/2014

Want to see your artwork on the cover of the unmasking? Then submit to the cover contest!

12/17/2013

Short Story Contest Announcement

Prizes: $100 for first, $75 for second, $50 for third, $25 for possible honorable mentions.

Deadline: January 10th

Rules: essays must be types and less than 1000 words. Submissions should include a cover sheet with the name of the author. Submit to Ms. Bolster in the writing center or email to [email protected].

Upcoming Event: "The Monuments Men" Book Signing"The Monuments Men", a star-studded WWII film, is set to hit box offices...
12/03/2013

Upcoming Event: "The Monuments Men" Book Signing

"The Monuments Men", a star-studded WWII film, is set to hit box offices this February. The movie is based on the book by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter that details the true story of a platoon tasked with saving Europe's art from the Nazi forces. Witter is holding a free reading and signing tomorrow evening at the Jimmy Carter Library. For more information, visit: http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events/

11/05/2013

First Place Poetry Contest Winner:

Alternative medicine by Ben Simonds-Malamud


Summer vacation one year yielded a sickness with a pleasant remedy
Strep throat in Nantucket and doctors said eat popsicles when
At home doctors would have prescribed bubble-gum flavored Pink Slime
Nantucket doctors know how to please a six-year-old

Getting splinters from slipping on a wooden deck
Pinching like thorns from the grape vines in the fields near our rental house
Which had five bedrooms for the whole family but no blender
And a slippery, splintery deck that hurt

A bottle of "edible" bubbles for my cousins and me
Which individually tasted like strawberries and which I drank
To taste the strawberries better
And which ended up tasting more like soap than anything else
Spitting it out on the porch: coughing, laughing

Before mom and dad split up vacations were long and wonderfully directionless
Instead of just a few days everyone had lying around
When we go to grandparents' houses
And then come back

A sixty-piece puzzle to do while
Grandma takes mom and Aunt Lisa shopping
Simplified the cosmos into a rectangle on the kitchen counter
And sixty pieces was more than manageable

Because the thing about splinters is
Pulling them out hurts more than getting them
Screaming on the table in the hospital from the pain of hundreds of splinters
Made me think about how I would go back to the rental house
And get ice cream
Or a popsicle or some fresh grapes, warm from the sun and sweet
Or something that tasted like just strawberries and not soap
Like a smoothie, if there were a blender

11/04/2013

Second Place Poetry Contest Winner:

Time in a Year by Rachel Klika

If a year
has been a year
for as long as there have been years,
why does each progressive year
seem shorter?

Is it because one singular year
becomes a smaller portion of our
entire lives as they go by?

Are we too used to them?
Too fixated on measuring
time and age?

Or maybe,
we just expected to do more
with a year.

At any rate,
my pet fishes seemed to live
much longer
when I was a child.

11/03/2013

Third Place Poetry Contest Winner:

Past Bacon by Allison Rapoport

They say that the number of combinations is infinity.
But all I can think of is bacon.
It is the only thing that can be eaten by dog,
who laps up the cream
while the moon and sky twinkle
and he looks up at the stars.

The moon shines behind the stars.
And the darkness stretches to infinity.
But his heart won't twinkle
because all he can think of is bacon.
That silly beast that basks in cream
That cat named dog.

No one ever loved dog.
So every night he watched the stars
and prayed for a new bowl of cream.
He thought the amount of cream in the world was infinity.
But it turned out there was less cream than bacon
so his heart could never twinkle.

But the moon will always twinkle
unlike dog,
who could never want as much bacon
as could be supplied by the stars;
as much as infinity.
So much more than cream…

Then he found the cream!
And his soul would forever twinkle
to infinity
and beyond would go dog.
Past the stars;
past bacon.

Once he reached the bacon,
he no longer yearned for cream.
Instead he wanted to eat the stars
so that his eyes would twinkle
and his name would never again be dog,
but instead, infinity.

As he was guided by bacon to make his eyes twinkle,
so too he was guided by cream to change his name from dog
to eat the stars and become infinity.

Congratulations to our poetry contest winners!
10/17/2013

Congratulations to our poetry contest winners!

10/08/2013

Having trouble with that college essay? Whether you are in the final stage of edits, still working on your draft, or don't even know where to find the topic, stop by the Writing Center tomorrow, wednesday october 9, at 3:45 for a college essay writing workshop.

10/01/2013

"There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto" -Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

If you haven't read any of McCarthy's work, I implore you to pick up one of his books. His twisted characters, sparse writing style, and disturbing plot-lines make for a hard-hitting and memorable read. If you are looking for a fairytale ending, however, I suggest you look elsewhere.

09/25/2013

Just a reminder to all Grady students, today is the deadline for both the freshman and school-wide poetry contests. Check out the unmasking page for more details.

09/22/2013

You might have seen a post going around Facebook today that goes something like this:

"It’s International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your Facebook status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status"

Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately, international book week isn't a real holiday, or at least not a recognized one. We at the unmasking, however, will take any opportunity to celebrate literature. So, pick up a novel, and have a happy unofficial international book week! And feel free to comment with your own page 52 quote, or see if you can guess which book someone else's came from.

The Unmasking's cover photo
09/20/2013

The Unmasking's cover photo

09/20/2013

There has been some conflicting information going around concerning the due date of the first poetry contest, which is open to the entire school. The due date is September 25. There is a 30 line maximum, and limit of three submissions per person. Please submit to [email protected]

09/19/2013

All Freshman! The 9th grade poetry contest deadline has been pushed to September 25th. Theres a 25 line maximum and the top 3 entries will receive a prize. Submit to Mr. Needham in room C304 or email to [email protected]

09/15/2013

Going to Coffee House this Thursday? Check out our table to learn more about The Unmasking

09/06/2013

Who came out to the talent show last night? We did! And everyone was amazing. Next time stop by the Unmasking table and check us out

08/14/2013

The Unmaskings back for more and better things this year! Dont forget to follow to hear about Contests and a chance to win their prizes!!!

02/14/2013

Happy Valentine's Day!
From The Unmasking staff

02/04/2013

The Farm

That house smelled of old wood and fresh air.
I remember
waking up to find a scorpion on the floor. And the
gravel embedded in my bloody hands after I fell
in the driveway.
Those swings that I used to pretend
I'd fly away
on are now just pieces of faded, yellow plastic
on rusty chains.
Eating violets in the yard,
wandering through the garden and
the woods,
splashing through the rain and red clay.
The pain and sick that comes from
wasp stings
that a handful of mud won't cure,
and the sore lumps the next day.
Orange dust
fills the air
as our truck rolls slowly down
the dirt road, moving away.
That house smelled of old wood and fresh air.

By: Our First Place Winner of the Poetry Contest Rachel Klika, and a staff member of The Unmasking.

01/23/2013

Announcing the Poetry Contest WINNERS!!!
1st Place ($75): Rachel Klika with 'The Farm'
2nd Place $50): Victoria Stuart with 'Forgetting to Breathe'
3rd Place ($25 each):
-Leslie Lang with 'Blackbird'
-Leslie Lang with 'Ode to Leaves'
-Grace Powers with 'Go Have Fun'

Junior Leslie Lang and Senior Kelsey Hubbard modeling off our new t-shirts
12/18/2012

Junior Leslie Lang and Senior Kelsey Hubbard modeling off our new t-shirts

11/28/2012

Make sure you come out and see the fall production of "The Good Doctor" this Thursday-Saturday at 7 in the main theater. So come support our own Aeron Attwooll, Kelsey Hubbard, and Rachel Klika in the fall play.

Courtesy of Kelsey Hubbard
11/28/2012

Courtesy of Kelsey Hubbard

11/26/2012

When will I ever be able to wake up again?

When will this nightmare fade away?

When will the stars begin to shine?

I’m tired of running from nightmares,

Dark, long corridors,

Not stopping. Only running.

I’m tired of the what-ifs and

The Fear

I’m tired of the paranoia.

I’m tired of being tired!

It’s like everyday,

I spend running,

Running,

Running,

Running,

Running.

Never stopping.

Who will finally turn on the lights?

When will the day come where I stop?

And turn around,

And see,

What is really chasing me?

-----
"Bleh"
Courtesy of Maegan Carnley

11/22/2012

Happy Thanksgiving
from The Unmasking staff :)

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