Nota Bene Submission Process Now Online, New Deadline Set

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Several changes have been made to the submission process for Nota Bene, Phi Theta Kappa’s literary anthology, including an online submission form and a new deadline for the 2014 edition of April 4, 2014.

The most notable change is that hard copies of manuscripts will no longer be accepted; manuscripts can only be submitted using an online form on the Nota Bene webpage. The change is an effort to streamline the process and reduce paper waste.

There are now limitations on the number of manuscripts one person can submit as well. No more than five manuscripts will be accepted per member. In addition, there are limitations placed on the number of entries that can be submitted in each specific genre:
-    No more than five poems may be submitted.
-    No more than three short stories may be submitted.
-    No more than three essays may be submitted.
-    No more than three works of drama may be submitted.
-    No more than two qualitative or quantitative research papers may be submitted.

A 2,500-word limit remains in place.

Nota Bene has a proud history of recognizing and publishing works by some of the most talented student writers found in community colleges around the world,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO. “One of the most important qualities of a good writer is the ability to self-edit. It is our hope that these new restrictions will help budding writers take a hard look at the manuscripts they prepare to ensure that they are truly submitting their absolute best work for consideration.”

Headquarters typically receives more than 800 manuscripts to be considered for publication. While limitations are now in place, Risley said he hopes the ease and convenience of the new online submission process will lead even more Phi Theta Kappa members to submit manuscripts.

A final change to Nota Bene is the moving of the deadline to April from December. Beginning in 2014, the deadline for submitting entries will be the first Friday in April of each year. Submissions for the 2014 edition of Nota Bene are due Friday, April 4, 2014.

Any student who has already submitted a hard-copy manuscript for the 2014 edition does not need to resubmit using the online form; Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters staff members will scan and upload the entries into the system. However, any student submitting a hard-copy manuscript beginning in December will be contacted to resubmit the entry using the online form.

Nota Bene was first published in 1994 and has been published annually ever since. It recognizes outstanding writing of Phi Theta Kappa members and demonstrates to the literary public the academic excellence and commitment to scholarship found at two-year colleges.

The Ewing Citation Scholarship Award of $1,000 is given to the author of the Nota Bene manuscript considered to be the most outstanding of all entries. Four authors receive the Reynolds Scholarship Awards of $500 each. Between 20 and 30 manuscripts are selected for publication.

Find more information about Nota Bene and view past winners here, and email Nota Bene Support or contact Erin Cogswell, Staff Writer, at 601.987.5533 with any questions.