The process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved by the mind or computing software; recollection, remembrance, reminiscence, impression; a past event that is recalled; a collective understanding of a culture or group of people.

Sapere Aude accepts all varieties of submissions, whether they be non-fiction, creative non-fiction, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, paintings, drawings, sculptures, music, dance, film, photography, fashion, etc. Below are some examples of how to look at memory in the context of a category, utilizing your choice of expression:


How does the body express or reflect memories? We invite you to consider external ways, such as with scars and tattoos, and internal ones, such as implicit/procedural memory and different types of conditioned responses (e.g. classical, operant, or fear). In a society that memorializes youth, how is the body remembered in life and death? How might this impact body image, as well as the construction of beauty throughout the ages?


How might nostalgia, déjà vu, and 20/20 hindsight affect our memories, especially our relationships to them? Is a memory equivalent to the truth, or has the mind rendered it completely subjective? How does the mind alter or affect memories? What impact might this have on identity and our understanding of different histories (cultural, personal, etc…) on an individual and collective level? What happens when these faculties are compromised, such as with amnesia?


Does the inability to create new memories signify death? In what ways do memories, be they cultural, collective, or genetic in nature survive through death? Submissions could explore how mementos are used to cherish the memory of the departed.


A certain place may evoke similar memories for many people. In what ways are places linked to memories? How does location impact the formation of memories? Nostalgia may promote tourism to an area. In what ways can memory change places? Is it possible for memory to have a real, physical impact? Alternatively, consider how memories may survive throughout the universe. Is it possible to remember places one has never been to?


How do memories fade, change, strengthen, and expand with respect to time? A recent memory may be arousing, inspirational, or fear evoking. Distant memories may be affected by varying degrees of deterioration or alteration, changing the nature of the originally perceived event or the sympathies associated with it. Neurologically, long-term memories only imprint upon the brain as a result of highly engaging stimuli or after constant repetition. Consider that memories are not bound by time’s linear movement and can jump between past, present, and future.

The deadline for submissions to Sapere Aude’s Volume 6: “Memory” is April 1, 2015.

Submission Guidelines:

All categories accept a variety of media—films, photographs, visual art, music, performance, poetry, non-fiction, opinion editorials, essays, screenplays, short stories, gaming, codes etc. Non-fiction word limit is 2,000, short stories and screenplays 2,500. If you have a type of submission that we haven’t outlined, please talk to us, we want to accommodate new types of submissions.

Accepted file types:

  • Photos: .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .gif
  • Stories, essays, poetry, text: .doc, .pdf
  • Plays & screenplays: .pdfs
  • Audio: Soundcloud links
  • Videos (films or performances): Vimeo or YouTube links

How to submit to Sapere Aude

  • The submission process is blind; our web administrator removes the names before the editors review submissions to eliminate bias.
  • You can submit as many pieces as you want per issue. Again, we evaluate blindly, so if it’s all of merit, it will all be published.
  • Each submission must include author commentary that briefly explains how the piece addresses the theme as it relates to the chosen category.
  • The name of your file must be the same as the title of your submission.
  • Please note that the author commentary you submit will be published with your submission, if accepted.

Why should you submit?

  • Prior publication is important for your resume and C.V. (Curriculum Vitae, what you use to apply to grad school).
  • Sapere Aude is a vehicle to showcase your work and share with the community. Possible collaborations from faculty and fellow students could arise once your work appears in a public forum.
  • Sapere Aude provides a platform to learn what is required for publishing.


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