FAQ

  • If I graduate before my piece is accepted, can I still be published?
    • Yes, as long as you were a UC Merced student at the time of your original submission you are still eligible for publication. If you do graduate before you receive a decision on your piece, please make sure the email attached to your eScholarship account is one you will be accessing regularly after you graduate so we can still contact you. You can change your email by logging in to your eScholarship account and going to “My Profile” in the left hand sidebar. Around halfway down the page, there is an “Email” box that allows you to change your email, and contains instructions to do so.
  • Can I submit to The Vernal Pool even if I am not a UC Merced student?
    • At the time, we only accept submissions from UC Merced students. Transfer students who are UC Merced students at the time of submission are still eligible for publication.
  • Why do I have to submit in a standard font and spacing?
    • Unfortunately, non-standard fonts don’t always translate well between word processors. A non-standard font may prevent our team from being able to read your piece. Additionally, our team makes design decisions in the final publication on the font of all the pieces — to present a professional and uniform look, fonts and spacing will be standardized between accepted pieces during publication preparation. However, spacing in genres like visual poetry will be respected and kept in the final publication.
  • Do you publish physical copies of The Vernal Pool?
    • No — currently, we have .pdf versions of the publication that we publish here under each issue and send out to authors. You can take those .pdf versions and get them printed yourself if you like, but we do not currently print any ourselves.
  • If my piece gets published somewhere else before The Vernal Pool publishes it, what happens?
    • Please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case! Email us at thevpjournal@ucmerced.edu. We cannot publish anything that has previously been published, even if it had not been at the time of submission to The Vernal Pool. However, any pieces published in The Vernal Pool can be published elsewhere afterward, as you retain all rights to your work.