Monster: a strange or horrible imaginary creature; that which is giant, titan, behemoth; something large, cruel, evil, ugly, or frightening; a real or imagined threat; a dangerous force which cannot be controlled; an agent of chaos; an abnormality

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 monster in the context of a category, utilizing your choice of expression:

  1. Body – Is the body itself the monster or does it contain the monster, what is the relationship between the two? In what ways does the body possess the potential to become monstrous? Does the creation of the body predate that of the monster or are they one and the same?

  1. Mind –  The mind of a monster often has two components: a part that is familiar or understandable and a part that is foreign or inhuman. How do mind and consciousness create the distinction between monster and non-monster? Do monsters exist as a consequence of the mind’s unwillingness to accept that which is strange and different?

  1. Space & Place – Do monstrosities exist in physical space or are they a product of perception? Why are certain places historically associated with monsters? How do humans confer the quality of being monstrous onto spaces and places?

  1. Death – While death is typically thought of as an event or a process, it might also be seen as a monstrous force.  Like monster, death can be defined as an experience stimulating fear and fascination.  How has death’s status as “monster” changed throughout time?  How has death become increasingly symbolized by monsters? How does death contribute to our perception of monster?

  1. Revolution – Are revolutions the product of monsters or their source? How are the instigators of revolution considered monsters in the eyes of established order? Submissions might examine the ways in which revolutions create and destroy monsters.

The first deadline for submissions to Sapere Aude’s Volume 6: “Monster” is March 14, 2014. Submissions received prior to March 14 that are not accepted for publication may be resubmitted with edits for a second review before the final deadline, April 10, 2014. Submissions and resubmissions will be accepted through April 10, 2014.

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 2000, short stories and screenplays 2500. 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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