In humanity’s search for understanding, we often compartmentalize concepts into dual binaries. Is there a true duality observable in nature or is the world more complex? Are dualities simply constructs that we use to understand phenomena? Can anything be fully understood as a singular thing, or can it only be understood in juxtaposition? Is dualism by definition difference?

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

The “philosophy of mind” form of dualism expresses a distinction between the mind (subjective experiences, dreams, thoughts, and emotions) and the brain (the physical entity and processes). Does the mind transcend the physical brain to produce our discrete realities or can all mental phenomena be reduced to the firing of synapses and the release of neurotransmitters? How do we reconcile or explore this duality and, furthermore, how does the mind respond in light of life’s dualities? In regards to the mind and mental functioning, what purposes might dualities serve in helping us understand, interpret, and/or create reality?

In what ways can physical appearance show the dual nature between the exterior and interior, between feelings and expression? How does appearance link to perceived identity? What is the connection between our primitive nature and civilized life, and how do we reflect that?

Death is defined in dual opposition to life.  Does this mean that we can never understand death without relating it to life?  Is death simply the absence of life, or is it something else altogether?  Is this distinction between life and death absolute?  Can we see life and death as a process in dynamic equilibrium?  Is dying, as a necessary part of life, simply a component of life?  How is death mediated as a duality in visual and narrative arts?

Modern physics has shown us that space and time, previously viewed as separate, are actually the same. What other dualities does space present to us? Are they actually dualities? For instance, light and dark are conventionally seen as opposites. Are they? In what ways have spatial dualities influenced humanity? Is the day/night duality responsible for the good/evil duality found in stories?

Conventionally we view time as having a Past, a Present, and a Future, but these concepts do not always exist separately. How might one exist in both the Past and Present? Present and Future? Past and Future? How might two individuals each experience the same moment in time? How do individuals consider time differently? Can different models of time coexist?


Sapere Aude offers a unique opportunity for students who submit prior to our soft deadline. All submissions received by November 09, 2016 will be returned with personalized feedback from our editors with the opportunity to re-submit in time for our hard deadline. In addition, we will be offering several Workshop Nights throughout the semester for students who wish to get in-person feedback and assistance from the staff. The last day to submit to Sapere Aude is November 30, 2016 at  6:00 pm.

Submission Guidelines:

We accept submissions in nearly any medium — films, photographs, visual art, music, dance, poetry, nonfiction, opinion editorials, essays, screenplays, short stories, gaming, fashion, codes, etc. Our word limit for nonfiction submissions is 2,000, while short stories and screenplays are restricted to 2,500 words. If you have a question about what you can submit or have a submission in a form we haven’t outlined above, please come talk to us.

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

About Our Submission Process:

  • Our submission process is completely blind to eliminate any potential bias. Each piece is reviewed by our entire staff, and, if it is received by the soft deadline, will also be given personalized feedback.

  • There is no limit on how many pieces you can submit. We consider all of them individually and make our decisions based on merit, rather than quotas.

  • Each submission must include an author commentary that briefly explains how the piece addresses the theme as it relates to the chosen subcategory. Please note that this commentary will be published alongside your submission, if it is accepted.

  • Please make sure that the name of your file is the same as the title of your submission.

Why should you submit?

Sapere Aude showcases your work in a professional/collegiate publication — an important addition to any résumé or curriculum vitae when applying for a job or graduate school. An accepted submission could lead to future collaborations with faculty or fellow students or other creative or academic opportunities. Finally, Sapere Aude provides a platform for students to experience the publication process and to receive constructive feedback on their work in a safe, supportive environment.


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