Deadline: January 15, 2016
The Birch Journal, run by Columbia University undergraduates, is the first national undergraduate journal dedicated to Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic studies. We invite undergraduates to submit their essays, creative writing, artwork, and photography
to be published both in print and online in our upcoming Spring 2016 edition. We publish works concerning the culture, history, and politics of the region, as well as literary criticism, creative works (short stories, memoirs, poems, translations), and artwork or photography. We encourage you to submit work that you have written for a class in the field of interest, and to get your submissions in early.
Guidelines for Submission:
Please be aware that accepted pieces (especially academic essays) will be subject to an editing process that involves two stages of rigorous revision with one of our editors. Thus, choosing to submit work to The Birch also implies your commitment to revising and corresponding regularly with an editor this spring as we prepare the work for publication.
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- Limit your submissions to no more than two essays
- Each essay no more than 4000 words (not including footnotes)
- Citations should be done in Chicago style (notes and bibliography)
- Culture: essays on popular culture, the arts, etc.
- Politics and Society: essays on current events, history, economics, and religion
- Literary Criticism: essays on literature or philosophy
- Limit your submissions to no more than five images
- Include a brief 2-3 sentence description for each image
The description could give context for the work’s creation, describe its key themes, and/or describe how the piece is related to the region’s history or artistic traditions.
- Limit your submissions to no more than two prose pieces
- Each prose no more than 4,000 words long or three poems
Examples of submissions we have published in the past have included personal essays about experiences living or traveling in the region, poetry inspired by a favorite Russian poet, and a short story influenced by thematic elements relevant to the region.
- Limit your submissions to no more than three pieces
- Each piece no more than 2000 words long
- Translations should be between English and a language spoken in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia (either to or from the language)
- Because our publication will include both versions on opposing sides, when submitting translations, please also include the original piece and a citation for it.
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