Submission Information

Submission Information

Welcome to The Community College Moment Submissions Page
Call for Submissions for Volume 18, Fall 2018

The Community College Moment invites articles, interviews, photographs, artwork, academic and creative writing, and other original work relevant to the mission and environment of community colleges. Submissions should provoke meaningful, progressive inquiry that will appeal on a local and/or national level to an educated, but not specialized, audience. Each issue of The Moment is thematically organized, all or in part, providing multiple perspectives on a given topic. The next theme is Sanctuary. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2018.

Preparations for a protest in New York City
Photo by Russell H. Shitabata

2018 Theme: Sanctuary

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, dozens of colleges and universities declared themselves to be sanctuary campuses to protect the educational opportunities of undocumented immigrants. In fact, less than a month after the 2017 inauguration, Lane Community College took its place among those institutions declaring themselves to be sites of safety. In this context, it may be wise to consider the meaning of Sanctuary in its various contexts. For example, in ancient Hawai'i, some heiau served as sanctuaries where people could find forgiveness or refuge. In western culture, the most famous of ancient sanctuaries may well be Delphi, a place of worship, sacrifice, and prophecy. Modern usages of the term include "political sanctuary" and "wildlife sanctuary."' In the former case, we think about freedom from persecution, but in the latter case we think about the possibility that something might not just live but thrive. To what extent do our classrooms and programs offer either possibility of sanctuary, and what other associations or meanings might come into play?

This issue of The Moment will take up and explore the uses and application of Sanctuary in various ways: from the college campus to the halls of justice, from the political to the personal, from the environmental to the philosophical. How do we ensure the efficacy of sanctuary? What do we expect to foster by providing sanctuary? What do we hope to find when we ourselves seek sanctuary? What responsibilities come with offering sanctuary? And how can we cultivate a social environment that respects the value of sanctuary? We invite submissions that reflect on these and other questions that arise from a consideration of the theme.

We ask for your submissions by February 27, 2018.

Submission Categories and Format
The Moment is open to a variety of submission formats, including the following categories: articles (under 5000 words; languages other than English welcome), sabbatical research summaries, plans and reflections on innovative pedagogies, artwork (paintings, photography, sculpture, choreographic projects featured through photographs, musical compositions, etc.), fiction and poetry (relevant to The Moment's audience), works-in-progress (provocative ideas not fully worked out), collaborative projects, and web-based or multi-media projects. We also invite submissions of short reviews (under 1200 words) that offer insights on books and other materials relevant to our audience. Finally, Life in the C.C. focuses on short works (under 1500 words) covering both professional and life experiences of those working at community colleges or in higher education.

We prefer work to be submitted electronically via our email address: Moment@lanecc.edu. Please submit a cover letter as the body of your email, along with two copies of your work, one with your name removed from all pages. In your cover letter, please include a brief, one paragraph biographical note highlighting your relationship with community colleges or higher education. If possible, please submit written submissions as links to Google Docs pages (again, one copy with a name and one without). In written submissions, please use endnotes instead of footnotes, single spacing after periods, and indents set in formatting options (instead of using the "tab" or "space" key). Be clear and consistent in your style of documentation. Art should be sent as .tiff files. Please contact us first for submissions in other media or for text submissions via hard copy.

Please submit in one category only. Send no more than one prose piece, three poems, or four visual pieces. Queries welcome. Mailed submissions cannot be returned unless accompanied by SASE with appropriate postage.

Review Process
Your work will be reviewed in a blind process by two members of the Review Panel, and you will then be notified of their decision. The Review Panel is comprised of community college staff. Currently, our review process runs through February, and submitters are notified in March. Publication for accepted submissions will occur in September 2018. The deadline for the upcoming publication is February 27, 2018. We also accept submissions year-round for future consideration (confirmation notices may be significantly delayed in the summer months).

Mail submissions:
Community College Moment
Attn: Russell H. Shitabata 
Lane Community College
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405

Electronic submissions:
Moment: Moment@lanecc.edu

Community College Moment
Lane Community College
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
Moment@lanecc.edu

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