About the Review

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The F&M Alumni Arts Review is a printed publication, with a web presence, that presents literary and visual works by Franklin & Marshall alumni. We invite you to browse through online flipbooks of previous issues, read the letter from Editor Sands Hall regarding the theme for Volume Six: CONTACT, and learn more about how to submit your work, below.

It’s an “arts” review for a reason: F&M is proud that as a College it continues the fine tradition of a classic liberal arts education. The word "arts" in this case does not just mean the fine arts, or the literary arts; rather, it refers to educational disciplines that are considered essential if one is to be an effective citizen of the world. These include the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

As alumni of F&M, you engaged in many forms of these “arts." You may have delved into a fine art or a dramatic art or a literary art. Above all, you learned to express yourself and your ideas effectively.

Many of you are still doing so, and one of the ideas behind the Review is that you might be delighted with an opportunity to re-engage with the invigoration such explorations offer. If these expressions manifest as artwork—paintings, drawings, photographs (even photographs of your three dimensional work), or in written form—stories, essays, poems, plays, we hope you’ll consider submitting your work to the F&M Alumni Arts Review.

We also hope the Review will keep you engaged, or will re-engage you with your alma mater. As you browse the images and poems and stories in the online flipbooks of past volumes, you might also discover what some of your fellow F&M alums are up to. Whether you are an aspiring writer/artist, an established one, or simply want to try your hand at publication, we are most interested in seeing and reading your work.

In Volume Six we are examining the idea of CONTACT. It’s a concept that can be broadly applied, and we look forward to seeing your particular interpretation.

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Letter from the Editor: Theme of Current Volume

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April, 2016

Dear Alumni—

We’re very excited to share with you the theme for the Alumni Arts Review, Volume VI:


CONTACT is the state or condition that exists when two people or things physically touch each other, the dictionary tells us, and adds, the state that exists when people see and communicate with each other. Thus, CONTACT may incorporate love, nature, violence, sports, parenting, war, sex, astronomy and a dozen other topics—including electricity—and of course every kind of metaphor attached to the above.

CONTACT can be a person serving as a go between, or as a source of special information. It’s also a verb (we are, as it happens, contacting you with this letter), as well as an adjective (contact sports).

Then there’s Michelangelo’s depiction of a major Contact, swirling in a mass of clouds and putti, reaching toward Adam, who seems to barely have the energy to stretch a forefinger to touch the hand that holds the spark of life.  (But we all know what happens next.)

In its Latin roots lie much beauty as well as a perfect definition: con (a variant of com: together, with) + tangere (to touch): to touch together, to touch with. 

Submissions are now open! You can leaf through online flipbooks of past issues, and find Submission Guidelines here on the website. Or, head directly to our online submission program, www.submittable.com. Deadline is November 15th, 2016.  

We are so looking forward to see how you explore contact in your poems and stories, photographs and essays, sculptures and plays and songs.


Sands Hall, Editor

& the Editorial Board of the F&M Alumni Arts Review

Submission Guidelines

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Submissions are accepted between April 10 and November 15, 2016.


Alumni of Franklin & Marshall College.


Submissions should be previously unpublished works of FICTION, NONFICTION/ESSAYS, POETRY, SHORT PLAYS; and ARTWORK: paintings, drawings, and photographs—visual art that is two-dimensional in nature; and INTERVIEWS. The theme for Volume VI is CONTACT.


NONFICTION/MEMOIR/ESSAYS: The editors of the Review are interested in personal essays as well as informative ones. This is not the place, however, for an academic work that is limited to a particular audience or that is footnoted/in-text referenced. We’re looking for essays that are interdisciplinary, well written, and which appeal to a wide readership. Limit 3,500 words (we will look at longer pieces but chances of publication diminish). Manuscripts should be double spaced, using a 12 point font.

FICTION: Most fiction selected for publication in the Review is in the form of short stories. Short-shorts are also intriguing to us, and we will look at novel excerpts only if the submitted piece is complete and self-contained. Limit 3,500 words (we will look at longer pieces but chances of publication diminish). Manuscripts should be double spaced, using a 12 point font.

POETRY: We’re interested in poems of any length and aesthetic bent. A poetry submission may consist of one to five poems, depending on length; the poems should be typed, one poem per page(s).

PLAYWRITING: The Review will consider short playscripts, both self-contained scenes and one-acts; these should be properly formatted. Limit: 3,500 words, including stage directions.

VISUAL ART: In addition to a piece of cover art, we'll consider for publication photography, paintings, and drawings. A Visual Art submission may comprise up to 10 images. We accept .jpeg or .gif or .tiff. Photographs should be at least 72 dpi for submission purposes; if accepted, we'll ask for at least 300 dpi; minimum size 1800 x 1800 pixels.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews conducted for publication in the Review are done at the request of the Editors; however, we are happy to entertain your ideas. If you have a particular artist you’d like us to interview, please let us know. If you’d like to conduct the interview yourself, write us the particulars, as well as your experience and an example if you have one, and the editorial board will take it under consideration.


A cover letter that includes: author/artist name, author/artist bio (less than 250 words), author/artist phone and email.


Note: Due to F&M’s ever-growing efforts in the directions of sustainability, we prefer you submit your work via our online submission manager. However, we also understand that not everyone is online, so we do accept work via the United States Postal service. If you do submit work via USPO, be sure to include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. If we do not receive an SASE we will recycle your pages (and in the case of artists, your CD).

Send your submission, including your cover letter and bio (see above), to the Review:

Submit via our online submission manager.

This prompts you through the steps of the submission process. You’ll find it very straightforward. Use the “cover letter” to let us know a bit about you, and please be sure to include a short bio.


Editor, F&M Arts Review
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
Franklin & Marshall College
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA  17604-3003

NOTE: Unless you enclose a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope, we recycle.

We do consider simultaneous submissions, but request that the author/artist let us know immediately if their work is accepted elsewhere.


If your work is selected to appear in the F&M Alumni Arts Review, we have First American serial rights only. All rights revert to the author upon publication. We do ask if the author/artist reprints work that first appeared in our pages that The Franklin & Marshall Alumni Arts Review be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.

We look forward to seeing and reading your work!

Editorial Board, The F&M Alumni Arts Review

Frequently Asked Questions

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All F&M alumni, including the most recently graduating class, are encouraged to send us their work. You are considered an alum if you spent at least two full years at the College. We are interested in your essays, stories, poetry, and artwork. In the spirit of the ideals and teachings of a liberal arts education, alumni from all disciplines—not just English and the arts—are encouraged to submit to the Review. See submission guidelines.



We are happy to receive support with a gift of any size to help us in our work. But no, there is no charge to submit to the F&M Alumni Arts Review.


No, you do not. You do receive two copies of the Review.


The Review will consider simultaneous submissions, but requests that you let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. In regard to sending us multiple examples of your work: We accept just one submission per author/artist at a time. If your first submitted work is not accepted, you are welcome to submit again.


Absolutely! Copies of the Review may be ordered as long as they are available. You just need to give us your mailing address. There is no charge, but we’re grateful for gifts of any size to support the Review (see below).


The Review’s editorial board meets to deliberate about the works that are published in the pages and on the website of the Review.


Editor Sands Hall, often in consultation with other members of the Editorial Board, offers most writers and poets some editorial comments and suggestions for revision.


Submissions should be previously unpublished works of Fiction, Nonfiction/Essays, Poetry, Playscripts; Interviews; and Visual Arts: paintings, drawings, and photographs—visual art that is two-dimensional in nature. See the submission guidelines, above.


Support the Review

There is no cost to submit to the F&M Alumni Arts Review. But we are happy to receive support with a gift of any size to help us in our work.

Support Online
To make a secure online donation in support of the F&M Alumni Arts Review, go to Franklin & Marshall’s secure online giving page and follow these steps:

1. Complete contact information.
2. Fill in your gift amount.
3. Choose "Other" from the dropdown list under the designation.
4. Type in "F&M Alumni Arts Review" in the special instructions box.

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Make checks payable to “Franklin & Marshall College,” and designate “F&M Alumni Arts Review” in the memo line of the check. Send to the address below:

Franklin & Marshall College
Office of College Advancement
Attn: Gift Accounting
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604

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Editor, F&M Alumni Arts Review
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604

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