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Submission Rules and Guidelines

Submission for the 2022 issue is now closed. The call for submissions for the 2023 issue will go out in Spring 2023, and will be for work done in courses in the Summer and Fall 2022 semesters.

Please ensure you follow these important rules and guidelines when submitting your work to Asrar.


General Guidelines

Be sure to include the name of the course and faculty member recommending your work for publication. If your work was done for a course, it needs to have received an “A/A-” grade in order to be eligible for submission. If your work was not completed for a course, it still needs to come with a faculty recommendation. We reserve the right to get in touch with this faculty member about your submission.  

Each student may submit up to three (3) pieces, whether written work or artwork.


Content-related specifications

Please avoid the following topics:

  1. Sensitive political issues

  2. Explicit sexual content of a non-academic nature

  3. Controversial religious content


If your piece does not comply with our content-related specifications, we may be unable to publish it in Asrar


  1. Literary and Linguistic Analysis (1,500 –7,500 words): (these include senior theses/capstone projects)

  2. Essays and Research Papers (1,500 -  3,850  words): Word count excludes notes and references

  3. Creative Writing (under 2,500 words)

  4. Book Reviews, Film Reviews, and Interviews (500-750 words)

  5. Artwork: Fine Art, Photography, Paintings, Graphic Artwork, Short Films 



Your piece must adhere to the AUS Academic Integrity Code (see AUS Catalogue).


If it is found that your work has been plagiarized, the Editorial Board reserves the right to withdraw your submission. Any future submissions to Asrar will not be considered for publication. The Head of the English Department will be informed.


The authors retain FULL copyright of their own work.

  1. The journal will NOT purchase the copyright to your work.

  2. The journal is NOT receiving any monetary gain or benefit from this publication.

  3. Access to the journal is free and open to all.


If your piece has been previously published, it is YOUR responsibility to contact the publisher and obtain permission to send your submission to Asrar.


Please do NOT submit pieces that are currently under consideration elsewhere.


Asrar Editorial Board and Committee members will NOT be held accountable for copyright issues.


Consent Form

If your piece is selected by the Editorial Board, you will need to sign a form indicating that you consent to having your piece published and that you have read these guidelines. If you would like to withdraw your piece, you can refuse to sign the form. You will have a week to sign the form. After this date, withdrawal will only be allowed on legitimate grounds (i.e. if you wish to publish your piece elsewhere).


Guidelines for Written Work

Written work must be Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Use Times New Roman typeface, 12-point type, double spaced, with 1 inch margins all around.


Your piece must adhere to APA guidelines, including citations, a reference page, and formatting. Literary Analyses may be in MLA.

Pieces submitted under Creative Writing are exempt from APA citations.

Please ensure that pieces credited as Creative Non-Fiction do not contain fabricated elements.


The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit content to ensure that it complies with grammatical, technical, and content-related specifications.


You will receive a complete, edited draft that you will be asked to approve before the piece is published. If you have any concerns regarding the changes made to your piece, you may email us at and we will discuss with you how to proceed. If you do not approve the draft, the Editorial Board may reconsider your original submission and your piece may not be published.


On occasion, some of the written work may be paired with artwork. A disclaimer will appear at the bottom of the website stating that the views expressed in the written work do not coincide with those in the artwork.


Guidelines for Artwork

The Editorial Board may crop and/or resize artwork to fit the layout of the website. Refer to the website for examples: If your work is selected for publication, you will receive an unpublished preview of your work as it will appear on the website that you will be asked to approve before the piece is published. If you do not approve the preview, the Editorial Board may reconsider your original submission.

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