Submission Guidelines

Esprit, a review of arts and letters, features work by students of The University of Scranton and is published each fall and spring as a co-curricular activity of the English Department. 

We will consider a maximum of five visual art submissions (art and/or photography) and five literary submissions (poetry and/or prose) per author/artist. Esprit does not accept resubmissions, works currently under consideration elsewhere or previously published works.

Please to do NOT address questions regarding submission policy to espritsubmissions@scranton.edu; this email address is expressly for receiving prose and poetry submissions and will not be accessed until the Esprit submission deadline has passed. Questions should instead be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief for the Spring 2014 semester, Danielle Salvadeo.

All submissions are reviewed anonymously. All submissions to Esprit that have been accepted for publication by the editors and that are the work of currently enrolled full-time undergraduates at The University of Scranton will be considered, according to genre, for The Berrier Prose Award ($100) , The Berrier Poetry Award ($100) and the Esprit Art & Photography Award ($100).

Deadline for submissions for Spring 2014: 28 March

Past issues of Esprit are available online by clicking here. Return to the main Esprit page by clicking here, or enter this address: http://scranton.edu/esprit.

    Submissions

  • Manuscript - Electronic Submissions
    • Original stories, poems, essays, translations, features, sketches, humor, satire, interviews, reviews and short plays must be typed and saved in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx). All manuscripts, except poetry and short plays, must be double-spaced. Every page of the manuscript must list the title and page number in the upper right corner. It is recommended that all manuscripts be submitted in 12 point Times New Roman font. The author's name must NOT appear at any point in the manuscript to ensure that all submissions are judged anonymously. Each submission is to be saved as a separate Word file, and all submissions are to be attached to a single email and sent to espritsubmissions@scranton.edu from the author's University email account.

      The text of the email must contain the following information:

      Writer's name
      Royal ID number
      Local mailing address and phone number
      Year in school and enrollment status (full-time or part-time)
      Major(s) and honors program(s) (Business Leadership, Honors or SJLA)
      Genre(s) of submissions emailed (poetry or prose)
      Title of each work submitted in the listed genre(s)

      Submissions received late, mislabeled or emailed without all of the above information will NOT be considered.

  • Visual Art - Physical Submission
    • Black and white/color photographs and pen and ink drawings work best in this format, but pencil drawings, collages and paintings will be considered. Physical copies of all original works must be submitted in a plain manilla envelope. The artist's name must NOT appear on either the work or on the envelope. All visual art submissions should include, on the backside, the title of the piece and an arrow indicating the orientation of the work. A CD-R or disposable flash drive with digital copies of the submitted works must also be included; the CD-R or flash drive must also be labeled with the name of the artist and the titles of the works contained. Please note that only physical copies of the submitted works will be reviewed by the staff during the selections process; quality of the print may thus affect the consideration of photography submissions. When the work submitted is a study of, or is otherwise dependent upon, another artist's work, please supply the other artist's name and that work's title.

      All visual art submissions must include an index card containing the following information:

      Artist's name
      Royal ID number
      Local mailing address and phone number
      Year in school and enrollment status (full-time or part-time)
      Major(s) and honors program(s) (Business Leadership, Honors or SJLA)
      Genre(s) of submissions emailed (art or photography)
      Title of each work submitted in the listed genre(s)

      Submissions received late, mislabeled, faintly printed, damaged or submitted without a hard copy print, soft copy or completed index card containing the above information will NOT be considered. 

      Visual art submissions can be deposited at the following address:

      Esprit
      Room 221
      McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts
      Scranton, PA 18510
      (570) 941-4343