Contributor Information

Type of Content: Sextant presents the research, scholarship, and creative activity of Salem State faculty, librarians, staff, and administrators. We accept submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year; Sextant is published once a year and distributed in September. Sextant is concerned first and foremost with the quality of expression exhibited in a work, and not in the genre of work itself. Our goal is to have quality content across a breadth of disciplines, so please do not be afraid to innovate in your submissions.

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 no more than three poems at a time. 

Artwork: (drawings, paintings, prints, etc.) We will consider a single work or a “portfolio.” Artwork must be submitted in a digital photograph format and should be at least 300 dpi resolution. 

Photography: We will consider a single work or a “portfolio.” Artwork must be submitted in a digital photograph format and should be at least 300 dpi resolution. 

Reports: We will consider reports (500 -1200 words) which are usually written to convey a story or inform the reader of new initiatives or recent developments in your research field. They are usually written in a balanced, news style approach with some analytical content, but other styles will be considered: e.g., case study, research report, recounting a personal experience, etc. Shorter reports normally do not have endnotes. 

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

Book Reviews: Please contact Sextant’s editor before embarking on a book review for the journal. 

Blog: Sextant also invites submissions to its blog feature (available fall 2012). For further information, please email sextant@salemstate.edu with the subject ''Blog Submission.''

Who can submit?

  • Faculty—tenured, tenure track, part-time, temporary, adjunct
  • Librarians
  • Staff
  • Administrators

Complete submission guidelines

Sextant encourages readers to submit letters or comments to:
Sextant, Editor
c/o History Department
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01970

Letters may be published and edited according to space.
Articles may be reprinted with permission of the editor.