Alumni Epsilon Online Journal

In the spring of 2013 the Alumni Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta will launch the inaugural issue of the Alumni Epsilon Online Journal. Until now, members of Alumni Epsilon did not have an official Sigma Tau Delta publication outlet for their work. But no more!

Who is eligible to submit? All members of Sigma Tau Delta are members for life and become alumni upon graduation. Any Sigma Tau Delta member who is no longer classified as a student or faculty member may submit to the Alumni Epsilon Online Journal.

Submission Guidelines

Submission is open to all Sigma Tau alums. Undergraduate and graduate students currently active in a local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Chapter Sponsors, and faculty members are not eligible to submit.

Submissions are welcome from the following categories: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, personal essays, op-ed columns on issues related to English, and micro-prose pieces of five hundred words or less. Submissions must be unpublished. Only one submission from any given category will be allowed, with a maximum of two submissions total. A collection of up to three short poems or micro-prose pieces (five hundred words of less) will be counted as one submission. Contributors must not identify themselves in any way on any page of text.

Email submissions in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format (no .wps, .wpd, or .docx formatted documents please) to sigmatdapply@niu.edu with the subject line "Alumni Journal Submission(s)." Include in the body of the email the following statement: "[insert title of work] is an original work authored by me." The deadline for receiving submissions is midnight on December 9, 2012.

Document Formatting

  • Prose (fiction and non-fiction): Format submissions using Times font, 12-point, and 1 inch margins on all sides, free of typographical and grammatical errors. As much as is possible, double-space creative work. Titles should be no more than four spaces down from the top of the page and centered (avoid fancy fonts, bold letters, or underlining). Submissions should not exceed 2,500 words.
  • Poetry and Micro-prose: The submission may consist of one to three related pieces (five hundred words or less each). All pieces must be contained in one document file. If you are submitting a collection of pieces, create a new page for each piece within the document file. Format submissions using Times font,12-point, free of typographical and grammatical errors. Titles for the individual piece(s) should be no more than four spaces down from the top of the page and centered (avoid bold letters or underlining).

Remember, because of the potential volume of submissions, it is the author's responsibility to make sure that the document is formatted properly.

Questions regarding the online submission process should be directed to sigmatd.ae@gmail.com.

Acceptance Notification

Contributors will receive email notification by the end of February of acceptance or denial. Only following acceptance will authors of accepted submissions be asked to submit a biography to be included in the publication. The email address you use to submit will be the address at which you will be contacted for this information. A printed copy of the Alumni Epsilon Online Journal will be distributed at the 2013 International Convention and will subsequently be published online during the first two weeks of April.