Submission Guidelines for Writing Theses

Below you will find all the information you need to submit your Writing Thesis to DigitalCommons@SarahLawrence.

NOTE: You may not submit your thesis until it has been approved by your program. The thesis submitted must be the final approved version.

Who Can Submit here? Only Writing Graduate Program students with approved theses may submit here.

Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:

  • A signed and completed submission agreement
  • The full work in PDF format
  • The submission title
  • Any additional files (images, sound, etc.) that are integral to your work but not part of the PDF document
  • An abstract for your submission (up to 250 words)

Submitting your thesis is a quick and simple process. Follow the instructions below for submitting your documents to DigitalCommons@SarahLawrence.

How to Submit:


Step 1: Download and complete the submission agreement. Be sure the agreement is signed by you and all necessary faculty advisors. You will need a digital copy of the completed agreement in order to complete your submission in Digital Commons.
Note: See here for information on how to digitally sign a PDF.

Step 2: Create or login to your DigitalCommons@SarahLawrence Account (you must use your Sarah Lawrence email address). If you are creating an account, you will need to activate it. Digital Commons will send you an email with a link that you will need to click to activate your account.

Step 3: You will be asked to confirm you have a digital copy of your completed submission agreement. Check the box and click “Continue.”

Step 4: Complete the submission agreement. Required fields will be marked in red. You will be asked to select a subject category, list keywords, and submit an abstract, all of which enhance the indexing and retrieval of your thesis for future researchers.
Note: See Author FAQs for more information.

Step 5: You will be prompted to upload the digital file of your thesis, as well as the signed and completed digital submission agreement.

Step 6: Click submit. The information you provide will be reviewed for accuracy by Library staff and published according to your selected, and faculty approved, access level. You will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received.

Information on Access to your Thesis: See here for more information on access options.

All MFA Writing Theses are, by default, closed access, meaning that the full-text of your thesis will not be available online. You do have an option, however, to make your thesis available to either the SLC community or open access to the world. If your thesis is closed, a digital preservation copy will be maintained by the College Archives. Access will not be allowed to your thesis without first requiring written permission from you, the author. Please note, however, that your thesis will still have a metadata record in Digital Commons indicating that a thesis exists for you, but with only your name, year, and title of thesis. Lastly, a catalog record, with the same information, will appear in WorldCat.

When will my thesis be available on Digital Commons?

Once you have completed the submission process, please allow up to 6 weeks for SLC library staff to review and post your submission. If you selected the Open Access option, it will be available to view and download from the DigitalCommons@SarahLawrence site. If you did not select the open access option, your name and the title of your work will appear in searches, but the document itself will not be available until the terms of your access selection are met.