Best Student Essays is not currently accepting submissions. Submissions for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 edition will open in August 2019. Follow these steps to submit:

  1. Carefully read the following submission guidelines.
  2. Have a faculty member nominate your work.
  3. Submit your work here.

Each student is limited to two submissions per category (documents and photo essays).

Faculty Nomination

All submissions must be accompanied by a faculty nomination, the link to which can be found here. Faculty nomination forms must be emailed directly from the faculty member to by the publication deadline.

Submission Categories


BSE publishes all genres of nonfiction, including essays, research, criticism, memoirs, foreign language with English translation, journalism, articles, and more. Students may submit nonfiction from current and past classes, work from institutions other than UNM, or personal writing.

Submissions may be no longer than twelve double-spaced pages. Foreign language pieces must meet the same criteria, including the translation.

All documents must be in .doc, .docs, .pdf or .rft format.

Photography and Art 

BSE welcomes photo essays. Photo essays must receive a faculty nomination and include an artist statement. Photographs must be a minimum of 300ppi with no more than 3000 pixels in the longest dimension.

A completed submission consists of the complete photo essay and artist statement. Artist statements should be no longer than 300 words.

All image files must be in JPEG format. All text documents must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .rtf format.


To submit, click here. You will be asked to create a free account in order to upload your submission and submission form. For the “cover letter” portion, please write a 1-3 sentence summary of your essay.