The Montag and Essay Prize

The Montag

The Montag is an undergraduate research journal that publishes original essays, stories, poetry, art and other work by students taking classes in the College of Liberal Arts. The Core Humanities program funds the journal, but all the work of choosing and editing submissions and preparing the journal for publication is done by a team of student editors. Editors are hired before the start of the fall semester each year, and the journal is published once annually in the spring. Montag editors receive a tuition credit to work on the journal.

2018–2019 Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief:  Claire Carlson

Associate Editor: Sidney Thomas

Assistant Editors: Matthew Cotter and Madison Yeager

Students interested in applying for an editorial position may use the online application.

Submissions to The Montag are accepted throughout the year.   To submit to The Montag:

  • Please send your submission via email to The subject of the email should read "NAME-TITLE. "
  • The format of the submission should be Microsoft word format, 12-point font, Times New Roman.
  • Citations should be formatted in the accepted professional format of the related field.
  • Submissions can be essays, poetry, plays, short stories, artwork, photographs, musical scores, translations.  If the submission exceeds twenty pages, its likelihood of being published diminishes. Additionally, if your submission to the journal is chosen by our editorial board, you may be asked to work with an editor to perform revisions or alter formatting.

View the 2017 issue of The Montag.

View the 2018 issue of The Montag.

View the 2019 issue of The Montag.

Essay Prize

The Core Humanities program annually awards a $100 prize to the best essay written in a each Core Humanities course, as well as an additional $100 for the best essay written in all courses (chosen from the winners in each course). The prizes are awarded in the spring semester each academic year, for essays written in the previous calendar year (spring and fall semesters). The winning essay is also published in The Montag, an undergraduate research journal for students taking courses in the College of Liberal Arts.

Essays of any length that receive A grades are eligible for nomination.

Nominating Essays

Authors of outstanding essays are encougared to submit their work to The Montag, where CH essays will be considered for both the essay prize and publication in the journal.

Awarding the Essay Prizes

The prize committee is made up of the Director of Core Humanities and the Distinguished Professors of the Humanities. Other faculty may be invited to join the committee if needed. Theprize committee announces the winner early in spring and the prize is awarded at the reception to celebrate publication of The Montag.