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Stonehouse Academic Journal is a student-run, academic publication with an emphasis on liberal arts and sciences. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta's XI Delta Chapter, this journal encourages innovation, creativity, and critical thinking in the original work of Northern Illinois University students.  

Stonehouse promotes the writing, rhetoric, and research of NIU’s undergraduate and graduate students as they engage in academic conversation. Each student-selected essay published through this academic journal stands as a stone in a wall of our stone house.



Copyeditor Application

Application Deadline: October 31

Copyeditors help finalize the grammar, punctuation, quotations, and works cited for only the portion of the essays that editors decide to accept for publication. Furthermore, they may be asked to communicate with the selected authors for any required edits before the paper can be approved for publication. Copyediting is a very short time commitment - only about three to four weeks from late February to mid-March. We have a limited number of positions available for copyeditors, and priority will go to students who have also signed up to be an editor. Click the icon below to fill out a short application. No experience is necessary, and all majors and years of schooling are welcome. 

Editor Application

Application Deadline: October 31

Editors analyze and criticize all submitted essays based on originality of the thesis, academic merit, structure, and clarity. After editing from early November to early February, editors are also expected to attend a meeting in mid-February - date to be determined - to decide which essays we accept for publication. We have an unlimited number of positions available, so anyone who fills out an application will be considered a part of the staff if they turn in their essays, show up to necessary meetings, and respond to future communications. Click the icon below to fill out a short application. No experience is necessary, and all majors and years of schooling are welcome.

Managing Editor Application

Application Deadline: October 31

Managing editors perform all the same duties as a copyeditor and editor. However, they also assist in advertising, design, manuscript formatting, and anything else related to publication. We only have one to two positions available for this role, and priority will go to current sophomores and juniors who are interested in the Editor-in-Chief position for the 2023-2024 academic school year. Although this role is more of a time commitment than the others, it is an excellent opportunity for editing enthusiasts. Click the icon below to fill out a short application. No experience is necessary, and all majors and years of schooling are welcome.


Essay Submissions

Our submission window will last from November 1 to January 31. Every essay submission must meet the following requirements:

  • Polished academic essay

  • 1-5k words 

  • Humanities or general liberal arts focus

  • Not previously published

  • Include works cited or reference page, if necessary

  • Written by a current NIU student

  • Provide contact information

Please submit to you have any questions, please email the Editor-in-Chief, Brenna Bretzinger, at


















The first published writers for Stonehouse Academic Journal


"In his novel Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes consistently reimagines a theme common in chivalric tales: love. Although authors commonly portrayed love as a chaste yet romantic wooing of damsels, Cervantes exposes seventeenth-century Spain's conception of love less as a feeling and more like a business contract. Furthermore, Cervantes explores the effects that love has on characterization, revealing that - for female characters - anonymity often rests on their lack of relationship while men explode with physical aggression toward romantic rivals and verbal abuse toward the women that rejected them. Finally, Cervantes condemns the one-sided chivalric romance between Don Quijote and Dulcinea while applauding the marriage between Sancho and Teresa; though fraught with barbed insults and arguments, Sancho and Teresa consistently choose to love one another despite their hardships. Overall, Cervantes satirizes the romanticized version of love typical in chivalric romances in favor of realistic - yet less conventionally romantic - love stories." 

-Excerpt from Brenna Bretzinger's Romantic Satire in Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quijote




















                         Lenora Murphy, founder of Stonehouse Academic Journal


"When thinking about the broad topic of artifact provenance in relation to looted or stolen object, most people familiar with the terminology are reminded of the curiosity cabinet. These cabinets, or collections, would contain artifacts of highly unethical acquisition with misconstrued histories, and were presented by "collectors," otherwise known as the first museum curator. To people familiar with only modern-day archaeology, that visualization of a stolen object with dubious provenance - the archeological term for an artifact's documentable line-of-ownership - being showcased by charlatans seems to be, and is, a false equivalence to modern archaeological practices. The idea that artifacts at famous museums might have been obtained illicitly seems like an issue that should have already been solved before now. Unfortunately, while great efforts have been made to rectify the illicit and unethical acquisition of artifacts and to provide methods of repatriation, the unethical attainment of artifacts continues to this day due to the history between colonial nations and colonized peoples."

-Excerpt from Bridgette Fox's Artifact Provenance - Still a Contemporary Anthropological Issue








Another rock in our stone house


"Feminists have long hailed Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as a piece of literature with refreshing representation. The title character is a fiery, spirited girl who becomes more independent as she gets older. Readers watch the characterization of Jane progress from her life as a ten-year-old orphan to an eighteen-year-old governess and future wife of Edward Rochester. One cannot forget, though, that Rochester's first wife, Bertha Mason, plays a surprisingly integral part in Jane's life without ever uttering a word. While Charlotte Brontë's characterization of Jane Eyre continues to challenge societal views of women and marriage, the savage and animalistic degradation of Bertha Mason needs to give readers pause." 

-Excerpt from Sophia Walsh's In Defense of Bertha Mason

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Essay Submissions

Art Submissions

Our art submissions window will last from February 7 to March 10. We will accept drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, and digital art. Every submission must include the following:

  • Creator's name

  • Medium

  • Year Produced

  • Titles and captions are optional

  • Submit as JPG, PDF, or TIFF

Please submit to you have any questions, please email the Editor-in-Chief, Brenna Bretzinger, at

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Rowan Solana

The Path Forward

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Zulfiqar Ahmed

Digital photography

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Michael Emery

Digital photography


Sydney Gustafson 

Digital photography

Art Submissions


Please contact the current editor-in-chief, Brenna Bretzinger, with any questions or concerns using either of the emails below.

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