Thank you for your interest in submitting work to Apollon.
We are an undergraduate digital journal in the humanities focused on producing annual issues of excellent, peer reviewed work from participating colleges and universities across a range of disciplines and embracing the array of intellectual approaches valued by humanistic inquiry.
We maintain a broad definition of the humanities by including within our purview English, Foreign Languages and Literature, Music, Theater, History, Classics, Art History, Design, Philosophy, Religion, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Women's Studies, and regional studies, as well as papers from associated disciplines that engage in humanistic forms of inquiry such as qualitative and theoretical work in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, among others.
What to Do in Order to Submit:
Your paper should be 2000-6000 words, and it must be developed from graded work written for a course or independent study related to your academic pursuits. Book, film, and theater reviews should be 1000-1500 words and must offer insightful analysis on the technical aspects of prose, film-making, or theater design used in the production. Your work should be further revised after its life in the classroom in order to ensure that it speaks to an educated reader who may not have been present in your particular class. Talk with the professor for whom you wrote it to discuss how to sharpen your argument, expand sections that require further development, cut repetitions or digressions, and refine the structure of your paper so that a general audience may easily follow your prose. You should pay attention to framing your argument so that it is accessible and interesting. Make sure your readers will understand what is fantastic about this work by conveying its sense of originality and energy clearly from the opening paragraph through to the conclusion. If your paper exceeds our word limit but you think that it still is a good fit for Apollon, please contact one of our editors and discuss the matter with us. We think that word restrictions should not mar the “publishibility” of an otherwise excellent paper.
We reserve the right to review your instructor's comments on your work in order to ensure that it (1) reflects on and incorporates the feedback available to you prior to submission, (2) has been vetted as original work (i.e., to prevent plagiarism), and (3) represents your school's high academic standards.
Apollon uses Chicago style formatting of citations, notes and references. Please keep expository notes to a minimum. You will receive a style sheet with further guidelines for formatting your work shortly after the initial review of your submission.
You should submit your work (not more than one per issue) electronically in a single document along with a first-page cover sheet that indicates your name, institution, and contact information (including your phone number.) Your name should not appear anywhere else in the document. You should also include a running header that indicates page number and an abbreviated essay title so that we can easily track your work. No other complex formatting should be included.
Finally, your cover sheet should include a brief biography (200 words or fewer) that indicates your institution, major, graduation date, and other relevant information or details.
Who can submit an essay to Apollon?
Any undergraduate student whose essay was produced for coursework in the humanities, and which can be understood as research in its own discipline. We are particularly interested in the work of humanities majors, or essays produced for seminars and upper-level courses.
What length of submissions are you looking for?
We are looking for feature articles of 2000-6000 words, and theater, film, and book review articles of roughly 1500 words. Theater reviews should focus on professional theater, not student theater, and book reviews should pertain to one or more scholarly monographs, not collections, fiction, or poetry. Please consult with the editors prior to submitting reviews of theater or books in order to ensure a good fit with the journal.
What range of submissions are you looking for?
We seek undergraduate research in the humanities, broadly construed. Your research might include historical analysis, theoretical critique, philosophical inquiry, or it might participate in creative research such as in theater, music, environmental studies, or architecture. In any case, it should be a piece of research you submitted as a part of your coursework for a grade, and you should already have revised it according to the feedback you received on that paper prior to submission to Apollon. We maintain a broad definition of the humanities by including within our purview English, Foreign Languages and Literature, Music, Theater, History, Classics, Art History, Design, Philosophy, Religion, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Women's Studies, and regional studies, as well as papers from associated disciplines that engage in humanistic forms of inquiry such as qualitative and theoretical work in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, among others.
What do I have to know about copyright, fair use, and other questions of rights?
This is a complicated area of our project, but a few simple answers will help. First, authors are responsible for obtaining the copyright permissions for all materials they submit, and Apollon will refuse to print any pieces that do not comply with fair use laws. We cannot help you to obtain rights to images, footage, or audio tracks. The good news, however, is that Apollon ensures that authors maintain the rights over their intellectual property, and we exercise no control or restriction whatsoever over your future use of your intellectual work.
What happens once an essay is submitted to Apollon?
When an essay arrives, it is read by one or more of Apollon's editors. They decide whether or not an essay is appropriate for Apollon, and, if so, if the piece is ready to be sent out to an undergraduate reviewer. The editors may occasionally make a request for revisions before sending an essay out to a reviewer if they find it promising but in need of more development.
Who reviews the essays?
We maintain a peer-reader policy, sending potential articles to undergraduate reviewers who are interested in compatible areas of the humanities, and whose training makes them appropriate readers of your work.
What does a reviewer do?
We ask our reviewers to do two things: 1) tell us if they believe a feature or review article is publishable, and 2) if they do believe it publishable, offer questions or suggestions to the author to help in the revision process (and it is the case that almost every article can benefit from some revision). We encourage reviewers to respond within two weeks as we do not want to keep authors waiting. (Click here for our Reviewer Guidelines.)
Can I work with a reviewer on revisions?
Many of our reviewers are willing to read further drafts and even work with writers if you are willing to take suggestions for revision. While we don't encourage reviewers to feel that they have to actively help with revising by entering into the composing process, we do encourage writers and reviewers to continue their conversations.