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 (500-1,200 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. 

Who can submit?

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

For complete submission guidelines, click here.

To see previous issues, click here.

Sextant encourages readers to submit letters or comments to, Sextant editor Peggy Dillon, associate professor of communications.

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