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The Undergraduate Writing Program

Submit Your Essay to The Morningside Review

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We invite you to submit for our consideration one or two essays you produced in University Writing during the fall 2018 semester.

Submission deadline for fall 2018 semester essays: Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

We seek essays that span the range of writing in the course: critical response (first progression), conversation (second progression), research (third progression), and op-ed (fourth progression).  You do not need your instructor's permission to submit up to two essays, although you may choose to consult with your instructor or a consultant in the Writing Center before submitting. If you submit two essays, you must submit each separately. You are welcome to revise an essay before submitting it.

What is The Morningside Review?

The Undergraduate Writing Program publishes an annual online journal of superior student essays from its course, University Writing. Instructors and students in University Writing sections draw on this journal as a text in the course to explore the conceptual and formal possibilities of academic writing. The Morningside Review reaches a readership of approximately 1800 students, and 80 teachers per year, and it is available to the general public. Thus, for undergraduates, TMR offers a unique and highly visible forum for demonstrating excellence, even at this early stage in your development as academic writers.  

How are essays selected for The Morningside Review?

Essays will be reviewed by an editorial advisory board made up of current UW instructors and former UW students (typically, those who have published their own essays in TMR). The board will not see your name nor your instructor's name. The editorial advisory board will present their final choices for review by the Directors of the Undergraduate Writing Program. 

Selected essays will be copy edited prior to publication. We may also request that authors make minor edits and/or additions, and provide copies of pages from which they have cited.

The publication is non-profit, and there are no royalties. If chosen, an essay will be published on the program's website in the following academic year, and will remain online in journal archives.  However, authors retain all other rights to their work.  The decisions of the directors of the Undergraduate Writing Program regarding which essays will be published are final.

How will I know if my essay has been selected?

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If your essay is selected for publication, you will be contacted by email by October 30, 2019. Due to the high volume of submissions we can only notify those writers whose essays have been selected. If you do not hear from us by October 30, 2019, you can assume your essay has not been selected.


To submit an essay for consideration, fill out the form below and attach a clean copy as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf. The essay should use Times or other standard 12pt font, double-spaced, and should include a title, a works cited list in MLA format, and a word count. If your essay includes images, you must cite them and include copyright information.