Contributor Information

Sextant: The Journal of Salem State University presents the research, scholarship and creative activity of Salem State faculty, librarians, staff and administrators. The Sextant is scheduled to be published once a year; the deadline for the next issue is December 15, 2016.

Sextant is concerned first and foremost with the quality of expression exhibited in a work. Our goal is to have quality content across a breadth of disciplines, appealing to a general audience. Sextant’s audience includes current faculty, librarians, staff, administrators, and students as well as alumni, candidates for positions at Salem State, and the North Shore community. Consider for publication in Sextant: preparatory research for a new piece; exploratory work on a new topic or area; a previously completed piece revised for a new audience; the development of a strand that you had to leave out of another piece; and crossovers between academic and creative work. Please do not submit a piece written in the style required by a refereed academic journal; the writing style of your Sextant submission should be informative yet engaging, and readable and accessible for a wide variety of readers.

Scholarly Articles: We will consider submissions of approximately 4,000 words or less. Scholarly articles must be lively, well-written and accessible to a non-expert readership.

Fiction: We will consider submissions of approximately 4,000 words or less. Flash fiction and short-shorts are welcome. No novel excerpts, please, unless they can stand alone as short stories.

Nonfiction: We will consider submissions of approximately 4,000 words or less for literary nonfiction, creative personal essays, and lyric essays.

Poetry: We will consider up to three poems from a single author per issue.

Artwork (drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, etc.): We will consider a single work or a “portfolio.” Also feel free to submit photos or other artwork to accompany a written submission. Artwork must be submitted in a digital photograph format (preferably TIFF, although JPEG is acceptable) and should be at least 300 dpi resolution.

Archival Material: We will consider curated archival material from the Salem State University archives.

Notes: We will consider notes (up to 500 words) intended to inform busy readers about interesting topics in your research field that can be summarized quickly.

Book Reviews: Please contact Sextant Editor Peggy Dillon at for guidelines before embarking on a book review. 

Who can submit?

The Sextant welcomes submissions from Salem State University faculty (tenured, tenure track, part-time, temporary, and adjunct), librarians, staff and administrators.

Submission process and instructions

Please email submissions for the 2017 issue to Sextant editor Peggy Dillon, associate professor of communications. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with Sextant; check out past issues online.

All submissions must be original and cannot have been published elsewhere. The Sextant does not accept material that has previously been published in print or online.

All references should also be as numbered endnotes in Chicago style.

Your cover letter should include your submission title, a short explanation of your submission, contact information (phone and email), a bio of up to 60 words (which includes your affiliation with Salem State University), and a high-resolution head shot with the name of the person who took the photo. 

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point black font, left aligned.

Please submit your manuscript as a .doc or .docx file. Please submit artwork as a TIFF or JPEG file that is at least 300 dpi resolution.

Review policy and process

Receipt of submission will be acknowledged by email within a week of the submission date. All submissions that meet the guidelines will be subject to peer review. Decisions will be made by the Editor and members of the editorial board by March 2017.