"All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital." -Oscar Wilde

The Spectator Literary Magazine is a literary magazine that has been publishing the work of New Canaan High School students since 1961. Over the past years, Spectator has won numerous awards and been recognized as one of the top school literary magazines in the state of Connecticut. Submissions to Spectator include poetry, short stories, photography, graphic designs, mixed media art, narratives, etc. Additionally, podcasts, short films, and spoken word poetry videos may be submitted to be featured on the Spectator website.

“Writing is neither vibrant life nor docile artifact but a text that would put all its money on the hope of suggestion. 'Come with me into the field of sunflowers' is a better line than anything you will find here, and the sunflowers themselves far more wonderful than any words about them.” -Mary Oliver, Upstream