Submissions Guide

Overview

Animus accepts work from a variety of different mediums, including academic papers, translations, creative writing, and visual art, both to our blog and journal. 

You may submit up to three pieces to Animus per academic school year, with no more than two in any category of submission (academic papers, creative pieces, translations). 

All submissions must be completely anonymized. We ask that you remove any identifying information your submission may contain, including but not limited to your name, the name of your school, course titles, and names of professors, mentors, or peers. Our review process relies on the anonymity of pieces. 

All pieces that make use of outside sources, including academic papers and creative essays, must cite their sources in Chicago format. If you are unfamiliar with Chicago formatting, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style.

Submission Types

Read the requirements for specific submission types for our journal and blog.

Animus publishes academic papers of a length not to exceed 5,000 words. Footnotes and a works cited section must be included in your submission. 

Papers to be considered for the journal must make use of secondary scholarship. Papers that appear in the journal are generally at least 2,000 words, though more concise papers are not strictly disallowed.

You may submit papers written for a class or research program; however, your paper must stand on its own as an academic argument. Undergraduate theses and BA papers are welcomed, as are shortened/excerpted versions of any paper exceeding the word count. 

Papers to be considered for the blog do not necessarily need to be formal in tone or subject matter; they may be of any length. Blog papers may make use of secondary scholarship, but it is not required.

You must submit your work in .doc or .docx format. 

Animus accepts translations of prose or poetry relating to the Ancient Mediterranean world and its reception, publishing them in both our journal and our blog. Prose and poetry submissions must not exceed 1,000 words, and poetry must be under 100 lines. The heading of the piece must clearly and precisely cite the original material by a standard convention. If possible, please include the original work in the same document with or alongside your translation of it.

Authors are welcome to include a translator’s note of no more than 300 words, either before or after the piece. This will by default not be published, but will aid in review. Please submit your work in .doc or .docx format.

If interested in submitting a translation from a language other than Latin or Greek, or for a target language other than English, please contact us at animus@uchicago.edu.

We accept creative writing, including but not limited to poetry, satire, scripts or screenplays, and Classics-related op-eds. Submissions for this category should not exceed 1,200 words.  Please submit your work in .doc or .docx format.

We accept drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other forms of visual art for publication in Animus.  Artists are welcome to include a statement of no more than 300 words to accompany the piece, which may or may not be published alongside the piece. Please submit your work in high-resolution .jpg or .png format.

If a piece you are considering submitting does not fall into any of these categories, please contact us at animus@uchicago.edu.

Blog Submission Information

Pieces submitted for consideration for the blog should follow the same general guidelines as journal pieces: they must be fully anonymized and must cite any sources used in Chicago style.

Additionally, the guidelines for creative pieces (both visual and written) and translations are the same as for the journal. We especially encourage submission of work to the blog that is informal or takes a lighthearted tone, or work that is presented in a format better suited to online publication than print.

If you are unsure whether your piece would be better suited to publication on the blog or the journal, please reach out to us at animus@uchicago.edu, and we will try our best to assist you.

Submission Eligibility

Animus accepts submissions exclusively from students pursuing undergraduate degrees or equivalent.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline for the journal is October 20th. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect to be notified by late November whether their work has been selected for publication, either unconditionally or with revisions requested. Submissions made past the deadline will be considered for the next review cycle.

How to Submit

Please fill out this form by October 20th to submit your work for consideration in the journal.

Please fill out this form at any time to submit your work for consideration in the online blog.

Questions

Any further questions about submissions guidelines and the selection process can be sent to animus@uchicago.edu.

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