About the Review
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 VIII, SWING, 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.
The theme of Volume VIII is SWING, a word that invites all manner of exploration, from porch swings to mood swings, from swing music to swing votes. Below, you will find a letter from the editor that suggests a number of other ideas, and a link to our online submission program.
Deadline is Sunday, November 18, 11:59 p.m.
Explore Past Issues
2015 Annual Reading and Reception
A lovely evening each year for our community to comes together to chat and share their current work. Click through the slideshow!
Letter from the Editor: Theme of Current Volume
We’re very excited about our theme for Volume VIII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review; perhaps it’s that spring is taking such a long time to arrive here in Lancaster and we all feel ready for something, well, that swings!
The word offers all kind of options—from porch swings to mood swings, from swing music to swing votes—although its basic definition is to “move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.”
And “to cause to move or face in an alternate direction”—perhaps a new direction.
There’s also “cause to move vigorously in a wide arc or circle,” as one does when one swings a golf club, or swings an arm, or swings an ax—or a knife.
A door swings open. We swing aboard a train. Laundry swings from a line.
In its noun form we have “a change in attitude or behavior” and “a free and swaying movement.” One of the things we like about this word is that it contains meanings of other themes we considered, including “wave” and “current” and “turn” and even “face.”
We are familiar with swing also as an adjective: capable of deciding the outcome, as in swing vote. Also to have a steady pulsing beat—one of the most delightful forms of music, and of dance:
And how about the vernacular meanings: “to die by hanging,” to be “lively” and “up to date,” and “swapping sexual partners.” Idioms associated with the word include be in full swing, get into the swing, take a swing, no room to swing a cat.
SWING comes from Middle English: to beat, fling, hurl; from Old English and akin to Old High German swingan: to beat, rush, fling oneself.
Submissions are now open! Deadline is Nov 15th, 2018. To see guidelines and browse past online flipbooks, visit the Alumni Arts Review page on the F&M website.
Ready to submit? Head to Submittable.com.
Questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing your—swinging—work!
Sands Hall, Editor
& the Editorial Board of the F&M Alumni Arts Review
WHEN TO SUBMIT
Submissions are accepted between April 16 and November 15, 2017.
WHO CAN SUBMIT?
Alumni of Franklin & Marshall College.
WHAT TO SUBMIT?
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 VII is TEMPER.
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.
HOW TO SUBMIT?
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.
Submit via UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
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
WHO CAN SUBMIT TO THE REVIEW?
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.
DOES IT COST MONEY TO SUBMIT TO THE REVIEW?
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.
DO I GET PAID IF MY WORK IS PUBLISHED IN THE REVIEW?
No, you do not. You do receive two copies of the Review.
DO YOU ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS?
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.
CAN I GET A COPY OF THE REVIEW?
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).
WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS ABOUT WHO GETS PUBLISHED?
The Review’s editorial board meets to deliberate about the works that are published in the pages and on the website of the Review.
WILL I GET EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY WRITING OR IS IT PUBLISHED AS-IS?
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.
WHAT TO SUBMIT:
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.
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.
Support Via U.S. Mail
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
Thank you for your support!