Call for Reviews (Books, film, television, media)
Since 1989, Penumbra has published the artistic and literary talents of creatives regionally, nationally, and internationally. As a publication, Penumbra is unique; its student-led staff of graduates and undergraduates at CSU Stanislaus personally solicits, selects, and edits its content and design.
After 31 successful years in print, in the spirit of becoming increasingly accessible to writers, readers, and scholars near and far, we at Penumbra decided to build an online presence to produce high quality Summer and Fall publications online. The staff at Penumbraonline.org seek reviews of contemporary books, films, television shows, and media (e.g. art, video games, apps, etc…) of 600-900 words for our online Fall 2020 Issue. For this issue, we are accepting reviews of materials with both current and older release dates. We do this with the hope that works by Black authors and artists that have been long overlooked will find a place in our journal. Interested authors must submit their reviews by 1 November 2020. Accepted reviews will be professionally copy-edited and must be submitted in MLA format. For the Fall 2020 issue, Penumbra Online is looking for content regarding Black women authors and artists as part of our Black Voices and Experiences series. We especially welcome reviews of work by Black trans women and are interested in works that discuss the diverse experiences of Black women. Works like these could include for example books by Roxanne Gay or Tracey K. Smith, films directed by Dee Rees, or Black actresses’ portrayals on tv series such as How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish. Scholars of all professional levels are welcomed to submit proposals for reviews and we especially invite the work of graduate students. To be considered for publication, potential authors must first email Hannah Neeley and Ahmed Fara, Review Editors of Penumbra Online, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to submit a CV and a brief proposal of the text they would like to review. We recommend using the subject line “Penumbra Review” for correspondences concerning proposals or accepted submissions.
While we now offer an online issue each Summer and Fall, Stanislaus State also proudly digitizes current and past issues of the print versions of Penumbra at https://www.csustan.edu/penumbra for public viewing. Potential reviewers are encouraged to browse the journal’s past and present offerings and note the journal’s diverse range of subject matter and contributors.