Submissions are now open for Volume VIII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Our theme this year is SWING. We very much look forward to your interpretations of this most interesting and multi-faceted word. (See below, under the bio examples, for a few ideas.) Deadline: Sunday, 11:59 PM, November 18th, 2017.

For guidelines regarding specific genres, please review the categories below. 

We happily accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. 

With your submission, please make sure your name is written as you'd like it to appear throughout the Review (for instance, you may want to include your maiden name, so that, if your work is included in the Review, classmates might recognize you). 

We also ask for a physical address and a way to contact you by email (PLEASE BE SURE IT'S AN EMAIL YOU USE; we've had alums miss out on being published because they didn't receive our acceptance note!). 

You are welcome to write a short cover letter, and please be sure to include a brief bio. (Bio guidelines and samples, below.)

Thank you for your interest in the F&M Alumni Arts Review. We look forward to considering your work!

Sands Hall, Editor & the Editorial Board

BIO GUIDELINES: Your graduating year follows your name (Joe Smith '76); include your major and write about yourself in the 3rd person. Limit: 75 words. We encourage you to include contact info if you like (email and/or website); these count as one word each. 

Example 1: Marcie Doe ’10 majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. Excellent Press recently brought out her second book of poetry, and in 2012 , she was a finalist for Significant Poetry's annual contest. Her poetry can be read, her books purchased, and her email address found (and she hopes you'll read/purchase/write) at www.marciedoe.com.  

Example 2: Edward Jones ‘57 continues to explore the artistic territory to which he was introduced in a much-loved photography course with Professor Right. He majored in business administration and minored in classics, and enjoyed a fruitful career with a Washington, D.C. advertising agency. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Holly Smith-Jones ’59, on the Chesapeake Bay, where they love to walk their dogs. Be in touch! ed&hollyjones@email.com. 

REGARDING OUR THEME:

SWING!

We’re very excited about our theme for Volume VIII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review; perhaps it’s that spring is taking such a long time to arrive here in Lancaster and we all feel ready for something, well, that swings! 

The word offers all kind of options—from porch swings to mood swings, from swing music to swing votes—although its basic definition is to “move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.” 

And “to cause to move or face in an alternate direction”—perhaps a new direction.

There’s also “cause to move vigorously in a wide arc or circle,” as one does when one swings a golf club, or swings an arm, or swings an ax—or a knife. 

A door swings open. We swing aboard a train. Laundry swings from a line.   

In its noun form we have “a change in attitude or behavior” and “a free and swaying movement.” One of the things we like about this word is that it contains meanings of other themes we considered, including “wave” and “current” and “turn” and even “face.”

We are familiar with swing also as an adjective: capable of deciding the outcome, as in swing vote.  Also to have a steady pulsing beat—one of the most delightful forms of music, and of dance:

And how about the vernacular meanings: “to die by hanging,” to be “lively” and “up to date,” and “swapping sexual partners.” Idioms associated with the word include be in full swing, get into the swing, take a swing, no room to swing a cat.

SWING comes from Middle English: to beat, fling, hurl; from Old English and akin to Old High German swingan: to beat, rush, fling oneself.

Submissions are now open! Deadline is Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Nov 18th, 2018

Questions? Write to aareditor@fandm.edu.

Ends on November 18, 2018

The Review considers for publication photography, paintings, and drawings. A visual art submission may comprise UP TO TEN images, although we usually publish only one piece per submitter. PLEASE INCLUDE ALL IMAGES AS ONE submission (that is, please do not submit each image separately -- it complicates things). We accept .jpeg or .gif or .tiff. For submission purposes, photographs should be at least 72 dpi; if accepted, we'll ask for 300 dpi; minimum size 1800 x 1800 pixels.

With your submission, please include:

  • author/artist name as you'd like it to appear in the Review
  • author/artist email & physical address
  • short bio -- limit 75 words, please -- including your graduating year
Ends on November 18, 2018

The editors of the Review are interested in poems of any length and aesthetic bent. A poetry submission may consist of UP TO FIVE poems, although we publish only one poem per submitter. The poems should be typed, one poem per page. Please submit ALL POEMS AS ONE SUBMISSION -- that is, do not submit them separately—it complicates things. 

With your submission, please include:

  • author/artist name as you'd like it to appear in the Review
  • author/artist email & physical address
  • short bio -- limit 75 words, please -- including your graduating year

The editors of the Review are interested in personal essays as well as informative ones. This is not the place, however, for an academic work that is limited to a particular audience or that is footnoted/in-text referenced.  We're looking for essays that are interdisciplinary, well written, and which appeal to a wide readership. We are drawn to shorter pieces. Maximum 3000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using a 12 point font. 

With your submission, please include:

  • author/artist name as you'd like it to appear in the Review
  • author/artist email & physical address
  • short bio -- limit 75 words, please -- including your graduating year
Ends on November 18, 2018

Most fiction selected for publication in the F&M Alumni Arts Review is in the form of short stories. We are drawn to shorter pieces. We happily look at novel excerpts, as long as the submitted piece is complete and self-contained. Limit 3000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using a 12 point font. 

With your submission, please include:

  • author/artist name as you'd like it to appear in the Review
  • author/artist email & physical address
  • short bio -- limit 75 words, please -- including your graduating year
Ends on November 18, 2018

We welcome playscripts, both self-contained scenes and one-acts. These should be properly formatted. We are drawn to shorter pieces. Limit: 3000 words, including stage directions. 

With your submission, please include:

  • author/artist name as you'd like it to appear in the Review
  • author/artist email & physical address
  • short bio -- limit 75 words, please -- including your graduating year