About

Prairie Light Review is the College of DuPage art and literature journal. We are a student-run, biannual publication. All material is the work of students and residents of District 502 and has been selected blindly to ensure objectivity. This magazine seeks to celebrate and showcase the creative talents of our diverse community, and inspire those who read it. We are proud to present to you the Fall 2016 edition of the Prairie Light Review! 


NEW!

              Introducing PLR's New Comedy Section!

 With the submission process for the spring 2017 issue of the Prairie Light Review underway, we would like to announce the journal's new comedy section being featured this semester. 

     As editors, we often get a substantial amount of work with themes such as love, loss, nature, and travel. While these topics do make great pieces, we then find ourselves struggling to decide what to do with the pieces that make us laugh. When we get a comedic piece we question if humor was the intention, if the piece written meant to be serious, and if it can cohesively work with the other pieces featured in the journal.  Because of this, for the spring 2017 issue, we have decided to create a comedy section for humorous works of written and visual art. 


Submit

The Prairie Light Review accepts submissions year-round. All entries must be the original work of the artist. Only works emailed and in a digital format will be considered. 

Send submissions to prairielightreviewsubmissions@gmail.com

Written Submission Guidelines

Enter written subject matter that is appropriate for an audience of the District 502 community. Title all entries. Enter up to four creative works per entrant per issue of original fiction, nonfiction, essays, and drama of 1,600 words or less; poetry of 62 lines or less; graphic essays of 12 panels or less. Compose copy in Times New Roman 11 point only, without special effects. Any use of profanity in submissions will not be considered for publication. 

Foreign Language Poetry

Prairie Light Review welcomes poetry in an author’s native language as long as an English language translation accompanies the entry. Although grammar and punctuation of foreign language poetry will not be judged, PLR editors will judge the English language translation the same as any entry. At their discretion, the PLR editors may verify the content of the entry with foreign language experts. 

In addition to the Submission Guidelines for all written work, foreign language poetry must adhere to the following rules:

  • An author may enter only one foreign language poem per issue.
  • The language of the poem must be indicated.
  • All characters and diacritical marks must be features available in standard computer fonts.
  • A full and accurate English translation must accompany all foreign language poems; otherwise, the work will not be considered.

Written Submission Email Instructions

  • Include the following information in the subject line of the email: first name and last name.
  • Include in the body of the email: your full address with zip code; contact telephone number; an alternate email address.
  • Title each entry.
  • Remove your name and any other identifying information from all headers.
  • Copy and paste each entry into the body of the email. Do not attach files.
  • Along with your submission, please provide a one sentence statement describing either what your piece is about, who you are, or how you came to create your submission. Thank you.
  • Send to prairielightreviewsubmissions@gmail.com

Visual Submissions Guidelines

Enter visual subject matter that is appropriate for an audience of the District 502 community. Enter up to four creative works per entrant per issue of drawings, cartoons, graphics, charcoal drawings, etchings, paintings, murals, collages, sculptures, ceramics, fashion, jewelry, and all new media. Title all entries. Remove your name and any other identifying information from all entries. Photograph all physical art as you want it to appear in the magazine. Prairie Light Review reserves the right to digitally crop, enlarge, or reduce photographs to accommodate the magazine’s page size limitations. Entrants maintain the rights to their work and may subsequently offer their work to any publication. 

Visual Submission Email Instructions

  • Best sizes are 8”x11” or larger.
  • Scanned art is preferred.
  • Include the following information in the subject line of the email: first name and last name
  • Include in the body of the email: your full address with zip code; contact telephone number; an alternate email address.
  • Title all entries.
  • Use only .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .png, or .gif file types.
  • Name the file: title.filetype. ex: WheatfieldWithCrows.jpeg
  • Describe the medium
  • Along with your submission, please provide a one sentence statement describing either what your piece is about, who you are, or how you came to create your submission. Thank you.
  • Send to prairielightreviewsubmissions@gmail.com

Humans of DuCo

 Each person has their own unique story that is in its own way interesting and inspiring. Like Humans of New York-- PLR presents humans of DuCo, telling the stories of the people of DuPage County one at a time. Share your own story, or someone else's by including a photograph along with a caption, interview, or narrative essay. 

  • Must have permission if story is not your own
  • Keep the subject's anonymity, if requested
  • Photograph must be of a person or something that relates strongly to the narrative
  • Photograph must be accompanied by a narrative description of the person
  • Refer to Humans of New York for inspiration
  • Send following guidelines of both written and visual submissions.
  • Send to prairielightreviewsubmissions@gmail.com

Join: To join the PLR editorial team, enroll in English 2210. Find more information about the course at www.cod.edu/plr.

Questions:
Trina R. Sotirakopulos, Advisor
sotirakopulost@cod.edu                                                                   630.942.2177