Now accepting submissions for the Spring 2022 edition. All submissions are due February 1, 2022.

Submission of Manuscripts:

    • The basis for the subject matter for all submitted essays should be Great Books texts. Click here for the list of Great Books authors. 
    • All essays need to be argumentative research papers that utilize current scholarship.
    • Essays submitted for consideration must have been written while the student was enrolled in a two-year college.
    • Contributions should be a minimum of 5 pages, double-spaced.
    • Manuscripts must be created in MS Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) and submitted electronically through the submission portal.
    • Submitted content must not violate copyright law. Authors must carefully cite all information that is not original content.
    • Authors can normally expect replies within two months. Manuscripts will be evaluated by the editors and comments will usually be sent to authors.

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Guidelines for Presentation:

    • The file format for all submissions should be Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf). Please do not submit PDF files.
    • The author’s name and the date of submission should appear on the upper left hand corner of the first page of the essay.
    • Manuscripts must be in English.
    • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, utilize 12-point, Times New Roman font and use one inch margins.
      • Material submitted should generally be in line with modern conventions on issues of language and gender. If guidance is required, please consult The Handbook of Non-Sexist Writing for Writers, Editors, and Speakers, Casey Miller and Kate Swift, published by the Women’s Press.
    • Utilization of illustrations and graphs are acceptable when appropriate to the topic.

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  • It is recommended that all students read these tips on writing academic papers: click here.
  • References must be limited to readily accessible documents; i.e. those available from libraries, databases, or other public sources. References should be grouped, listed alphabetically, and included on the manuscript as part of the works cited page.
  • All “Works Cited” bibliographic information should be formulated according to the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition.

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  • You may be asked to revise and resubmit. If a manuscript is rejected after editorial review, the editors will provide feedback to help the author understand the reasons for the decision. These comments regarding the quality of your work should provide guidance for revision. Formal acceptance will not occur until the author has complied with all of the revision requests.
  • Revised manuscripts should be returned to the editors within two weeks of the date manuscripts are returned to the author.

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Accepted Manuscripts:

  • Authors must grant permission to the Great Books Student Scholarly Journal for publication. The student release form will appear on the submission portal.
  • Once accepted, your manuscript will be prepared for publication in a forthcoming issue, and the contributor will be informed of the tentative date.
  • To give writers a sense of the criteria considered when reviewing manuscripts, click here for the reader review sheet.

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  • Students may email Wright College’s Professor Michael Petersen at for any questions or concerns.

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