Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

Confluence is a national, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) that reflects the best scholarly and creative work produced within and beyond AGLSP member institutions. Publishing scholarly essays and creative work such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art, Confluence stands as a demonstration of and an inspiration to the kind of interdisciplinary engagement that is constitutive of a liberal education, while emphasizing the fundamental relations that transcend the boundaries of discipline and form that must be engaged and explored.

Submissions are welcome year-round, and will be reviewed promptly after receipt. Authors will generally be notified of the verdict on their work within four to six weeks, with publication often soon thereafter.

For complete submission instructions, please visit the Instructions for Authors page.

AGLSP Confluence Submission Guidelines

Did you know The Association for Graduate Liberal Studies, or AGLSP, has their own publication called Confluence?  This is a wonderful publishing opportunity for MALS and IDS students.  For more information about the publication, check out their homepage.  Here are their submission guidelines:

Confluence welcomes manuscripts from (1) students, (2) faculty, and (3) graduates of AGLSP member programs, including essays, research papers, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art pieces, and photography.  The journal also accepts book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Arts Community.  Students, faculty, and graduates who are not members of the AGLSP may submit if they establish AGLSP individual membership.  Note:  Alumni are allowed to submit within one year’s time following completion of their graduate degree programs.  To submit beyond this time, one must establish individual AGLSP membership.  See Membership for instructions.

Style Guidelines:

*          Prose manuscripts may be up to 20 double-spaced pages, including bibliography, tables, images, and endnotes.   Poetry should be single-spaced, with each poem limited to 10 pages.  No more than one work of prose, three poems, three art pieces, or three photographs.  You may submit in two genres.  All work must be your original creation.

*          The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style:  please consult the manual when composing your manuscript.  Use endnotes as opposed to footnotes.  Endnotes should appear directly following the text.

*          12 pt. type, Times New Roman Style

*          The editors must insist that each writer takes care in preparing the manuscript.  Style (italicization, bold underlining, etc.) should be consistent throughout the manuscript such as in the treatment of book titles and foreign words.  Proofread careful for possible errors of any sort, noting especially any foreign or highly technical words or phrases.

*          The first page of your manuscript should begin with the title of the piece, followed by the author’s/authors’ names(s).  The manuscript should follow with no page headers/footers or any other designations.  Please number your pages.  Manuscript should allow for 1” margins.

*          All text, including tables, must be incorporated into the body of the manuscript.  Any graphic material such as photographs or diagrams should be submitted as separate digital files (jpeg.pdf.tff.).  The dimensions of graphics should be no greater than 4.25 inches wide by 6/5 inches high with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater.  The placement of graphic material must be clearly indicated in the body of the manuscript.

*          Prepare a short biographical statement as a separate document.  The biographical statement should be from three to five sentences in length and should include the author’s institutional and program affiliation.  After the biographical statement, also include full phone, email, and mailing information.

*          Submit manuscript and biographical statement files to in Windows format, Word document, by email to the editor.  In the Subject section of the email, state “Confluence Submission” and the title of your submission.  Your submission will be acknowledged by e-mail and will be under review and consideration for approximately three months.  All rights return to the author of the original work.

Gary D. Swaim, Editor-in-Chief

Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

Southern Methodist University

P.O. Box 750253

Dallas, TX 75275-0253

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE OCTOBER CONFLUENCE HAS PASSED.  Check the AGLSP Confluence webpage for next submission opportunity.



Now in its fourth year, these awards recognize the outstanding writing emerging from GLS students and recent alumni. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012. Criteria are attached. See the attached flyer for full details. Please direct questions to editor Ken Smith,

The awards will be presented at the 2012 Annual Conference (THE CRISIS OF THE BOOK: WORLDS OF OPPORTUNITY, WORLDS OF CHANGE), October 18-20, 2012, in Portland, Oregon, hosted by Reed College. Watch the website for proposal guidelines, to be posted this month.

Deadline for Confluence Submissions Extended to February 15th

MALS and IDS Students,

The deadline for submitting your work to Concluence, The Journal of Graduatate Liberal Studies, has been extended to February 15th.  Please submit your work to Dr. Gitomer if you’d like to be eligible for the $500 cash award and introduction at the AGLSP Conference in October.  See the document below for full details.

January 31 Deadline for Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing

MALS/IDS Students,
This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions to the Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary writing is January 31, 2011.  Please submit your writing to Dr. Gitomer ( if you would like to be considered for this award.  Full details below:

Announcing the January 2011 Deadline

Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

The members of the AGLSP board and the editors of Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies are pleased to announce this year’s Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing along with the Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. The first award celebrates interdisciplinary inquiry as the central intellectual practice of graduate liberal studies and critical writing as a foundational tool of graduate study. The second award celebrates creative writing as a form of inquiry, art, and expression. The two winning pieces will be published in the fall 2011 issue of the journal. The authors will each receive a prize of $500 and will be introduced at the AGLSP Annual Conference in October 2011.

Eligibility: The Confluence Award may be given to any current or recent student of a Full Member program of the AGLSP. Pieces are nominated in January, and nominations may include anything written as part of the author’s graduate work during the previous calendar year.

Genre: The interdisciplinary writing award is given to a carefully-researched and well-crafted critical essay that makes exemplary use of interdisciplinary tools in order to engage a general educated audience. The creative writing award is given to an exemplary single piece in any of the genres of creative writing, such as short story, personal essay, creative nonfiction, or poem.

General requirements: Entries may be no longer than 4000 words, including bibliographic materials prepared as endnotes in Chicago style.  Each entry should also include full contact information for the author, a bio note including likely date of graduation, and, in the case of critical essays, a lively 150-word abstract that makes clear the interdisciplinary nature of the piece. Use a recent version of Microsoft Word.

Procedure: For each award, the director of each AGLSP Full Member program may nominate one or two entries each year, based on a screening procedure agreed upon by the program’s regular faculty. Only one piece by each author may be nominated.

Judging will be carried out by the journal’s editorial team. A winner and any honorable mentions will be announced by early summer. Essays awarded an honorable mention may also be published in the journal or on the journal’s web site.

Annual conference: The winners will be introduced at the 2011 AGLSP Annual Conference in October. The Association will pay their registration fee for attending the conference, in hopes that a winner’s home program will help defray the writer’s travel expenses.