Mud PieMud Pie 2012 Cover

Every spring since 1999, West Sound Academy students have contributed poems, short stories, drawings, paintings, digital art, and photography to the award-winning Mud Pie—our annual journal of arts and literature.  

Mud Pie 2011 was the first in the series to be produced entirely by students, and so qualified for submission to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM).  The NCTE program aims to encourage quality and distinction in writing in literary magazines and school -wide participation in the production.  The student staff of Mud Pie 2011 were thrilled when the magazine received a rank of Excellent from the NCTE. 


The fourteenth edition - Mud Pie 2012 - was among only 26 magazines from American and Canadian schools to receive the Highest Award from the NCTE.   Mud Pie 2012 featured a brand-new neologism section and included works by some of WSA's international students.

Mud Pie 2013 repeated the success of the previous year.  The magazine received the Highest Award from the NCTE - the only student literary magazine in Washington and one of only 26 in the United States and Canada to receive that distinction.  Some excellent micro-fiction appeared in Mud Pie, as a result of the new "$55 for 55 words" contest.

Karin Knighton, 'Chaotic Identity', 2014 Mud Pie cover

West Sound Academy's sixteenth edition, Mud Pie 2014, achieved a 'three-peat',  earning the Highest Award from the NCTE.  This year's innovation was to add original music - accessed by scanning the QR code in the magazine with a smart phone.

West Sound Academy's seventeenth edition, Mud Pie 2015, repeated the honor, earning the Highest Award from the NCTE.  Mud Pie staff staged a year-long focus on submissions, and generated excitement on campus with 'Volume I' of Arts Poetica, a poetry slam and art show they staged on campus.

Mud Pie 2017 cover, 'Imbued With Color', Ellie Swanson. '19West Sound Academy's eighteenth edition, Mud Pie 2016 was released to wide acclaim at the end of the school year.  Mud Pie staff redoubled their efforts to encourage submissions, and staged 'Volume II' of the Arts Poetica poetry slam and art show.

West Sound Academy's nineteenth edition, Mud Pie 2017, was recognized with the Highest Award from the NCTE, one of only 26 student magazines nationally to receive this honor.

And the tradition continues!  West Sound Academy's twentienth edition, Mud Pie 2018,under the guidance of student editor Sam Olson, '19, will be published in May 2018.





Do you remember making mud pies?  Almost every little kid has made one.  You're sitting outside absolutely filthy, and in front of you is a heap of mud.  When your mom comes to tell you it's time to wash up, you reply that she must wait because you have to finish making your mud pie.

Everyone can relate to the feeling of freedom inspired by a heap of mud which can become anything you want it to be.  At the same time, to the untrained eye, a heap of mud is a heap of mud.  It takes imagination to see it otherwise.  The dirty work itself, creating the mud, is the most appealing: you get to take all sorts of things that would never be put together before and see what they make.  In our literary magazine we want to capture these feelings of freedom and creativity, dive in, and concoct a mix of things unexpected.

Adapted from Mud Pie, Volume One, 1999

The Inkless Ink

The Inkless Ink is West Sound Academy’s site dedicated to student artwork and writing. This site was created by WSA’s journalism class in autumn of 2013. While that class only ran for one semester, The Inkless Link lives on as a forum for students and classes to share their work with the school community. 

¡Películaridad!, el blog cinéfio

¡Películaridad!, el blog cinéfio or "the film lovers blog for WSA Spanish classes" features reviews and other creative texts written by students in all four levels of Upper School Spanish, based on five different films, curated by Julieta Vitullo, WSA Spanish instructor. Films allow students to explore a wide range of topics within the three core topics of the IB--communication and media, global issues and social relationships, and universal topics such as love and friendship. Read more about ¡Películaridad! in Vitullo's article for WSA's School Blog and News here.


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