Submissions are now open for Volume IX of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Our theme this year is BOUND. 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, NOVEMBER 17, 2019, 11:59 PM.

DID YOU GRADUATE FROM Franklin & Marshall College? You must be an F&M alum to submit to the Review. There is no point in sending us your work if you did not graduate from F&M. 

For guidelines regarding specific genres, please review the categories provided on this website.

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. (You'll find Bio Guidelines and samples following the description on this year's theme.)

Thank you for your interest in the F&M Alumni Arts Review. We look forward to considering your work! (Again: YOU MUST BE A GRADUATE OF FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE to submit to the Review.)

Now: To this year's theme:

For our ninth and final volume we’re going for a word that has a multiplicity of uses and meanings, including that of leaping buildings in a single—

—BOUND.  As a verb, bound is “to walk or run with leaping strides”; the noun describes a “leaping movement upward.” I just love that it comes from a French word meaning ‘resound’, which descends, curiously, from the Latin for ‘humming.’ To hum and to bound! Or rebound!

There’s another, darker, meaning of the word, one from which “boundary” comes: a bound, or bounds (noun), is a territorial limit; it also means a limitation or restriction on feeling or action. In this sense the word offers ideas to do with being enclosed, or to place limits on, restrict. In sports we might say, “out of bounds.” Or an artist might move beyond the bounds of the expected. This usage of the word descends from the Middle English for ‘landmark’ or ‘borderland.’ 

And there’s yet a third definition: the idea of heading toward a specified place: homeward bound, or bound for glory. Or that one is likely to have a specified experience: She’s bound to fail. He’s bound to have a grand time.

Of course, “bound” brings up images of, well, bondage. In this usage, bound is the past tense of the verb bind. Indeed, tying people and things up—figuratively, literally—is a very powerful meaning of the word. Which can also lead to unbinding—to becoming unbounded:

Bound as the past tense of bind also—conversely—offers the notion of union: bound together. There’s also tying or fastening (something) tightly—a bandage around a shin, a roof rack to a car, arms around a child. Which leads to the idea of a vow: a legal or contractual obligation, or being obliged in some way by law, circumstances, duty—or love: as we might be bound to our alma mater.  

Submissions are now open! Deadline is Sunday, 11:59 p.m. DECEMBER 17th, 2019


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. 

Questions? Write to aareditor@fandm.edu.

Ends on November 17, 2019

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. 


Important: This journal is for F&M alumni only.  If you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, there is no point in submitting to us; we will not consider your work.  

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 17, 2019

  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.

 Important: This journal is for F&M alumni only.  If you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, there is no point in submitting to us; we will not consider your work.  


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 needs footnotes or in-text citations.  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. 


Important: This journal is for F&M alumni only.  If you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, there is no point in submitting to us; we will not consider your work.  


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 17, 2019

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. 


Important: This journal is for F&M alumni only.  If you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, there is no point in submitting to us; we will not consider your work.   
 

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 F&M Alumni Arts Review welcomes 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

 Important: This journal is for F&M alumni only.  If you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, there is no point in submitting to us; we will not consider your work.  


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


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