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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Papers must have been written within the past five (5) years by an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria in any department.
  • Each student may submit up to one (1) paper to the ACADEMIC section of the journal; one (1) creative submission per student is also encouraged.
  • Outstanding submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Papers must be on a topic in Francophone studies, but you do not need to be a French student to submit.
  • The journal will be published using the Chicago Manual of Style citation style. However, any style is acceptable for submission.
  • Academic papers must be between 500 and 3000 words.
  • Creative pieces must be between 100 and 2000 words.
  • Creative submissions must be written in French. Academic submissions may be written in either language.

Author Guidelines

Guillemets is in search of academic and creative works for its first edition in Spring 2020.

Every year, French Undergrads publishes a peer-reviewed student journal, featuring the creative and academic work of undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Our publication displays students' exceptional analysis in a variety of topics from the Francophone world, such as literature and poetry, film, linguistics, and theatre. Five to six academic works will be published in each edition. The deadline of submission for the Spring 2020 edition is the 31st of January, 2020. 

Please send all submissions as a Word.docx to Please remove your name and student number from within the document you submit. Your email subject-line must be in the following format: LAST NAME, NAME: ESSAY TITLE, ACADEMIC or CREATIVE. If you have questions as to which category your paper falls under, please contact us at

Example: Falstaff, John: Syntactic Structures in Rural Quebecois French, Academic.

Additional Academic Submission Requirements :

-       Priority (but not exclusivity) will be given to essays in French.

-       Papers must be on a topic in Francophone studies, but you do not need to be a French student to submit.

-       Papers must be between 500 and 3000 words.

Additional Academic Submission Requirements :

-       Creative pieces must be between 100 and 2000 words. 

-       No specific format is required. All creative texts will be considered (poetry, fictional stories, extracts from novels, theatrical texts, etc.) 

-        No visual-art pieces will be included in the journal.

-       All submissions must be written in French.

-       Pieces written on all topics will be considered.


All articles meeting the criteria are put through a two-round peer-reviewing process, composed of a double-blind review and a review by committee. Authors whose works are selected for publication will then be teamed up with a copy-editor. 

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