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Information for TETYC Authors

Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) publishes articles for two-year college English teachers and those teaching the first two years of English in four-year institutions. We seek articles (4,000–7,000 words) in all areas of composition (basic, first-year, and advanced); business, technical, and creative writing; and the teaching of literature in the first two college years. We also publish articles on topics such as program and curriculum development, assessment, technology and online learning, writing program administration, developmental education in writing and reading, speech, writing centers in two-year colleges, journalism, reading, ESL, and other areas of professional concern.

The editor through the May 2016 issue is Jeff Sommers of West Chester University. Questions regarding articles submitted before December 1,  2015, should be directed to him by email at or by phone (215-436-2916).

The incoming editor (first issue: September 2016) is Holly Hassel of the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. She will begin accepting submissions after December 1, 2015. Direct questions to her at

Submission Guidelines Effective December 1, 2015

TETYC also publishes several regular features:

Beginning in September 2016, TETYC will publish two new features:

Review Essays will be 2,000–3,000 words and offer a synthesis of recently published works on a common topic or theme. Aimed at the busy teacher-scholar, review essays should indicate how the works included (at least three books, articles, Web publications, or other types of professional resources) are interconnected and speak to a shared professional concern. See more information in the guidelines for book and media reviewers.

Symposiums aim to bring together diverse voices on a common topic of interest to two-year college English teachers and may be from 2,000 to 4,000 words. Sample topics might be reflections on white papers or position statements from NCTE, TYCA, or CCCC; commentary on trends in the field; or responses to recent studies, research pieces, or policy reports. Writers interested in contributing a Symposium piece should submit a proposal through Editorial Manager (see below) that includes the suggested topic, names and short background on contributing writers, and a brief summary of the perspectives that the piece will offer.

Submission Guidelines and Information

All pages should be numbered. Beneath the article title on the first page should be a one-sentence descriptor of the article. Longer essays should provide at least one level of internal headings. All documentation should be in text (with a works-cited list), following the latest MLA Handbook (8th edition). The author’s name should not appear on any pages of the manuscript. Authors should familiarize themselves with NCTE’s Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language. Articles, Instructional Notes, What Works for Me, and reviews are all submitted for double-blind review by a minimum of two outside readers. The editor makes final decisions regarding all manuscripts based on reviewers’ recommendations, usually within three months.

Using students' or others' work: Articles that incorporate work from students or other subjects should include either documentation of Institutional Review Board approval or permission from writers to be included in the manuscript (even when such work is used anonymously or pseudonymously). Click here to access the permission form needed to include the work of others in your submission (especially student work).

Where to Send

Manuscripts should be submitted to the TETYC Editorial Manager manuscript submission and review site. Please register there as an author. Once logged in to the system, follow the instructions to upload your submission.

encourages publication by first-time authors. The editor invites inquiries about potential articles or manuscripts in progress and is willing to assist in developing projects for the journal.

Queries and general correspondence may be sent to Editor Holly Hassel at tetyc.editor@

Editorial Office Address

Teaching English in the Two-Year College
University of Wisconsin-Marathon County
518 S. 7th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

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