Learn about the various student journals in the College of Humanities and how you can join them!
Ever wanted to be a published author? Now’s your chance! BYU’s College of Humanities is home to a wide variety of student journals that feature everything from sci-fi to literary criticism, and they need your help! There are two ways to get involved: submitting your own work or volunteering as an editor or designer. You can submit anything from creative writing to academic articles depending on what journal you’re interested in! Alternately, just about every journal is eager to give students real-world experience designing and publishing a quality journal. Some journals even offer class credit. No experience is necessary; you’ll learn what you need to while volunteering. Check out the list below to see which journal you’d be interested in joining or submitting to!
Named after the most common vowel sound, Schwa focuses on linguistics and language. If you love analyzing language mechanics, then Schwa is for you. As you sort through submissions, you’ll learn about editing according to The Chicago Manual of Style and gain knowledge on topics such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. If you’ve written about research for a linguistics class, consider submitting that work for publication.
Asian Studies Student Journal
If you find yourself drawn to Asian culture, then BYU’s Asian Studies Student Journal (formerly known as the Rice Papers) would love to share your passion with other students. It covers a huge variety of topics related to Asian countries, including history, literature, culture, and more. Your obsession with K-pop or fascination with kimchi could become a riveting article with a little work.
Studia Antiqua (Classical Studies)
Studia Antiqua accepts the research of graduate and undergraduate students regarding the study of the ancient world, but it specializes in publishing research about classical subjects, ancient Near Eastern subjects, and biblical scholarship. Studia Antiqua also accepts book reviews of scholarly publications that have been published in the last five years (so long as the book relates to the ancient world). While the ancient world may be long gone, the study of it is here to stay at Studia Antiqua.
Criterion (Literary Criticism)
Those who crave a good book review will feel right at home with Criterion, the journal of literary criticism published by the English Department. It is a semiannual journal dedicated to publishing excellent literary analysis and criticism produced by undergraduate and master’s students.
Inscape (Creative Writing)
Inscape encourages aspiring authors and artists to submit their work for publication. Inscape specializes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art, publishing twice a year. The word “inscape” comes from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ idea that the introspection of a poet is embodied through his or her poetry, and this journal strives to publish introspective and thought-provoking works of literature. Volunteers for the journal can receive credit for their efforts if they sign up for English 394R.
Leading Edge (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
Published twice a year, Leading Edge accepts submissions of speculative fiction. It is entirely volunteer run and has featured the work of M. Shayne Bell, Dave Wolverton, and Brandon Sanderson. Students can submit their work or join the staff to help produce a fantastical journal.
Lingua Romana (French, Italian & Romanian)
Lingua Romana focuses on publishing articles that pertain to French, Italian, or Romanian literature, culture, or linguistics. Interviews with researchers or creators that pertain to these topics are also featured, along with reviews of media in these categories. Not only does the journal discuss French, Italian, and Romanian, but articles may also be published in any of these languages or English, according to the author’s preference.
Americana (American Studies)
Any academic paper written around an aspect of American culture may be considered for publication, so Americana accepts submissions from just about every subject area. An environmental science major and a fine arts major could be published side by side, allowing Americana to discuss all facets of what it means to be American.
Published twice yearly, Aporia is an undergraduate journal of philosophy. Submissions include well-written papers on any philosophical topic. Short critical analyses of previously published articles from Aporia are also accepted.
AWE (Global Women’s Studies)
AWE stands for A Woman’s Experience. Published by the College of Humanities and the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, AWE explores all aspects of a women’s experience in higher education and elsewhere. Experiences from all disciplines are encouraged. Submission types include research, poetry, visual art, and essay, but the journal also welcomes submissions in unique formats that showcase the female experience.