vii – Epigraph

epigraph page
Epigraph from emerge 2013

As outlined below, an epigraph is a quotation that is pertinent but not integral to the text. It is optional.

Epigraph Selection Process

During the production of emerge, the production team may solicit potential epigraphs from the emerge editorial team members and will create a longlist. The production team will review all submissions and shortlist three epigraphs. These three epigraphs will be voted on within the collective emerge production team. The epigraph with the most votes will be included in the anthology.

Final Wording of Epigraph

The production team, in collaboration with the Managing Editor and Publisher, will have final say on the wording of the epigraph.

Placement of Epigraph in emerge

The epigraph appears on p. vii.

CMS Guidelines

From the Chicago Manual of Style:

1.36 Epigraph and epigraph source

An author may wish to include an epigrapha quotation that is pertinent but not integral to the textat the beginning of the book. If there is no dedication, the epigraph may be placed on page v (see 1.4); otherwise, it is usually placed on page vi, opposite the table of contents. Epigraphs are also occasionally used at chapter openings and, more rarely, at the beginnings of sections within chapters. The source of an epigraph is usually given on a line following the quotation, sometimes preceded by a dash (see 13.34). Only the author’s name (in the case of a well-known author, only the last name) and, usually, the title of the work need appear; beyond this, it is customary not to annotate book epigraphs. Click here for CMS Online.

Previous Epigraphs


“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”
– Muriel Rukeyser


“I saw that I could become a writer if I paid attention, if I was careful, if I observed the rules, and then, just as carefully, broke them.”
—Carol Shields


So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul…
let your roots creep forth, gaining strength.
—Emily Carr


You have to give people
something to dream on.
—Jimi Hendrix


Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.
—Sylvia Plath


Between the page and the writer is a magnetism more compelling than any other relationship.
—Betsy Warland, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing


No epigraph used


No epigraph used


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