2023-24 Call for Submissions

Phoenix Rhetorix: Elon Journal of Exemplary First-Year Writing

How can writing be used to think through tough problems facing individuals and communities? Particularly in a context in which machines can produce convincing content, how do we prioritize the value of individual perspectives, distinctive voices, and diverse identities? How does the human act of writing provide authentic insights into persistent problems or challenge conventional perceptions?

This year’s issue of Phoenix Rhetorix will publish work that explores the capacity of writing to represent what it means to be human. We aim to highlight student work that does one or more of the following:

  • Seeks to understand the variety of human experiences;
  • Thoughtfully considers personal biases and/or identities;
  • Demonstrates excellent research practices;
  • Takes risks in genre and/or is experimental in voice or style;
  • Advocates for change to improve the local and global community.

Phoenix Rhetorix invites submissions that have been produced in any genre—ranging from personal reflections to creative explorations and from research essays to digital artwork. Projects of various lengths, approaches, and forms are welcome.

To submit an entry to the contest and for publication in the journal, fill out the Submissions Form. Students are welcome to submit your own work and we highly encourage faculty to submit excellent student work. The submissions deadline for Fall 2023 is 11:59 PM on December 15, 2023, and the deadline for Spring 2024 submission is 11:59 PM on May 27, 2024.

For additional information and submission guidelines, please visit Phoenix Rhetorix.