May I submit more than one essay or poem?
Poets may submit up to three poems.
Other authors may submit up to two essays, provided those essays represent different fields within the humanities. For example, an author could not submit two literature essays for consideration, but he or she might submit one literature essay and one history essay.
No more than one essay or poem per author will be published in any given issue.
Why do you have a word count requirement?
The VHR seeks to publish high-quality, original research from undergraduate students. We are thus looking for in-depth work, and our word count requirement reflects that.
Essays from undergraduates should be 3,000 to 6,000 words. With standard font and spacing, the word count requirements translate to roughly nine to eighteen pages; be sure, however, to use your word processor’s “word count” feature to verify your word count prior to sending in your submission as essays outside these parameters will be returned unread.
Students submitting entries for the High School Scholarship contest should contribute an essay between 2,500 and 6,000 words.
What should my essay be about?
The VHR has no topic requirements. Your essay must originate from a humanities field such as literature, languages, linguistics, history, philosophy, religion, art, or film. We do have the capacity to include essays in the Spanish or German languages.
What is “Chicago Style?”
Different disciplines use different formats for the presentation of information from sources. Chicago style is commonly used for academic journals in the humanities.
Check your library’s reference section for the Chicago Manual of Style. In the meantime, online resources like this one can serve to get you started: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html