Miriam Clinton Michelle Taransky Fayyaz Vellani 3808

Opportunities for student writers

3808: Journal of Critical Writing

Current volumes

Fall 2013 cover
Fall 2013
Spring 2013 cover
Spring 2013
Spring 2012 cover
Spring 2012
Fall 2010 cover
Fall 2010
Fall 2009 cover
Fall 2009
Fall 2008 cover
Fall 2008
Fall 2007 cover
Fall 2007

About 3808

Each semester, instructors teaching Critical Writing seminars across a wide range of disciplines at the University of Pennsylvania nominate the best essay written by an undergraduate in their class. A faculty editorial board selects essays from among the nominees to publish in 3808. A student editorial board selects the best essay in the collection as the winner of the Henry LaBarre Jayne Essay Prize.

All forms of nonfiction writing are considered, from experimental to traditional, from creative nonfiction and autobiography to research writing. All nominations should be stand-alone works that do not require additional explanation or context.

How to submit

3808: A Journal of Critical Writing is dedicated to work by undergraduates, mainly freshman, in Critical Writing seminars. Each semester, faculty may nominate one or two of the best essays written by students in their classes. A faculty editorial board selects essays from among the nominees to publish in 3808. A student editorial board selects the best essay in the collection as the winner of the Henry LaBarre Jayne Essay Prize and works with the individual authors to edit and prepare for publication.

As you read through your final portfolios and reflect on the past semester think about nominating a student essay for 3808. Students are honored to be nominated by their instructors, and thrilled when they are selected for publication.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Some notes on essay nominations:

  • 3808 is looking for nonfiction essays on any topic. We encourage shorter essays (500-750 words) but welcome all forms of nonfiction writing.
  • Instructors can submit up to two essays from one course. If you are teaching two courses, you may submit two from each class.
  • Consider sharing the current copy of 3808 with your students to encourage their interest in being nominated.

Format

Double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. Left flush margin for paragraphs, no right margin justification. No identification of author on any page. Header should indicate title of work and page number.

Editors

  • Executive editor: Valerie Ross, Director, Critical Writing Program
  • Doug Paletta, Assistant Director, Critical Writing Program
  • Patrick Wehner, Associate Director, Critical Writing Program