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Journal Submission Guidelines

Submission for the 2023 journals will be accepted through May 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CDT.

  • Submit writing only if you are an undergraduate or graduate member of an active Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Chapter Advisors, faculty members, alumni (including members of the Alumni Epsilon Chapter), and honorary members are not eligible to submit.
  • Submissions are limited to one. You may choose either a critical or creative submission for the Sigma Tau Delta Review (Review), OR a creative submission (fiction, nonfiction, or a group of 1-3 poems) to the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (Rectangle).
  • Previously published materials are not eligible for submission. Previously published materials include works published in on-campus publications. 
  • Contributors may not identify themselves in any way on any page of their submissions.
  • Because of the high volume of submissions, the author is responsible to ensure that the submission form is completed correctly and the document is submitted properly.

Document Formatting

Sigma Tau Delta Review

Use Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions must be free of typographical and grammatical errors. Essays must follow the style guidelines as defined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (latest edition). Titles should be no more than four lines from the top of the page and should be centered. Avoid using bold, italics, and underlining except when MLA requires. Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.

Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle

Prose (fiction and nonfiction): Format submissions using Times New Roman,12-point font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions must be free of typographical and grammatical errors. If possible, authors should seek to double-space creative work. Titles should be no more than four lines from the top of the page and should be centered. Avoid bold, italics, and underlining except when MLA requires. Submissions should not exceed 2,500 words.

Poetry: Submissions consist of 1-3 poems. All poems must be in one Word document (.doc or .docx). For a collection of poems, create a new page in the Word document for each poem. Format submissions in Times New Roman, 12-point font, free of typographical and grammatical errors. Titles for each poem should be no more than four lines from the top of the page and should be centered. Avoid bold, italics, and underlining.

Submission Application Instructions

Refer to Submission Application Instructions for a step-by-step explanation of how to submit your work. The submission portal has two separate submission selections: one for the Review and one for the Rectangle. Ensure you use make the correct selection.

Because of the high volume of submissions, the author is responsible to ensure that all submission fields are complete and that the document is submitted properly.

Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu.

Acceptance Notification

Contributors will receive email notification by August 15, 2022, of acceptance or rejection. The online journals are published the following spring. Create your submission account using an email address that you will have access to through April 1, 2023. If you will be graduating consider using an email address other then your school email.

Contributors who win overall awards will be published and also will receive a monetary prize; contributors whose writing has been accepted will be invited to read at the Rectangle reading at the annual convention in the following spring.