Call for submissions to The Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media

The Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media examines issues that are relevant across global contexts, though they may be uniquely identified and experienced by individuals and groups. The on-line journal publishes a wide range of media/texts showcasing different perspectives and ideas. Each contribution provides a more novel and holistic understanding of an issue that otherwise could not be gained through one medium. Both traditional and nontraditional media will be represented:

  • Essays, opinion and nonfiction texts, including research
  • Short and flash fiction, poetry
  • Radio/podcasts, music, soundscapes
  • Art, film, infographic, photography

Our goal is to provide a forum for creative and informative perspectives that educate, compel, and move. The journal is open to all undergraduates in any field.

We request submissions that are mindful and provocative. They do not have to be completed drafts but can be drafts that could use an editorial eye. In other words, we are happy to work with those who submit to bring their contribution to fruition. The issue for our next volume is “IDENTITY,” a purposefully broad term that invites speculation, commentary, and claims about:

Language

Community

Self-Perception

Personhood

Strength

Stigmas

Power

Place

Our deadline is flexible in that submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of January 15thof every year (due to the editorial process). MP3 for sound; MP4 for filmic; jpg for photography; and we have no required fonts/sizes for creative texts, but please use Arial 12-pt for traditional texts. Submissions should be sent to: undergraduatejournal@utah.edu. Submissions will be blind peer-reviewed. Our first issue of the digital journal will be available on WorldCat November 30, 2018.

Note:  Please make sure to complete the Institutional Review Board Process at your institution or receive signed permissions from your participants if doing research with people. Also, be mindful of copyright when using photographs or other work from the internet or social media.

For more information, contact: Maureen Mathison (Maureen.mathison@utah.edu)