Organization: Vassar College
The Vassar Review is a literary magazine published annually by Vassar College.
The aim of the Vassar Review is to showcase intellectual and creative pursuits across all artistic disciplines, ultimately fostering a community between faculty and students within Vassar College and between peer publications and active artists outside of the college. Vassar currently lacks a literary publication that merges its creative departments, or that has national and international ambitions.
The Vassar Review entered the literary scene in 1927 and subsequently published many important writers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, Richard Wilbur, and John Updike, and intermittently enjoyed a national circulation until its discontinuation in 1993. During those years it remained a literary journal that students crafted with the support of faculty, endeavoring to reflect the values and concerns of our institution while also remaining open to national currents. It challenged itself to look inward as it also looked outward and forward.
The sixth edition of the Vassar Review is a meditation on the cruel cyclicality of our present moment. How do the circumstances in which we find ourselves seem to simultaneously reflect the past and the future? The consequences of the pandemic have been both tragic and enlightening. We have been forced to reckon with the reality that our social institutions are provisional—they have been and can be replaced—though these new iterations, more often than not, resemble their defective past forms. In the midst of our bleak confinement, however, Toni Morrison turns on a light. She asks us whether this worldly chaos is less of an unstoppable ‘flood’ and instead merely a means of finding our way home, like a drop of water surging, by memory, back to its source.
The journal is released annually in the spring in print and online. We will be accepting submissions relating to the theme of “Cycle & Circumstance” from November 12th, 2020 until January 15th, 2021.
We accept a range of work including poetry, prose, sculpture, soundscapes, performance, scripts, visual and digital media, and beyond. Bilingual texts and excerpts from longer dramatic works such as screenplays and graphic novels are also considered. We do not accept works previously published in print but will consider previously exhibited visual work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but require that artists notify editors if the work has been accepted elsewhere. All contributors retain copyright over their individual works.
Please submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2021.
The Vassar Review