Immanence In-house Style Guide for submissions

All guidelines must be met by contributors in order for a submission to be reviewed by our editors. Submissions not meeting all guidelines will be returned or rejected at the Journal’s discretion. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have prior to submission. 

Please note: We do NOT accept previously published or posted articles or fiction (see below for poetry, visual arts, and music).

  • Contributors are not paid for appearing in Immanence but will receive a digital copy (PDF) of the journal upon publication.
  • In all email submissions (email address below), give your full contact information, including a mailing address and telephone number (this information is confidential to our editing staff and not passed on to anyone). Include an author bio of 150 words or less, which can include a URL, social media account, or email address you would like published. If you wish to, please include your preferred personal pronouns.
  • All contributions, with related images or other files, should be sent as an attachment to the email (see specifics below).

To go to guidelines for articles and reviews please scroll down.


  • You may submit up to three poems per issue.
  • Include an introductory paragraph for each poem explaining how you feel it is relevant to the theme of the issue for which you are submitting, and how it relates to myth.
  • Submit each poem in a separate attached Word file as you would like to see it published, including font, spacing, line breaks, and formatting.
  • If your submission was previously posted or published please tell us where, and our poetry editor editor will review this with you to ensure we can publish it
  • You are welcome to include images relevant to your poetry if they comply with the guidelines for images in “Visual Arts” below.


  • The work must be original, and not previously posted or published elsewhere.
  • Maximum length is 4000 words.
  • Please follow page formatting and style guidelines below.
  • While sex and sexuality can be included in fiction, assume that your audience includes adolescents.

Visual Arts

General for all types of Visual Arts submissions:

  • For original artwork, animation, film, or video: In your email give us an introduction to your work. Describe the pieces, perhaps how you came to create them, any stories related to them, and the medium.
  • Include a paragraph or two explaining how you feel your submission is relevant to the theme of the issue, and to myth in general.
  • Tell us where the submission has been previously posted, published, or displayed, if anywhere. Our Visual Arts editor will review this with you to ensure we can publish it.

For animation, video, or film.

  • For animations, videos,or film to be considered we require a preview of at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the piece before we can commit to inclusion. We must have this preview within three weeks of the opening of the submissions window.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes long.
  • All editing must be done prior to final submission if the preview is accepted for consideration.

For images, including cover art.

  • For images submitted to accompany articles, reviews or poetry: Indicate if you created the image or photograph. If not, please provide the source for the image (URL or creator) including the name, email address, or link for the creator, and how you have permission to use.
  • For all images: Each piece of art or image submitted should include a caption with the title, artist name, and copyright date.
  • All images should be high-resolution 300 dpi and no bigger than 8” x 10.”
  • Submit each image as an attachment to your email.


  • Please send us a proposal including the lyrics (if any), a mp3 file, or a link to your piece where we can play it in full.
  • Tell us how you feel your music relates to the theme of the Journal issue.
  • Tell how how, and where the piece has been published or posted online, or if performed with limited rights to post or publish.

Articles and reviews

   A. General guidelines:

We have provided a Tips page for some items below. Look for the link under “Tip”.
  • Please note: Our editorial exchanges with contributors for written material is done via Word in email. Please provide your comments and feedback in that format. Please use Markup in Word to show any edits you make so we can easily track suggested edits. We cannot accept a link to view edits and provide comments in Google Docs since frequently we cannot download the document to archive editorial exchanges with the author.
  • Please submit no more than one article, personal anecdote, or review per issue.
  • Submissions must be in English only, although non-English text can be included if translated.
  • We do not require that all submissions conform to US English grammar and spelling. We wish to honor diversity in multi-cultural tone and scholarship. Please set your language in Word to the specific style you are writing in (English-US, English-British, etc.). We will only edit grammar if we feel the chance of misunderstanding on the part of our audience is high. However, we DO publish with US punctuation standards for consistency in the Journal. Please use the punctuation standards in “Part D: Punctuation below”. Also: All citations and references must be in MLA-8. See “Part B: Citations and Works Cited” below.
  • Articles and reviews should not exceed 4,000 words. Articles for columns should be 2,000 words maximum. Personal anecdotes have no lower length requirement.
  • If you would like to provide a book or film review, please send us an inquiry email with the work you want to review. Include a link to the publication (sale site okay, author site preferred) or film description or trailer. Tell us why you feel the work is relevant to the theme of the issue for which you are submitting (we will consider publishing reviews not relevant to the issue topic). Include a summary of the points you want to cover in the review. We will consider reviews of other media (art, stage productions, music, etc.).
  • Articles, personal anecdotes, and reviews must be free of excessive jargon. Any specialized wording must be explained.
  • We invite you to include images relevant to your article if they comply with the guidelines for artwork and images above.

B. Citations and Works Cited

  • Footnotes must not be used for citations and works cited. Submissions should include very few footnotes, and only for clarification of the text. They should be inserted at the bottom of each page, using Arabic 1,2,3 etc. numbering (see Tip 1 on this page).
  • Use the Modern Language Association, Edition 8 (MLA-8) guidelines for citations and works cited. We recommend this site for help with MLA-8:
  • Citations are required in articles and reviews any time the title of a book, or reference to an online source is given, and for all quotations. Citations are also recommended for mention of a unique idea by a specific author (example: The Hero’s Journey, by Joseph Campbell).
  • In line with most of academia we do not recognized Wikipedia or Brainy Quotes as acceptable sources for articles submitted to Immanence. You may, however, follow a link posted at those sites to the online source, and after review, include that source as a citation in your submission.
  • If you use a citation generator please be sure it is updated to MLA-8. In our experience citations provided through a generator, especially for online sources, are frequently incorrect.
  • Please use “MLA-8 Abbreviations for Citations” by scrolling down on this OWL page.
  • All incorrect citations will, at the Journal’s discretion, be cause for rejection, or for return to the author for correction.
  • Citations include two components: 
  1. In-text citations reference the source and page number. For more information see this OWL Purdue link.
  2. The Works Cited page gives detailed information about the source. For more information see this OWL Purdue link. On the left side of the page are 5 sub-pages regarding various types of sources for Works Cited. Please review “MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format” and all additional pages for the type of sources you are using.
  • In-text citations must include page numbers if you quote material from printed works.
  • MLA-8 issued revised citation formatting for electronic or online sources. Please review the changes carefully at this OWL Purdue link.
  • When you quote a source in your text, formatting should conform to MLA-8 style. See “MLA Formatting Quotations” at this link for detailed information on:
  • Page formatting depending on length of quotation. In summary:
    • Quotations of less than four lines are included in the text in quotation marks.
    • Quotations four lines or longer are block indented without quotation marks.
  • Directions on how to use punctuation in quotations.
  • Use of ellipsis and brackets to add or delete words in a quotation.

C. Page formatting for all articles, reviews, and fiction. These requirements are mandatory.

  • Submissions should be a .doc or .docx file attached to your email (email address below).
  • Font must be: Times New Roman, 12-point.
  • All text is double-spaced (including quotations) with no extra spacing between paragraphs (see Tip 2 on this page).
  • 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Use a tabbed one-half-inch indent for new paragraphs. Please do not submit block style paragraphs (unless they are for quotations as described above).
  • Use one space between sentences and after colons and semi-colons.
  • Justification should be OFF.
  • Auto hyphenation should be OFF (see Tip 3 on this page).
  • Please make sure all margins and indents are consistent before submitting.
  • Headings used in the text of articles and reviews must be MLA-8 style. Under “Section Headings” at this OWL Purdue link see “Formatted unnumbered” at the end of the page. Summary:

Format headings as follows:

Level 1 Heading: bold, flush left

Level 2 Heading: italics, flush left

   Level 3 Heading: centered, bold

   Level 4 Heading: centered, italics

Level 5 Heading: underlined, flush left 

D. Punctuation guidelines

Use of open and closed quotation marks and apostrophes.

  • All dialogue and quotations not long enough to be block indented (see “When you quote a source” in Part B above) should be in double quotes (“ ”).
  • If you are inserting dialogue or quoted material within dialogue, or within a quotation contained within open and closed quotes, it should be in single open and closed quotation marks (example: “I told you that Marx said, ‘From each according to their ability’.”).
  • To emphasize or offset a word (example: He “gets” me) use double quotes, not single ones (unless within dialogue, or within a quotation contained within open and closed quotes). This convention should be used sparingly in submissions to us.


  • For use in quotation formatting to delete words or sentences see “MLA Formatting Quotations” in Part B above.
  • For use in the middle of a sentence as a break, or an aside, an ellipsis should always be three periods with a space between the first and the second, and second and third periods.

Hyphens and dashes

Editorially the hyphen and em-dash have two different purposes.

  • Typically the hyphen is used for compound adjectives, some number ranges, and similar uses.

Hyphens should be used with no spaces on either side. Examples: twenty-one or half-crazed, not twenty – one or half – crazed.

  • The em-dash is used for interjections, appositive phrases, and other offset text; it can also replace a colon at the end of a sentence. Punctuation for these usages should be in the form of an em-dash not hyphens.

Please do not submit in these formats:

  • Double hyphens (- -). Examples: He ran- -and she ran after him. Or, He ran – – and she ran after him.
  • Space/hyphen/space or space/dash/space ( – ). Example: He ran – and she ran after him.


  • We use MLA-8 guidelines to format abbreviations. See this OWL Purdue link.
  • The Journal uses BCE and CE instead of BC and AD for date references.

All questions, proposals, and submissions should be emailed to