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The Student Writing Journal

The Student Writing Journal

The Student Writing Journal is a refereed online journal showcasing superior academic non-fiction writing from students at the College. These essays represent the finest work – a combination of compelling ideas and outstanding writing – produced by our academic community’s newest members.

Our hope is that a journal like The SWJ will create an academic community and facilitate the exchange of ideas among its members. This journal provides one place where we foster students’ voices in Delaware County Community College’s thought-provoking academic dialogue. In each issue, our writers synthesize complex information, read and analyze points of view, and inquire and construct academic arguments to bring new academic insights to bear on exigent civic issues.

Volume 2, 2017
Volume 1, 2015

Submission Form & Release

Students are encouraged to submit an essay written during one of this school year's English 100 or English 112. Teacher's permission isn't needed to submit an essay; however, instructors who wish to submit student essays must receive permission from those students to do so.

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Volume 3

We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 3.
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Questions? Contact swj@mail.dccc.edu
Submission Tips:
• Consider taking your manuscript to the Writing Center or sending it to Smarthinking Tutoring before you submit
• You might attend one of the Learning Common workshops on research, formatting, and other topics
• Even though your professor’s permission isn’t required to submit, it could be helpful to get their feedback before sending in your manuscript

Faculty Editorial Board

Fernando Benavidez
Kelly Chamberlain
Andru Lugo
Sabatino Mangini
Megan Trexler
Matthew Cleveland

Review Process

Submissions are reviewed by the journal's editorial board. The primary criterion for selection is the presence of compelling ideas that are developed in a coherent, well expressed manner. If your essay is chosen, you may be asked to work through an editing process by email. After final editorial approval, the selected essays will be included in the journal's online publication.