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Author Guidelines

Writers and Artists!  We want your work.

Beside the Point is an online and print creative writing journal published at Camosun, a community college. For our next issue, we want to know: what does "community” mean to you? Is it the place we live, the people we associate with, a feeling of inclusion we long for? We’d like to see these questions and more explored creatively. Do you have a narrator who struggles to belong? A group of characters torn apart by differences? A topic that could mobilize community? We seek a diversity of approaches and visions. Try us!


The fine print: 

  1. The deadline for submission is January 28, 2017. 

  2. Submit work that fits the theme, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. Surprise us. Give us perspectives, genres, or voices we didn’t expect. We will accept prose, poetry, images or a combination of all of the above; just keep in mind that your work may be reproduced in black and white.

  3. Please keep your submission under 2500 words OR 8 pages for comics. Dimensions of print issue will be 8.5" X 5.5." 

  4. Only one piece per writer or artist will be accepted to the journal, but that doesn’t mean you can submit only one thing. Have a few pieces you’re proud of? Why not submit them and let us choose which one fits best in the journal?




Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. A text submission is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF file format.

    An image submission is in .gif, .jpg, or .png file format.

  3. Written material is double-spaced in 12 point font and paginated. Your name and contact information have been removed from the manuscript.

  4. The text adheres to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Name and contact information will be entered in Step 3 on the Submission's Metadata screen.

  6. In Comments for the Editor (below), you have included a one to two sentence statement of how your submission addresses the theme of community.

Copyright Notice

©2017 Camosun College

Published by Camosun College English Department
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria BC. V8P 5J2

This publication is licensed under a Creative Commons License, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works

The text may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that credit is given to the original author.

Authors retain copyright of their work and grant the journal right of first publication.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Please contact for permission beyond the usage outlined in the Creative Commons license.


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