FAQ

  1. Where can I purchase a copy of Bricolage?
  2. How much does the journal cost?
  3. How can I get involved with Bricolage?
  4. Where can I find out when your events are?
  5. Am I eligible to submit to Bricolage?
  6. What kinds of work may I submit?
  7. May I submit multiple-part submissions?
  8. May I submit something that has already been published? Or something that I am also submitting for publication somewhere else?
  9. May I submit something in another language?
  10. When can I submit?
  11. How do I submit? What are the requirements for my submission?
  12. Will my submission be edited?
  13. Will I be notified if my submission is accepted or rejected?
  14. How do the rights for my submission work?
  15. How does the submissions review process work?
  16. What are the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of being a volunteer reviewer?
  17. What are the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of being a staff member?
  18. What kind of staff positions does Bricolage have?
  19. I have more questions. How can I get them answered?

Where can I purchase a copy of Bricolage?

We sell our current issues in the English advising office on campus (Padelford A-2-B), at Bulldog News on the Ave, and at the University Bookstore, both on the Ave and in the HUB . Our back issues are also available for sale; if you would like to purchase back issues, please talk to the English advising staff or contact us at bricouw@gmail.com.

This year, we will also be working on converting some of our Bricolage issues to ebook format. When our ebooks are available, we will make an announcement on our website and Facebook page to let you know!

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How much does the journal cost?

Issue 32 can be purchased for $10. Back issues are available for $5.

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How can I get involved with Bricolage?

Great question! We are always looking for people to help us with a number of different tasks and responsibilities. Here is a list of the ways you can get involved:

  • Come to our events: Periodically throughout the school year, we promote the creative community of UW by hosting open mic nights! You are welcome to come and perform with prose, poetry, songs, musical instruments, comedy, or anything else that you can do on stage (within reason). If you’ve got stage fright or you’d just rather not perform anything, come anyway to listen and support your creative peers! We also host other fun events, such as writing workshops and lectures on various topics related to literature and art! Look for upcoming events on our events page: https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/events/

  • Help us with publicity tasks: We can always use help with things like tabling, putting up posters, setting up chairs for open mic nights, chalking the sidewalks, and more. If you would like to help us with any of these tasks, send us an email and we will put you down on an email list. Then, anytime we need help with something, we will send out an email notification, and you can let us know what you’d like to help with!

  • Submit to our journal: The UW community has a vast amount of creative talent, and we want to find it! We accept submissions in three categories: prose, poetry, and visual art. If you have some awesome artistic creativity that you’d like to publish, send us your work! See our submissions page for more details: https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/submissions/

  • Be a volunteer reviewer: Volunteer reviewers are very important to our submissions review and selection process. They assist the category editors with reading and looking through the submissions, as well as give us feedback on which submissions they think should be published in the journal. You can volunteer in any of our three categories: prose, poetry, and visual art.

  • Become a staff member: Every year, spots open up on our staff board when staff members graduate or move on to other things. We have seven positions: managing editor, prose editor, poetry editor, art editor, design/layout editor, development/financial officer, and community involvement officer. When we have openings in our staff, we make announcements at our events, on our website, and on our Facebook page. Although we consider all undergraduate applicants, we tend to more highly value applicants who have participated with us before in any of the ways listed above.

If you have questions about any of these involvement opportunities or would like to participate in one or more of these options, please email us at bricouw@gmail.com!

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Where can I find out when your events are?

You can find information about any of our upcoming events on posters around campus, our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/bricouw), and our website (https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/events/).

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Am I eligible to submit to Bricolage?

We accept submissions from anyone associated with the University of Washington. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as staff, faculty, and alumni from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses.

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What kinds of work can I submit?

We accept submissions in three categories: prose, poetry, and visual art. As long as it follows our submission guidelines and can be printed in journal format, we’d love to look at your submission! Here are some examples for each of the categories:

  • Prose: fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, plays, scripts

  • Poetry: free verse, blank verse, limericks, haikus, sonnets

  • Visual Art: photographs, drawings, paintings, design/graphic work, sculptures (in digital image format)

We DO NOT accept academic/research papers, news articles, or technical documents.

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May I submit multiple-part submissions?

If you would like to submit something that has multiple parts (i.e. a poem illustrated by a drawing), you may do so, but you must make it clear when you submit that the pieces are meant to go together. We will then review your submission as a whole. See our submissions page for more details: https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/submissions/

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May I submit something that has already been published? Or something that I am also submitting for publication somewhere else?

Bricolage only accepts unpublished submissions. If your prose, poetry, or visual art work has been previously published, we will not consider it for publication.

We will allow simultaneous submissions, but you must let us know when you submit that the piece is under consideration with multiple publishers. If your piece gets accepted for publication somewhere else, you must let us know immediately.

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May I submit something in another language?

You are certainly welcome to submit something in another language as we welcome creative talent from all facets of the UW community, but please be aware that all of our submissions undergo the same review process and considerations–we do not bring in outside resources to help us evaluate. If the people reviewing your submissions do not speak the language you submit in, they will not be able to evaluate it according to the process and considerations we have set up, which will therefore significantly affect whether or not your submission is accepted.

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When can I submit?

As soon as the current year’s issue is released, we begin accepting submissions for the next issue. Since our journal is always released at the end of spring quarter, this means that we begin accepting submissions by the start of summer quarter, and accept them clear through our submissions deadline, which can be found on the submissions page of our website. https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/submissions/

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How do I submit? What are the requirements for my submission?

Please see our submissions page for directions and specific requirements: https://bricolageuw.wordpress.com/submissions/ 

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Will my submission be edited?

If your submission is accepted, we will not edit for content, but we will edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word (mis)usage, etc. We do make sure that we provide the author/artist an opportunity to review any edits we have done. While we respect the author/artist’s right to reject edits that they are not comfortable with, please understand that our journal utilizes a style sheet to maintain consistency throughout the journal. The guidelines included on the style sheet are non-negotiable.

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Will I be notified if my submission is accepted or rejected?

Yes. Once we have finished our review of all the submissions and selected the ones we will include in the journal, we will notify you via email whether your submission was accepted or rejected.

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How do the rights for my submission work?

If your work is accepted for publication, you will be provided with a “reversion of rights” document to sign and return to us. This will make it so that all the legal rights to your piece will return to you after it been published in Bricolage.

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How does the submissions review process work?

Each category editor works with a panel of volunteer reviewers who help evaluate all of the submissions. Before the editors meet with their reviewing staff, the submitter’s personal information from each piece is removed and submissions are assigned numbers–this way, the numbers allow us to keep track of the submissions, but the review process is kept blind.

Reviewing staff members who feel that they recognize a submission or might know who the submitting author/artist is are asked to abstain from evaluating that piece. This is to ensure that we are not allowing any bias to enter the review process.

Every submission is evaluated by each reviewing staff member using a standardized rubric. Prose, poetry, and visual art rubrics all share the same three sections (Technique/Form, Appeal, and Original Piece), but each section is broken up into individual criteria specific to the genre of submission.

Once all of the submissions have been reviewed, the rubric scores are tallied to determine the top pieces in every category. Then, the category editors and the managing editor hold a meeting to finalize the submissions that will be published.

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What are the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of being a volunteer reviewer?

The only thing we require for you to be a volunteer reviewer is some interest in the category you would like to volunteer for. If you would like to volunteer for multiple categories, that is just fine! However, please note that you cannot volunteer for any category in which you have submitted work.

Once the editor for the category you have volunteered with has received enough submissions, you will be contacted with detailed information regarding when and where meetings will be held and how the review process will work for submissions in that category. The number and frequency of meetings depends on the volume of submissions we receive. While attendance at every meeting is not mandatory, we do request that if you volunteer, you make an effort to attend as many of the meetings as possible so that we are able to get a fair and even review of the submissions.

Being a steady participant in the volunteer review process makes you eligible to purchase a copy of the journal at a discounted price once it is published! Score! You also get to have your name printed in the journal, which is not only awesome, but also allows you to put the experience on your resume.

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What are the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of being a staff member?

Working on the staff is a lot more time consuming than being a volunteer reviewer, but it is a very rewarding experience! Like the volunteer reviewers, being a staff member is also on a volunteer basis; you do not get paid to be on the staff. However, all staff members are eligible to receive internship credit through the English department.

We do not require prior experience in the staff position you apply for per se, but naturally we do consider any experience as a factor when making our staff selections. Interest in and enthusiasm for the position is a must. We also highly value teamwork and collaboration skills—in other words, qualities that will make you “mesh” with the rest of the team. This is just as important as your individual qualifications, as publishing an annual journal depends largely on the staff’s ability to work together and support each other throughout nine plus months of hard, but exciting work!

The specific responsibilities of each staff member differ, but all are required to do the following:

  • Be a current, undergraduate student on the Seattle UW campus

  • Stay in the Seattle area for fall, winter, and spring quarter of the year you are applying to be on staff (if you are on a study abroad during this period of time, you will be unable to fulfill all of your job requirements, and are therefore ineligible to apply for a staff position)

  • Check and respond to Bricolage-related emails on a daily basis

  • Attend weekly meetings (each lasts about an hour)

  • Dedicate several hours a week to Bricolage-related tasks that fall within your job description (some positions are busier than others depending on the stage of the publishing process we are in)

  • Assist and participate in publicity tasks such as putting up posters, tabling, and organizing open mic nights

As a staff member, you not only get to experience the magical and wonderful process of publishing a journal, but you also get to participate in a highly motivated and creative group of your peers, immerse yourself into the artistic community of the UW, influence what goes into the journal, and make decisions on how the journal will be presented to the public. And of course, having your name published on the staff page in a journal that’s been around thirty plus years at a well-known academic institution isn’t half bad either!

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What kind of staff positions does Bricolage have?

The Bricolage staff is comprised of seven positions:

  • Managing Editor:   Responsibilities include coordinating staff, recruiting members, creating and managing production timeline, heading meetings, coordinating class visitations, reading all submissions to the journal, working with design/layout editor on details of the journal format, reviewing proofs, managing website and email account in conjunction with community involvement officer, contacting and negotiating with bookstores/booksellers for journal distribution, assisting other officers/editors as needed, and additional miscellaneous tasks.

  • Community Involvement Officer:   Responsibilities include maintaining website and email account in conjunction with managing editor, coordinating authors for the release party reading, acting as MC for all Bricolage events, preparing acceptance/rejection letters, creating publicity/promotional materials in conjunction with design/layout editor, managing the Bricolage Facebook page.

  • Development Officer:   Responsibilities include creating and maintaining an annual budget, recording all transactions, managing invoices, and fundraising.

  • Prose Editor:   Responsibilities include collecting, reviewing, selecting, and editing all prose submissions, managing prose volunteers and meetings, and communicating with all prose authors.

  • Poetry Editor:   Responsibilities include collecting, reviewing, selecting, and editing all poetry submissions, managing poetry volunteers and meetings, and communicating with all poetry authors.

  • Visual Art Editor:   Responsibilities include collecting, reviewing, selecting, and editing all visual art submissions, managing visual art volunteers and meetings, and communicating with all artists.

  • Layout/Design Editor:   Responsibilities include designing the look and format of the journal and promotional materials, and proofreading the final manuscript before it is sent to the printer.

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I have more questions. How can I get them answered?

We welcome any additional questions you may have! Just send us an email at bricouw@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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