Watermark Journal – Submission Guidelines


Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric, composition, and literature of all genres and periods—see our Call for Papers. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Digital rhetoric in the media age

-Gendered, cultural, racial, and economic borders and transitions

-Ecological aesthetics and artistic forms

-Reconsidering regional and/or sentimental literature

-Investigations of Medieval and Renaissance texts

-The construction of minimalism

-(Re)configuring the colonial experience

-Dissident ideas and official voices

-Issues of identity, discipline, and excess

-The ethnicity of pastiche

-Critical perspectives on contemporary popular culture

We are currently in the process of publishing Watermark 17. Submissions for publication are being accepted from December 12, 2022 – March 27, 2023. Please see the information below for submission requirements. 

Submission Requirements

All submissions must include a 250 word abstract and cover page that includes your name, phone number, email address, essay title, and short biography (no more than 2 sentences). All submissions should be no less than 6 pages and must be typed in current MLA format with standard 12-point font. Do not include your name in the essay document itself, as it will be reviewed by a blind peer-review panel. Email papers and all other required documents as separate Word attachments, with the subject headings as “Watermark 2023.” 

Please direct submissions and/or other questions to: csulbwatermarkjournal@gmail.com