Careless Magazine is a Claremont Colleges literary magazine. Our objective is to provide a literary forum written and managed by undergraduate students across the 5Cs. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art for our website on a rolling basis and for our print publication by a stated deadline each semester.
Careless is a branch of 5C Wordsmiths, the home base for the creative writing community at the Claremont Colleges.
When 5C Wordsmiths was passed on the legacy of 47 Pages, the Agents Team suspected we'd have a lit mag on the horizon some day. As the nascent group swelled to seniorhood, Alessandra Yu (Pomona '19) and Nama Rosas (Claremont McKenna '19) began talking about a potential magazine. In the meantime, Blake Plante (Pomona '19) had been interning in a government office in DC one spring, writing office poetry. He became disgruntled when he realized that there wasn't a large and active literary magazine publishing each semester at the 5Cs. I have things I would like to submit, he thought, and yet I cannot submit them here. It therefore became his ardent mission to start a literary magazine. He looked for creative writing groups where he might enlist support, and stumbled upon 5C Wordsmiths, where he met Alessandra and Nama. We all wanted to do the same thing, so then we kind of just strong-armed it.
Nama came up with the name, we think. He seemed to have it in his back pocket for a little while, or for no time at all. He said the name was Careless, and Blake said that's a good name. He took it to the editor of the Humanities Magazine David Skinner, who also said it was a good name. Doubt filled the ranks when Pulitzer-Prize finalist Henri Cole suggested it be called Careful, presumably because college is the place where most mental health issues are activated, but Blake successfully rebutted Cole's suggestion by agreeing and quoting Hamlet.
So, here we are.