Guidelines for Submission

The Reed is an undergraduate journal about existentialism published each spring. We accept both written works and visual art that pertain to existentialism. We define “existentialism” broadly, and will review anything that addresses canonical existentialist thinkers or themes commonly associated with the movement (e.g. absurdity, alienation, subjectivity, paradox, truth as metaphor, life as suffering, etc.). While Sartre, Camus, Heidegger, and de Beauvoir are frequently counted among the most influential existentialists,  we have previously published submissions addressing the writings of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Foucault, Dostoevsky, and more. We encourage unusual subjects!


Please read the submission requirements carefully. We cannot guarantee that your work will be considered if you do not follow them.

• We accept submissions from undergraduates of any university.

• The submission deadline for our 2020 issue is March 1st. We are currently accepting submissions for this edition. Reviews of pieces submitted for the 2019 edition are currently underway.

Guidelines for Submission:

• Written submissions must be sent as a Word document attached to an email to

• Art submissions must be sent as either a Word document (in the case of poetry, non-academic writing, etc.) or a high-resolution image file (in the case of painting, sculpture,etc.)

• Written submissions must be in twelve point Times New Roman and no more than 20 pages double-spaced (essays must not exceed 6000 words).

• Academic essays must include an abstract not exceeding 200 words.

• All citation information must be in the Chicago style with footnotes.

• Non-academic written works such as creative writing, literary criticism, psychological analysis, philosophical and religious discourse, and poetry are acceptable for review.

• For visual art, the inclusion of a title and short description of your work are encouraged.

• Author contact information must be on a separate sheet in a separate file. This page should include your name, the institution where you are an undergraduate, your expected year of graduation, and your email. Please do not include author information on the individual pages of the submitted paper.

• Finally, the editors of The Reed may request minimal changes to written work if chosen for publication. However, the work should be ready for publication when it is submitted.