Journal Categories

Submission categories for The Journal of Recollection Historica are listed below. Please read the appropriate section and follow the guidelines. Visit the Submit Your Entry page for more details on submission guidelines. 

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Categories List

Youths are eligible to submit in all categories, multiple submissions in either the same or different categories are allowed. There are currently 6 submission categories open for the 2022 edition journal. Discover new avenues of research and gain deeper understanding of your categories in the Selected Works page.

I.

Critical Research

Category Description

Critical research papers should be fact-based with a focus on humanities and social sciences (history, philosophy, politics, economics, literature, psychology, theology, etc.). The general tone and language use of the research should be objective, please refrain from using words that imply personal emotion or bias.

Special Instructions

There is no word limit. Critical research submissions should include an abstract no more than 400 words in the category-based extra information section on the submission form (optional). The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the paper, including the titles and subtitles, except for the filename.

II.

Poetry

Category Description

Poetry submission can be either nonfiction or fiction with a specific focus on humanities and social sciences. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Special Instructions

The author’s name should not appear in anywhere of the poem, including the titles and subtitles, except for the filename and if the author themselves is a character mentioned in the poem. You may submit an explanation or interpretation of the poem in no more than 1.5 times the length of the poem in the category-based extra information section on the submission form (optional).

III.

Review

Category Description

The Journal of Recollection Historica recognizes the value of both research-based literature reviews and artistic critiques. Review papers can present a narrative explaining the existing knowledge on a topic based on all the published research available on the topic; document the search for the answer for a particular question in the existing literature on a topic; or compare and combine the findings of previously published studies to assess the effectiveness of a particular approach—analysis of those research findings is especially crucial in this third kind of review paper. Critiques provide insightful commentaries on a particular piece of literature, film, music, or artwork; the general structure and tone of critiques are less formal than that of research-based literature reviews. Based on the information above, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) literature reviews, (2) research reviews, (3) film reviews, (4) poetry reviews, and (5) artistic reviews. Recommended length is 1000-3000 words.

IV.

Personal Memoirs

Category Description

Memoirs are literary works that focuses on personal experience. Authors may be explore and express their opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance. Longer pieces of personal memoirs could be considered as novel submissions. 

Special Instructions

Recommended to be 600-1500 words. The general tone of personal memoirs can be either formal or informal. Personal memoirs may be accompanied by a third-person biography statement or an author's notes section; this should be attached in the category-based extra information section on the submission form (optional).

V.

Dramatic Script

Category Description

Dramatic scripts are works that use dialogue, action, and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage. Excerpts can be submitted but should be clearly labeled as excerpts. 

Special Instructions

Dramatic script submissions may include a brief summary of the plotline in no more than 300 words in the category-based extra information section on the submission form (optional). Dramatic scripts submissions are required to use the standard screenplay format. For more information, please refer to https://www.nfi.edu/screenplay-format/

VI.

Novel Writing

Category Description

Novel submissions are long-form prose narratives. The submitted excerpt should be no longer than 4,000 words.

Special Instructions

Novel submissions may include a brief synopsis of the entire novel in no more than 500 words at the beginning of the excerpt. The author’s name should not appear in anywhere of the excerpt or the completed novel, including the titles and subtitles, except for the filename and if the author is a character in the novel.