QCW is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. We also publish reviews, snapshots of writers, and comments (for information on journal sections, see this page). Issues are published twice a year in fall and spring.

We seek thought-provoking pieces from any disciplinary perspective that explore questions and problems related to writing, rhetoric, reading, literacy broadly conceived, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing. We expect that the work will be informed by critical conversations relevant to the topic–that is, composers should incorporate timely, pertinent research to support claims. In addition, we welcome projects that experiment with form, voice, style, and delivery.

Our goal is to create a freely accessible online resource that both showcases the outstanding critical work that students are doing and functions as a repository of source material appropriate for classroom use.

The founding editors and much of the staff reside in Cincinnati, also known as the “Queen City,” a moniker that stuck beginning in the early 1820s when the city experienced incredible growth. We pair this with the image on our front page: a shot of the city’s much mythologized abandoned subway tunnel that was built in the early 1920s. Much as a two-mile portion of the tunnel continues to be maintained, Cincinnati continues to be called the Queen City, whether to evoke a sense of history or its loss, nostalgia or irony, hope or disappointment. We see this local curiosity as an appropriate jumping off point for this journal, which, among other things, welcomes explorations of contradictory terms and meanings and their shifting rhetorical contexts.