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Undergraduate Research Journals for Art and Literature
The Agora is a national journal of undergraduate academic writing specializing in responses to the great books of the world. “Aiming to integrate classical ideas and issues with contemporary ones, the Agora takes its title from the marketplace at the heart of classical Athens, where much of Athenian public life was carried on: mercantile exchange, performance, political debate, athletic contests, and the public worship of deities, all took place within the hustle and bustle of the Athenian agora. Similarly, the journal seeks to be a marketplace for important ideas and issues.”
"The Allegheny Review, now entering its 34th year of publication, is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation’s undergraduates have to offer." The top entries for poetry and prose receive a $250 prize. Submission deadline: October 15.
Analecta is the official Literary and Arts Journal of the University of Texas at Austin. Analecta features a manifold collection of poetry, prose (both essays and fiction), dramatic works, and visual arts. Submission deadline mid-December. **Currently only accepting work from University of Texas students, but plans to re-open submissions to all students within the next year.**
"Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition." Published in fall and winter each year. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis.
Digital Literature Review
The Digital Literature Review is an online journal of undergraduate research. For the 2019 issue, the journal seeks "scholarly essays by undergraduate students that examine literary and filmic representations of utopias or dystopias, worlds—ideal, nightmarish, extra-terrestrial—that allow us to examine and critique our own world and environment." Submission deadline: January 7, 2019.
Forbes & Fifth
"We accept undergraduate submissions from any accredited university in the world. These submissions can range from research articles/essays to creative writing to visual art and beyond. There is really no limit to what you can submit to Forbes & Fifth.” Published in April and December. Next submission deadline: October 2019.
“Our mission is the diffusion and participation of quality, undergraduate research projects in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish into the regional, national and international arena through an on-line medium.” Writers must have taken at least one senior-level foreign-language course. Published annually in June. Submission deadline: February 1.
Madison Journal of Literary Criticism
The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism is an international publication at University of Wisconsin-Madison devoted to publishing outstanding essays of undergraduate literary analysis. Published annually in the spring. Submission deadline: January 15.
Mosaic is the University of California, Riverside’s undergraduate literary journal. Mosaic accepts prose (both fiction and creative non-fiction), poetry, ten-minute plays, and visual art. Submission deadline: January 31.
Oakland Arts Review
"The Oakland Arts Review (OAR) is dedicated to the publication and advancement of literature written by undergraduate students from across the United States and around the world. We publish fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and screenplay excerpts, as well as artwork." Awards prizes to the best pieces of nonfiction and poetry that represent the American Muslim experience. Submission deadline: December 1.
"The Oswald Review is a refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research. Published annually, it accepts submissions in the field of English from undergraduates in this country and abroad. A faculty member's endorsement is required." Submission deadline: March 1.
Plains Song Review
Plains Song Review is an interdisciplinary literary journal at University of Nebraska-Lincoln that explores a sense of place in the Great Plains through fiction, poetry, nonfiction essays and photographs and graphic literature of emerging and established writers and artists. Submissions are encouraged from, but not limited to, undergraduate college students. Plains Song Review is published each Spring. Undergraduate submissions are eligible for the Christine Pappas Award for Best Work, which includes a $200 prize and is presented at a special reading in April. **currently on hiatus**
Queen City Writers: A Journal of Undergraduate Writing & Composing
"Queen City Writers is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students…We seek thought-provoking pieces from any disciplinary perspective that explore questions and problems related to writing, rhetoric, reading, pedagogy and teacher-training, literacy broadly conceived, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing." Specific genres sought include critical essays based on research, short essays by first-year students, books reviews, writer snapshots (an interview with yourself or with someone you know), and short responses to items previously published in the journal. Issues are published twice a year in fall and spring.
Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle
"The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle is an annual journal of creative writing that publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry." All active undergraduate and graduate members of active Sigma Tau Delta chapters are invited to submit their work. The best piece of writing in each category is awarded a $400 prize. Submission deadline: May 13.
Sigma Tau Delta Review
"The Sigma Tau Delta Review is an annual journal that publishes critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical issues." All active undergraduate and graduate members of active Sigma Tau Delta chapters are invited to submit their work. The best piece of writing in each category is awarded a $400 prize. Submission deadline: May 13.
UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
"The UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal publishes premier undergraduate research in comparative texts and media, treating a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, theoretical literary discourse, international trends in literature, and comparisons of national literature." Published in fall and spring. Submission deadline: September 15.
An undergraduate journal supporting film and media studies and the growing body of Joss Whedon scholarship. Any work authored while an undergraduate is eligible for submission. Published in April and October.
"Xchanges is an interdisciplinary Technical Communication, Writing/Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum journal, which publishes two issues annually from its home in the English Department at the University of New Mexico. Our Fall issue each year features undergraduate research. Our Spring issue features graduate-student research." Xchanges accepts submissions in "traditional" journal-article format and as “webtexts.” Published in fall and spring. Submission deadline: June 30.
Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric
"Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric publishes research and theoretical articles from undergraduates on writing, writers, rhetoric, discourse, language, and related topics." Published annually. Submission deadline: June 30.