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About Aisthesis

What is Aisthesis?

Aisthesis is a journal for and by undergraduate honors students. In UMD's University Honors Advanced Writing course, the student editorial board plans and executes each phase of the publishing process. Production of the journal occurs within the context of the course. Submissions are blind peer-reviewed by other honors students, and feedback from discipline-specific faculty members is considered to make final decisions on publication.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fortify your resume
  • Strengthen your graduate school application
  • Set yourself apart with unique publishing experience
  • Contribute to your field

What’s in it for us at Aisthesis? 

Our goal at Aisthesis is to create and share an honors-focused compilation of compelling scholarly and creative works. We seek submissions that broaden our understanding of an issue, challenge us to see the world from another perspective, and inspire us to pursue new lines of inquiry.

Submission Requirements and Guidelines:

Eligibility: Authors must be undergraduate honors students enrolled in a university-level honors program/college. Work submitted by recent honors alumni will also be considered. Previously published work will not be reviewed by the Aisthesis committee. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; however, if your work has been accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission by emailing Rebecca Boyle at

Genres: Aisthesis invites submissions in all academic disciplines of research. Creative submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, visual art, and photography are also encouraged from any undergraduate student enrolled in a university honors program. In addition, works that challenge traditional discipline and genre boundaries are welcome.

Word Count: Less than 5000 words for all genres

Submission deadline: March 15, 2018

Acceptable Submission Formats: Text files in Word or plain-text format are preferred. Multimedia submissions should be in the format of .avi, .jpg .mp4, .mov, .mp3, .png, .ra, .ram, .rm, .tiff, .wav, .wma, or .wmv.

Submission Instructions: Submissions and questions should be sent to Rebecca Boyle at Please include the term “Aisthesis,” your discipline, and your submission genre in the subject line. You will be submitting two attachments in your email: (1) Your academic or creative submission and (2) your contact information. In your contact information attachment, please include the following: 

  • First and last name
  • Major and university
  • Genre of submission and objective of academic work
  • Citation style (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Email address and phone number
  • Contact information of an advocating professor
  • Name of your honors program director

**Do NOT place personal identification information in your submission attachment**

**Authors will retain the copyright to their original works**