UNC freshman Luke McGinty is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Charles Carter, a new literary magazine on campus that combines written work with podcasts. Now accepting submissions, the online magazine aims to cover all forms of writing and engage in active editing to give writers feedback on their work.
Staff writer Palak Patel spoke with McGinty about starting the publication.
DAILY TAR HEEL: What inspired you to begin the magazine?
LUKE MCGINTY: As a writer, I’ve gone through the process so often of writing a poem or short story and just thinking, “So what?” Because no matter how good you think something is, it’s really hard to know and it’s really hard to find something to do with it.
I always loved that part of class where people have to read what you write and get the feedback. That’s part of the reason why I liked it. I also wanted to give people a place where they could submit something and ideally it could get published and people would read it. The third or fourth submission we got, the girl said, “I have no idea if it’s good, but at least I can get it published.” And that is the whole point of the magazine.