Ends on October 15, 2018

Pennsylvania English Call for Critical Essay Submissions

The deadline for receipt of submissions is October 15 2018.

Please send any submissions and questions to Critical Work editor, Dr. John Marsden: marsden@iup.edu and Pennsylvania English editor, Dr. Michael T, Williamson: mtwill@iup.edu

Submission guidelines:

* Submit a critical paper on any aspect of English Studies of ten to twenty (10-20) pages (3000-6000 words)

* Please do not use end notes.

* Because we rely on blind submission judging, do not include your name  anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts that contain identifiable  information on the critical essay will be rejected.

* Do not send simultaneous submissions or previously published work!

* Follow current MLA guidelines for critical essay submissions and  formatting. Be sure your article has a proper works cited page, and make  sure your citation conforms to the most current guidelines.

*  For all submissions, please include a brief bio for the contributors'  page. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, email  address, institutional affiliation (if you have one), the title of your  critical essay, and any other relevant information. We will edit if  necessary for space.

In addition to the current call for papers, essays on any topic relating to literature and literary productions (musical, video, etc.)  are welcome.

Current cfp for Volume 40: 

Volume 40 

Deep Time, Slow Time, Fast Time

Abstracts due by June 1, 2018 to mtwill@iup.edu

Essays due by September 1, 2018 to mtwill@iup.edu

How do changes in the way we think about time influence the ways in which we construct literary histories? The editors of Pennsylvania English invite essays of 3,000-6,000 words that consider possible answers to this question. The editors are particularly interested in considerations of differences between apocalyptic, catastrophic time, “deep time” (especially human narratives involving non-human history), and/or conceptions of time influenced by narratives of generative plenitude (religious or otherwise). Ancillary questions for contributors to consider include variants of the following: how does paying attention to historical shifts away from catastrophist, apocalyptic ideas about time and toward ideas about gradual or “deep” time and history change the ways in which we understand fatalism, determinism, madness and love in literature? Considerations of texts in which evolution replaces revolution, evidence replaces conviction/belief/ideology, deep time replaces utopianism, and nature displaces humans as the major force acting on the globe are welcome, but so are discussions that suggest alternative or counter models. 

Please send abstracts of 500 words, essays of 3000-6000 words, and all inquiries to 

Dr. Michael T. Williamson

Editor Pennsylvania English 


Contributors will be notified of  acceptance status via email at the completion of the reading period (at  the beginning of October 2018).

Payment upon publication is two copies of Pennsylvania English.

Notice of Copyright:

By submitting your work, you agree that Pennsylvania English acquires  first serial rights to publish the piece both electronically and in  print. In addition, Pennsylvania English may reserve non-exclusive  publication rights to reprint a piece in a “best of” issue or anthology.