Write the Ship
Shippensburg University's Journal
of Academic Writing
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Write the Ship is
a journal of academic writing sponsored by the English Department. The journal
was founded in order to foster Shippensburg University's community of talented
student writers. Faculty advisors are eager to welcome new voices from
across the campus to participate in the publishing process, either by
submitting work or by joining the staff. The
advisors and editors at the journal strive to emphasize the diversity of voices
that represent Shippensburg University. Every issue presents well-written work
by students, on a wide variety of subjects, which demonstrate the abilities and
interests of a vibrant university campus.
The journal is printed annually, in April, and a launch party is held to celebrate the efforts of the production staff and writers featured in each issue. Every contributor is presented with a copy of the journal in which their work appears.
Criteria for Publication
Write the Ship staff is seeking fiction, non-fiction, essays, feature
writing, reports and scholarly research of outstanding quality; there are no
restrictions on genre, style or subject matter. The journal welcomes
submissions from all departments and colleges across campus, from 100-level to
Guidelines for Students
who wish to have their work published must be sponsored by a professor and are
encouraged to seek sponsorship for papers they feel are of excellent quality.
The application for submissions must be
completed and turned in with a copy of the work to be considered by the due
date. Response time varies depending on the number of submissions received.
a student's work is chosen to be included in the journal, they will be asked to
write a brief personal reflection - about 300 words or less - of their writing
experience, which will accompany their submission in the journal.
Guidelines for Faculty
the work of a promising student provides a unique mentoring opportunity that
allows faculty members to have a more direct impact on the academic growth of
their students. Professors wishing to nominate a student's exceptional work for
publication should fill out the submission application and make sure that the work meets all
of the certification guidelines before it is turned in.
the Write the Ship staff offers student editors a valuable opportunity
to share their creative skills and personal vision. Individuals interested in
becoming part of the production staff are encouraged to fill out the internship application. Previous
editorial experience at a journal is not necessary. The most essential
qualities required for this internship are a high level of creative energy and
commitment to the project.
Write the Ship is honored to feature cover art by Shippensburg University's most talented
graphic artists. Each issue is truly a work of art from cover to cover!
Professors: Nominate your best students’ papers!
Students: Encourage your professors to nominate your papers!
Write the Ship submission
forms are available here.
Write the Ship internship
applications are available here.
For further information contact Dr. Laurie Cella