The Journal of the AGLSP


submission guidelines

Confluence is a free-access journal with a 20+-year history of publishing the best work from faculty, students, and alumnae/i of AGLSP member programs. Although still conceived as the premier showcase publication for work from AGLSP member programs, the Journal now accepts submissions from any institutions and areas of interest that reflect the interdisciplinary engagement that is constitutive of a liberal education. Confluence welcomes essays, research papers, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art pieces, and photography, as well as book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Arts community. 

Confluence is published in print twice per year, while online content is updated regularly; because we do not wait for a particular print issue before publishing individual works, submissions are accepted and reviewed at all times.

new special section of the journal:



Liberal education bears the responsibility for providing the tools with which to question, to discuss, and to recognize and cultivate new manners of relating. As the voice for graduate liberal studies in North America, Confluence works to foster the kind of dialogue, engagement, and relation that constitutes the heart and the value of a liberal education. Work published in this section will deal specifically with applications of ‘liberal’ learning to questions of human values and contemporary challenges to the stability and security of human society.

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 may be submitted. You may submit in two genres.  

The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style; please consult the manual when composing your manuscript. Either endnotes or footnotes are permitted as long as one style is used consistently throughout the manuscript. The manuscript should be set in Times New Roman, 12 pt. type.

Each writer should take care in preparing the manuscript before submitting. Style should be consistent throughout the manuscript, such as in the treatment of titles, abbreviations, and foreign words. Proofread carefully for possible errors of any sort, noting especially any foreign or highly technical words or phrases. Format and style of the manuscript are solely the responsibility of the author; even if your submission is accepted for publication, you may be asked to revise your manuscript if it fails to meet the journal’s style requirements.

The first page of your manuscript should begin with the title of the manuscript, followed by the author’s/authors’ name(s). The manuscript should follow with no page headers/footers or any other designations. Please number your pages. The 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, .tiff.). 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. PLEASE NOTE: Currently, the print version of the journal does not include color; while full-color images will be published online, all such images will be converted to grayscale for print publication.

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, e-mail, and mailing information. 

Submit manuscript and biographical statement files to in Microsoft Word format. In the Subject section of the e-mail, 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 four to six weeks. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, all rights will belong to Confluence/AGLSP.