History of Impressions

Originally an extra-curricular activity, since 2005 Impressions has been a co-curricular publication in support of the Journalism and Writing Degree Programs through the Literary Publications Class. Faculty members of the Language and Literature Department have served as Advisors to the publication. Dr. Peter Grimes currently advises the student staff.

In most recent years Impressions has been entered in the North Dakota Professional Communicators College Publication contest. Editions published in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2008 won first prize; the editions of 2002, and 2009 placed second; the 2005 edition finished 3rd; and Impressions 2007 received an honorable mention. For several years the student editors were members of the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and the 2002 edition of the magazine placed second in the national competition. The North Dakota State Library Association has also honored Impressions as an outstanding state government publication. The magazine is archived in Stoxen Library and the State Library in Bismarck.

The editing process for the magazine includes cash prize competitions for DSU students with awards for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing, and photography and 2-D visual art.

The individual authors wholly own all future rights to material published in the magazine, and any reproduction or reprinting, in whole or in part, may be done only with their permission. The opinions and representations contained in the magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors, university administration, or faculty.

Submission Guidelines

Whom do we publish?

Impressions considers submissions by Dickinson State University students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as regional high school students (contest only).

What do we publish?

Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, two-dimensional art, and photography are welcome. Nonfiction includes the personal essay, as well as other essays that demonstrate artful language. We only accept unpublished work, unless we solicit published work from you. Once we have published your work, you are free to publish it elsewhere. We hold first-and one-time rights only.

Fiction

Up to 3,000 words, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12-point type, with sequentially numbered pages. Longer pieces of exceptional quality will be considered. Short stories and excerpts from longer works are acceptable, so long as the excerpts stand on their own. Please omit personal identifying info from the manuscript itself. 

Non-Fiction

Up to 3,000 words, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12-point type, with sequentially numbered pages. Longer pieces of exceptional quality will be considered. Excerpts from longer works are acceptable, so long as the excerpts stand on their own. Please omit personal identifying info from the manuscript itself.

Poetry

Four poems maximum, double-spaced, with 12-point type. Submit all poems in one document. Please omit personal identifying info from the manuscript itself. 

Photography

Between three and nine JPEGs, maximum width of 1000 pixels, maximum height of 600 pixels, resolution of 300 dpi. Each image should have a title.

Two-Dimensional Art

Four pieces maximum, scanned and converted to JPEG, maximum width of 1000 pixels, maximum height of 600 pixels, and resolution of 300 dpi. Each piece should have a title.

Are all subjects welcome?

All subjects are welcome so long as they are treated with literary or artistic purpose. Submissions will be commented on by the staff before we make a decision to publish or not publish it. No single editor’s taste will determine which submissions are accepted. A consensus must be reached.

Prizes

Current DSU Students

Although we cannot offer payment for regular publication, we do offer cash prizes for the best work, as judged by the staff. Current DSU students are eligible for $100 (winner) and $50 (runner-up) cash prizes in each category.

Regional High School Students

As of 2016 we also accept contest submissions from regional high school students in all categories. Contest winners and runners-up will be published. The winner in each of the following categories will receive a cash prize of $50, while each runner up will receive a $25 cash prize:

  • Writing Winner (chosen from all poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions)
  • Visual Art Winner (chosen from all photography and 2-D art submissions) 

Submission Deadline

There is no separate deadline for prize submissions. Deadlines are announced each spring semester and all work must be submitted by the published deadlines in order to be considered. The deadline for the 2017 publication is February 15, 2017.  

Submission Form

Complete the Impressions Submission form here. 

Archives

Impressions 2016

For access to prior years of the Impressions publication, contact the Department of Language and Literature.