Requirements

Only undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited Honors program or college in the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) or the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) are eligible to submit work to be considered for publication in Scribendi. An Honors program is not the same as an honors society (i.e. Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key). Honors programs require you to take actual Honors classes at your university. If you are not sure if you are part of an Honors program, please contact us or the program director at your school.

You may submit a total of five (5) works, divided as follows:

  • One (1) submission each for the creative nonfiction and short fiction categories
  • Up to three (3) submissions in each of the following categories: poetry, photography, visual art, foreign language, and open media.

For more details about each category, see the "Categories" section below.

Works submitted to Scribendi may not have been published elsewhere and may not be currently submitted to another publication. Scribendi claims First North American Serial Rights. This means that the works submitted here cannot appear in or be submitted to any other publication until after the release of this issue of Scribendi. Rights will revert to the author upon publication in Scribendi.

Submitted works must also have been written/created or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

In addition to being eligible for consideration for publication in Scribendi, all undergraduate Honors students who submit to Scribendi and are enrolled in an Honors program or college in the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) region are eligible to be considered for the WRHC Awards. These awards are given in the categories of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography, and open media. Each year, a committee of WRHC faculty awards a $250 prize to one work published in Scribendi in each of these categories.

Any questions about the submission process can be directed to scribendi@unm.edu. Please label the subject field as “Submission Questions.”

Categories

You may submit a total of five works, limited to one in each of the long categories (short fiction and creative nonfiction) and three in all other categories.

Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction submissions may be any type of nonfiction, fact-based prose including, but not limited to, memoirs, short stories, personal essays, lyrical essays, literary journalism, and travel writing. Creative Nonfiction is usually a combination of scene, reflection, and exposition generally based on a person’s life or personal experience. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to one work, no longer than 5,000 words, titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. Submitted works must also have been written or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

Note: If you have concerns about the word limit please contact us at scribendi@unm.edu or 505-277-7407.

Poetry

Poetry submissions may be any style of poetry including, but not limited to, sonnet, limerick, haiku, acrostic, pantoum, villanelle, and free verse. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to three poems, no longer than five pages each, titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. Submitted works must also have been written or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

Short Fiction

Short Fiction submissions may be any type of short fiction including, but not limited to, short story, micro-fiction, flash fiction, and tall tales. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to one work of short fiction, no longer than 5,000 words, titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. Submitted works must also have been written or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

Note: If you have concerns about the word limit please contact us at scribendi@unm.edu or 505-277-7407.

Foreign Language

Scribendi welcomes foreign language submissions in any of the above literary categories. Works may be written in any language other than English, but must be accompanied by an English translation, with appropriate acknowledgements to the translator, if applicable. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to three pieces, each of which must be titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. Submitted works must also have been created or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

Visual Art

Visual Art submissions may be any type of two- or three-dimensional artwork in any medium (including digital art). Scribendi limits submissions in this category to three works, each of which must be titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. All works must be submitted as digital files in .JPG format. Each submission must be accompanied by a brief artist's statement of no more than 250 words. Please consider including the intent behind the piece, the creation process, and anything else you would like us to know about it. Submitted works must also have been created or have had extensive revisions since you entered college. If selected for publication, the Scribendi staff will ask you to immediately send a new digital file of your work saved with the following settings: DPI should be 300 or more; image size 8" x 10"; color format should be CMYK, not RGB or other color formats. Files sent in RGB mode will result in incorrect color reproduction.

Photography

Photography Submissions can be black and white, color, or any combination of the two. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to three photographs, titled. Untitled works will not be accepted. All works must be submitted as digital files in .JPG format. Each submission must be accompanied by a brief artist's statement of no more than 250 words. Please consider including the intent behind the piece, the creation process, and anything else you would like us to know about it. Submitted works must also have been created or have had extensive revisions since you entered college. If selected for publication, the Scribendi staff will ask you to immediately send a new digital file of your work saved with the following settings: DPI should be 300 or more; image size 8" x 10"; color format should be CMYK, not RGB or other color formats. Files sent in RGB mode will result in incorrect color reproduction.

Open Media

This category was created to accommodate works that do not fit the aforementioned categories. This includes, but is not limited to, films, music, graphic novels, textile arts, graphic design, web design, and architecture. If you are submitting a composition, include sheet music. Works submitted to this category that do in fact fit one of the categories above will not be considered. Scribendi limits submissions in this category to three works. All submissions must be titled; untitled works will not be accepted. Each submission must be accompanied by a brief artist's statement of no more than 250 words. Please consider including the intent behind the piece, the creation process, and anything else you would like us to know about it. Submitted works must also have been written/created or have had extensive revisions since you entered college.

Awards

WRHC Awards

In addition to being eligible for consideration for publication in Scribendi, all undergraduate Honors students who submit to Scribendi and are enrolled in an Honors program or college in the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) region are eligible to be considered for an annual Scribendi WRHC Award. WRHC awards are given to one work the judges consider to be outstanding in each of the categories of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography, and open media. Winners in each category receive $250. The winners are chosen by WRHC faculty members. 

Editors Choice

All undergraduate students submitting work to Scribendi are eligible for the Editors Choice Award. One award is given annually to a single work in any of the seven categories that represents exceptional merit. The Editors’ Choice Award is given by the editorial staff. This award is characterized by special recognition in the magazine only; no monetary award is given.

Staff Choice

All undergraduate students submitting work to Scribendi are eligible for the Staff Choice Award. Staff Choice Awards are given to works that the staff wishes to especially acknowledge for originality in content or style. These awards can be given in any of the seven categories. The Staff Choice Awards are chosen annually by each new Scribendi staff. This award consists of special recognition in the magazine only; no monetary award is given.