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College English Submission Guidelines

Editorial Policy

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College English provides a forum for scholars working within any subfield of English studies to address a cross-section of the profession. Appropriate subject areas for submissions include the history, theory, and practice(s) of: rhetoric and composition studies, literacy, literature, linguistics, media/technology, and creative writing, as well as other related professional issues. As the flagship journal of the College Section of NCTE, College English represents the best emerging research and scholarship from teacher-scholars working within all institutional types and appeals to a broad, informed readership within English studies.

Submissions should either add new knowledge or challenge received opinion through a well-defined inquiry into one of the above areas, should demonstrate in the process an explicit awareness of prior scholarship on the subject at hand, and should exhibit an awareness of the broad readership of the journal. Accordingly, studies of single works and descriptions of specific classroom practices will be considered only if they serve to illustrate a critical or pedagogical theory or strategy that can be applied broadly to other cases/situations.

Articles should normally be no more than 10,000 words; collaboratively authored or polyvocal submissions are welcome. “Comment & Response” pieces are selected by the editor. Reviews are commissioned by the editor.

Manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under consideration elsewhere. When submitting manuscripts that include student work or other live human subjects' participation, please indicate your institution’s IRB approval of the project in the Comments box. Researchers working  with living human subjects at institutions that do not have IRB should indicate that information in their submission comments.

When submitting manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system, authors should choose as Article Type either the standard Article or the “And Gladly Teach” category (see criteria here). Include a 100-word abstract and a brief cover letter (the latter in the Comments box, not with the rest of your manuscript).

When reviewing manuscripts, reviewers are asked to consider the following questions:

  • Does the author present a compelling argument of specific interest to College English readers?
  • Is the topic situated appropriately in the literature?
  • Does the manuscript present a sustained method or frame of inquiry?
  • Does the manuscript present clear and compelling evidence and/or analysis?

Writers may wish to be mindful of these queries when preparing their manuscripts.

Submissions should be free of internal references to the author’s identity and should follow the current (8th) edition of the MLA Handbook. Manuscripts that conform to these standards and that are judged by the editor to be appropriate for the journal are submitted to blind review by external readers. Time from initial submission to notification of the submission’s status is approximately sixteen weeks. The editor retains responsibility for final selection.

Submit manuscripts at Noncommercial announcements and calls for papers, 100 words or fewer, are run on a space-available basis and should be sent directly to the editor at Press deadline is at least four months in advance of the events announced.


Book Reviews: Guidelines for Reviewers, Publishers, and Authors

As a journal that draws broadly across the subdisciplines of English studies, College English takes as its goal to publish review essays that are relevant to a wide spectrum of scholarly interests. Review essays cover multiple related recent titles, locate them in disciplinary conversations, and evaluate their success in achieving their stated goals. Thus, review essays focus on trends in the field rather than on single titles.

Prospective Reviewers
College English only publishes commissioned review essays. Prior to drafting a review, prospective reviewers should query the editor at

Review inquiries should include the names of the proposed titles. If the proposing reviewer has any personal or professional connection to the authors of the suggested works, it should be noted. Inquiries should also describe the reviewer’s relevant expertise.

Authors are invited to have their publishers send copies of their work to the field office at the following address:

Melissa Ianetta
Editor, College English
Department of English
212 Memorial Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Review Guidelines
Commissioned reviews

  • should be not more than approximately 6,000 words
  • must be approved by the editor prior to publication
  • conform to MLA 8th edition guidelines

Questions? Contact Melissa Ianetta via

Email: (for queries and general correspondence only; all submissions must be sent to Editorial Manager—see above)

Editorial Office Address:
College English
University of Delaware
Department of English
212 Memorial Hall
Newark, DE 19716

The editor reserves the right to edit essays so that their usage conforms with the NCTE Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language. Publicity accorded to a particular point of view does not imply endorsement by NCTE, except in announcements of policy, when such endorsement is clearly specified.

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