a journal of critical literary studies

Submission Guidelines

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies considers scholarly essays that fall within the scope of its Editorial Policy (see About the Journal). The journal will also consider commentary or opinion pieces on issues of importance to contemporary literary scholarship, but please contact the Editor prior to submission with details of your proposed topic for specific submission guidelines.

College Literature has a policy of anonymous peer review. The journal does not accept simultaneous submissions, and all submissions must be original and unpublished work. Include in your submission email a statement confirming that the manuscript has been submitted exclusively to College Literature, and is not under consideration for any other publication.

Address all correspondence for the Editor, Carolyn Sorisio, to:


Please send your essay as a Microsoft Word document. Only electronic submissions will be considered; please do not send hard copies. Please submit via email to:

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and between 8,000 and 12,000 words.

Please ensure that neither your name nor any identifying reference appears anywhere in the manuscript. Any necessary reference to your previous work should be in the third person. Please include as a separate Microsoft Word document a title page detailing your name, the title of your essay, an abstract of 150 words, a list of at least six key search terms, and your contact details.

You are asked to use our Style Sheet in preparing your manuscript for submission, which can be downloaded here. For referencing, please use the Author-Date Reference System as set out in chapter 15 (Documentation II: Author-Date References) of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please do not use the endnote function of MS Word: instead include your endnotes as regular text at the end of your document and indicate their placement in the text with superscript numerals.