Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions Submissions Guidelines

Who can submit?

A current University Honors Students from any academic discipline may submit an original article/creative work to Honorable Mentions.

General guidelines

All submissions must be typewritten, and submitted electronically via email to niuhonorablementions@gmail.com. In the subject line, it should say: title of your work, your name, your major, and your year Students should complete a separate submission email for each submission, thus, one submission per email Issues are published once a month, on the first of each month Students must submit their work before the 20th of each month. Then the submission will be considered for the following month’s issue (ex: the March 1st issue will only consider works submitted by February 20th).

The deadlines are as follows:

Formatting guidelines

  • Place name, year, major, and title of story or artwork in the subject line of the email
  • Written submissions: submitted as an attached word document and typed in a readable font
  • Photographs/drawings/paintings/other scans: attached as PDF files
    • Photos/paintings/drawing/other scanned art: no more than 5 per issue
    • Optional: share a short summary of what your artwork is about
  • Videos: submitted via a hard copy to the Honors Office

Other guidelines

  • This publication does represent the Northern Illinois University Honors Program
  • Avoid gossip and libel

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Honorable Mentions Student Editorial Board. Submissions are evaluated based on the above guidelines, and may be sent back to the student for edits (other than grammatical edits). Student submissions will also be selected based on the representation of the theme for the month (submissions do not always have to be completely faithful to the theme,
but should relatively reflect it).

Why submit?

Having the ability to publish work to a peer reviewed journal as an undergraduate is a great achievement; if your work gets published you have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the “Best of” printed edition at the end of the academic year; Honorable Mentions is an opportunity to demonstrate your work and talents, and thus the creativity and diversity of University Honors students as a whole.


  • September
    What did you do this summer?
  • October
    Tradition (Homecoming, University Honors, Annual events)
  • November
    Volunteering and Thanksgiving
  • December 
    Rep your involvements: Extra and co-curricular involvements this past semester