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Eligibility of Students and Submission Types

All Citadel students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are welcome to submit:

to the current edition of The Gold Star JournalThe journal is published both electronically and in-print annually for Corps Day, mid-March.  Submissions are accepted until the end of the final exam period each fall semester. 

Nonfiction Papers

Research papers from any discipline may be submitted for publication. Some recent papers addressed German war graves, the development of electric car batteries, Cleopatra, cybersecurity and crytography, the Manchu army, quantum computing.  There are prizes for:

  • The Boyd Family Distinction Award, $800 
  • The Best Undergraduate Submission, $600
  • The Best Graduate Submission, $500
  • The Best Oral Presentation, $600 
First page of paper written by Cadet Hope, which appeared in 2019 GSJ.  First page of paper written by Cadet Blair, which appeared in 2020 GSJ.  First page of paper written by Cadet Kyte, which appeared in 2021 GSJ. 

Photo Stories

A photo story is a small collection of photographs that tells a story about a trip, an experience, etc. with brief prose. The first photo story was published in 2019 by William Rasberry.  There is a prize for:

  • The GSJ Distinction in Photography, $400

 First page of photo story by Cadet Rasberry, which appeared in 2019 GSJ.


Photographs of anything are welcome.  Past photographs have shown the unique military scenery of The Citadel campus, the life of a cadet, the beautiful scenery of the Charleston area, study abroad experiences, historic sites, etc.  Photographs of student's artwork are welcome additions to the journal.  Please consider submitting photographs of your drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc.  There is a prize for:

  • The Best Photograph, $400
Sergeant Yagle judging a competition. Photograph of an egret over the sitting atop a log above the water Photograph of an abandoned chair in an empty house

Review Process and Acceptance for Publication

Students, serving as editors, review all submissions and decide which works to publish.  Authors and photographers are contacted in the first month and a half about their submission(s).  The editors work with select authors on revising their work at the beginning of the spring semester. 

The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference (GSJAC)

Author Jalen Singleton

2021 Author Jalen Singleton presenting at GSJAC

Published authors and photographers also have the opportunity to speak at the annual Gold Star Journal Academic Conference, which occurs the Tuesday just after Corps Day.  Editors work with the authors and photographers on preparing for this event. 

The Gold Star Journal Awards


Following submission of the final papers for publication, the editors decide which ones should receive further recognition with awards.  After the dress rehearsal for the conference, the editors select the awardee for the best presentation.  All awards are given at the conference.  Awards include a trophy and check for the amounts given above.  Each author and photographer receives a certificate of publication at the conference. 



For more detailed information about submitting your work and actually submitting it, please visit the appropriate links above.

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