Columbia University’s The Birch is the nation’’s first undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture, founded in 2004. In an effort to maintain the quality of our journal, we have elected to produce a larger, single issue that will be available for students in the spring instead of two, smaller issues typically distributed in the fall and spring. This decision was made primarily to allow contributors to have more time to develop their ideas and projects so that we can continue to produce a journal that students look forward to engaging with, cherish, and respect.
Our publication retains the same structure. It consists of three sections: Creative Writing (poetry, prose, non-fiction essays), Literary Criticism, and Culture & Affairs (including historical and political analysis). We also welcome original photography, translations, and political cartoons.
For this year’’s issue, we encourage undergraduate students to submit high-quality pieces of 1500-2000 words. We particularly seek writing on less-explored topics as well as articles on current affairs in the region. While most of our content is in English, we look forward to reading submissions written in Russian or other languages of the region and envision an issue that is less Russo-centric.
If your students are unfamiliar with The Birch, we kindly suggest that you tell them to visit our website, http://www.thebirchonline.org, where they can read a selection of past issues, or visit our blog, http://www.thebirchjournal.blogspot.com/.
We hope some of your undergraduates will take advantage of this opportunity and submit to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14, 2010. Please note that all submissions should include the writer’s name, e-mail address, and institution.