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The submission period for the 2020 issue is open!
To submit your work for Tortoise, see the instructions below:

Tortoise invites undergraduate students, graduate students and fellows currently affiliated with Princeton University to submit their academic writing for consideration to be published in Tortoise. We solicit academic writing from all disciplines – the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences and engineering – and publish excerpts along with reflective commentary about the writing process. Our goal is not only to share student writing with a wider audience, but also to demonstrate how it works.

2020 Issue Submission Deadline

The submission deadline for the Spring 2020 issue will close on January 16, 2020. Tortoise will then accept submissions for future issues on a rolling basis, however. 

How to Submit

Email your submission to Attach the full draft as a .doc or .docx file if possible.

Include the following information:

  • The author’s name, netID, and class year
  • The course/project for which the paper was written
  • A brief note highlighting what you consider to be the most successful element of your piece and why

There is no word or page count limit. Most essays selected for publication will be excerpted to showcase a specific element.

Additionally, an author may submit as many essays as they wish, as long as they were written during their academic career at Princeton. 

To get a sense of the kinds of essays that have been published in the past, please refer to articles published in our previous issues. The editorial staff considers all submitted essays through a blind review process. 

Questions can be directed to