'C Vase' by Jim Davis-Rosenthal
C Vase, by Jim Davis-Rosenthal, 1999.




STANDARDS invites submissions for our upcoming issue, titled "Revolutions."

Volume 7, No. 2 of STANDARDS will be shaped around examining the changes and questionable stalemates in contemporary cultural studies. The underlying question for this venture might be understood as: "What is revolution(ary)?"

Most of us who have labored in cultural studies — as artists, poets, writers, educators, and/or activists — know that the terrain of what is considered "culture" is changing, on a global level. The questions remain: "How much?" and "Is it enough?"

What was once truly "cutting edge" in art and politics may seem less than mainstream, for many of us. How do we now stand in the place where we are best able to use our abilities to bring about positive cultural change?

As always, we at STANDARDS remain focused on the interplay and interstices between ethnicity, race, and color; between economic "class" and access; between regionalism and mobility; between social gender roles, sexuality, and sexual practices; and between education and learning.

We are also interested in reviewing submissions exploring the following themes: intercultural/pancultural politics; forms of "achievement"; models of leadership in various communities throughout the world; conflicts and resolutions between "justice" and legalities; social norms and expectations versus personal realities; and the many ways in which the arts, both visual and literary, impact our worlds.

We shall continue to review submissions of poetry, fiction, drama, mixed media, visual arts, scholarship, and educational materials.

All prospective contributors to STANDARDS are encouraged to read both our submissions policy, below, and our mission statement.

STANDARDS is an online electronic journal. We do not publish a print version. However, all current and past issues are available online at our index homepage.




Submissions must:

  • be previously unpublished, if unsolicited

  • be fewer than 30 pages for prose submissions (one prose/fiction submission per author only, please)

  • list the title of the piece and author's name with each submission

  • provide the author's name, email address, postal address, phone number, and category of submission

  • be available for potential publication in V7N2 of STANDARDS. Simultaneous entries to various publications are acceptable, but if anything other than one-time, nonexclusive rights to the work have been granted to another publication, the author must notify our offices immediately in writing to withdraw the submission to STANDARDS

  • be sent as an email enquiry or ASCII attachment, with the subject line "SUBMISSION," to the email link listed below.



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    STANDARDS annually invites publishers of small, independent presses to participate in our Best of the Small Presses Award competition.

    Publishers may submit their catalogs for our editors' choice of review; alternately, ten (10) individual titles chosen by the publishing house may be submitted. Our staff reads each selection, and often takes the book(s) into a university classroom setting, to gather further opinions and to advise our readers as to whether the book might work well as required college reading.

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