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Submit to East Hall Press by Feb. 13

As part of ENGL 300: Book Publishing, East Hall Press is accepting essay submissions for inclusion in a book to be published at the end of spring term. "Student Life: Essays From Augustana College, 2024" (title subject to change) will be an anthology of writing examining the Augustana experience from a student perspective.

We're looking for essays on life at Augustana or life in the Quad Cities as an Augustana student. Whether it’s a reflection on a classroom experience, a service or study abroad trip, or the burden of tuition increases, we're looking for everything from lyric essays to historical ruminations to longform literary journalism. We will welcome submissions from both Rock Island campus and APEP students. Final editorial decisions will be made by students in the ENGL 300: Book Publishing course. Writers will collaborate with the press on edits and earn publication credit in the anthology, scheduled to publish by the end of May 2024. 

Submission requirements

  • Submissions must be sent to as a .doc, .docx, or PDF file by Feb. 13, 2024.
  • Submissions must be nonfiction and authored by students at Augustana College (APEP students, Rock Island students, and enrolled students studying abroad all are eligible).
  • Submissions should be thoughtful and engage deeply with some aspect of college life, broadly defined. Submissions may be critical, laudatory, reflective, or all of the above, as long as they succeed in moving readers emotionally or intellectually.
  • Submissions should be sent with identifying information removed. Those who plan to enroll in ENCW 300 in the Spring should refrain from submitting.
  • The goal of the anthology is to present a body of writing that offers a more authentic vision of campus life than the usual marketing brochures. Think of it as a way to give future students and future historians an idea of what it was like to live at Augustana in the late stages of the COVID pandemic, during a time of political turbulence and financial instability all across higher ed. Be funny. Be philosophical. Be daring. Most of all, be authentic. We want your best work.

Statement of ethics

All publishing decision will be made in the early stages of ENGL 300: Book Publishing, scheduled to begin in Spring Semester 2024. Every submission will be read and considered by at least two readers. Writers will receive a response by mid-to-late March. Students whose work is accepted will be sent a contract granting East Hall Press First North American Serial Rights and provided with at least one complimentary contributor copy. Students enrolled in ENGL 300: Book Publishing are ELIGIBLE to appear in the anthology, but please be sure to submit work with author name removed.

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