Sample Call for Student Papers Letter to Faculty

Dear Faculty,

I would like to introduce myself as the General Editor of Symposium. As you know, Symposium is unique; it is the first and only journal in the United States dedicated to Great Books essays written by community college students. Symposium provides our students with a publishing opportunity in a nationally recognized journal. Symposiumís value has been validated; the second issue was favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and won a national award from Columbia University. Symposiumís unique cultural contribution demonstrates the strength of our Great Books Program and our emphasis on working together as partner institutions.

We have the opportunity to create an outstanding intellectual journal that exhibits our students as scholars. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, we have the opportunity to "teach the Ivies a thing or two" and we should not let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

I encourage you to nominate student papers for inclusion in Symposium. This fallís theme, The Good Life, is broad enough to cover diverse sources and academic disciplines. I have included general guidelines regarding submissions below, a Contributor Information Sheet, and a Release Form, but please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

In addition to submitting your studentsí articles, I hope that you will consider working with me on Symposium in the spring. Please consider contributing an essay to Symposium or volunteering your editing skills! By working together, we can highlight "the best that has been thought and said." Most importantly, please encourage your students to submit their work!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Student papers must be nominated by an Instructor or Professor
  • Submissions should include the studentís name, professorís name, a title, and the course in which the work was submitted
  • Submissions should be sent electronically as a Word document
  • Students must complete the Contributor Information Sheet and sign the Release Form (attached); please make additional copies as needed
  • Students will not be paid for publishing in Symposium


Sarah Bowman
Symposium Editor, English Department

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