Publication Celebration

All Columbia College Chicago faculty (full- and part-time) are invited to participate in the Annual Publication Celebration.

The Publication Celebration recognizes, shares, and honors the publication achievements of faculty during the previous calendar year. The event intends to acknowledge the many roles that go into the creation of a particular publication (e.g. development or copy editor, designer, illustrator, etc.), as well as the variety of modes, genres, disciplines, and forms in which Columbia faculty write. The event focuses primarily on work produced external to the college and that is at a stage in the publication process of having gone through significant academic and/or professional peer review.

What counts as a publication? What might I submit? New work published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year is eligible. This event aspires to be as inclusive as possible. Alphabetic texts (hardcopy or online), as well as multimodal compositions (digitally born/created texts), are welcome. Any role in the publication—author, editor, designer, illustrator, etc.—is valid. Multiple submissions will be accepted.

Not sure whether a particular piece would be a good fit for this event? A good rule of thumb might be something those in your field or discipline would call a publication, something that circulated and had a ‘readership’ be it large or small. It’s published work you’re proud of and want to share with all of your Columbia colleagues. Check out the 2020 Publication Celebration Catalog to get a better idea of what faculty have submitted in the past. Still not quite sure? Feel free to email Ames Hawkins at with any questions.

2021 Publication Celebration Website

2020 Publication Celebration Catalog

2019 Publication Celebration Catalog

2018 Publication Celebration Catalog

Deadline for 2022 Submission: February 14, 2022

Submission Instructions:  

Ready to submit your work to the Annual Publication Celebration? Email Ronni Oczowinski at the following information. 

A complete bibliographic entry, following the Modern Language Association (MLA ) guidelines, AND one of the following:

1) ISBN (so we can, if necessary, purchase the book and when possible provide some for sale)

2) A pdf/electronic galley (so we can print the article as hardcopy for easier perusing)

3) A working digital link (so attendees at the event can see the piece online)

Also: if your role isn’t quite clear from the bibliographical entry, please make sure to note that.

New to MLA bibliographic citation or want to double-check the MLA bibliographic entry of your submission? Follow the instructions and examples for the "Works Cited" style entries, with respect to your type of publication, on the left side of this link for a refresher guide. Be sure to match your citation up with the examples provided on each page.

Statement on Promotion of Self-published Materials at Columbia College Chicago

One important value in having a book published by an academic/commercial publisher is that it goes through a necessary process of peer review. An editor and colleagues in the discipline decide whether the book should be published and also recommend revisions, corrections, deletions, and additions prior to publication. Peer review, including the high-quality vetting of materials through other recognized professional/disciplinary processes, is standard in assuring academic quality and integrity.

A self-published work does not go through this peer-review vetting. Without this evidence of high-quality academic peer review, Columbia College Chicago does not formally celebrate or promote self-published work. This is not censorship. It is upholding the standards of academic quality and integrity referenced above, which is one of our core imperatives as an institution of higher education.

It is important to note that there are print and electronic materials that are not necessarily vetted through a formalized professional or disciplinary publishing process prior to publication. ‘Zines and other DIY electronic publications (e.g. podcasts, blogs), for example, may be self-generated and self-promoted. Artist books are also often self-published. For these sorts of works that are self-published, a professional and disciplinary peer-review vetting process occurs post-publication. Some of the more easily recognized forms of evidence in these instances are: 1) formal reviews published in professional and/or academic journals; 2) nomination and/or reception of academic and/or professional awards; 3) use in curriculum in institutions of higher education; 4) inclusion in events with a vetting process such as a gallery exhibition or museum installation; 5) wide-spread critical recognition of the scholarly and/or creative value of the work in a specific discipline/field.