The Harvard Crimson

Spring Comp 2021

magazine

“In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” — Andy Warhol

We can’t predict how you’ll get famous, but we can promise you’ll look good doing it. Comp Fifteen Minutes, the Crimson’s weekly magazine, and hang out with the Cool KidsTM of 14 Plympton St.

We publish The Crimson’s sexiest content, from profiles of quirky campus figures to captivating retrospections, with a little levity in between. Every once in a while, we talk about our feelings. We are a bit of everything, in the best way.

This year, we’ll be featuring more art, poetry, and non-traditional mediums, offering more space for our writers to showcase their skills. FM is the home of creative writing at The Crimson and we are so excited to expand this part of what we do this year.

Oh, and we almost forgot: scrutinies. They’re our weekly cover stories, and consistently rank among the most-read articles on The Crimson’s website. "Scruts," as we call them, are long form deep dives into a variety of subjects – from HUDS workers’ struggling to work during the pandemic, to Harvard students tapped by Fox News, to an HMS professor’s semi-spiritual brush with death. If you’re looking to flex your investigative reporting muscles, look no further.

“Wait,” you might say. “I don’t have any investigative reporting muscles! I’ve never written a magazine article in my life!”

That’s where we come in: you’ll join us for weekly comp seminars and staff writers’ meetings on Monday evenings, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about writing for FM, from interview basics to structure and style. You’ll refine your articles with brilliant editors and in turn, we hope, grow immensely as a writer.

FM lends critical eyes and surprising angles to timely news threads. When News writers were reporting live from the HUDS picket lines, we were at home with dining workers, meeting the family members they were fighting to support. When President Obama nominated Harvard alum Merrick Garland ’77 to the Supreme Court, we called up his college roommates and learned about his sick karate moves.

At FM, we do a lot more than sit around and look cool. (Although we do a fair amount of that too.) We want you to join us.

Any questions? Want more information? Don’t hesitate to contact our Fifteen Minutes Comp Directors, Maliya V. Ellis (maliya.ellis@thecrimson.com) and Garrett W. O'Brien (garrett.o'brien@thecrimson.com) with any and all questions and concerns.