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Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) publishes articles for two-year college teachers and those teaching the first two years of English in four-year institutions. We seek articles 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 staffing, assessment, technology, writing program administration, speech, journalism, reading, ESL, and other areas of professional concern.

TETYC publishes several regular features: Instructional Notes (short articles describing successful classroom practices); Reviews of books, software, and other nonprint materials; Readers Write (50-200 word comments on published articles or professional issues); and What Works for Me (brief descriptions of successful classroom activities; 200-750 words). Announcements such as a call for papers or information on an upcoming conference, and Poetry (40 lines maximum) are published on a space-available basis.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically in MS Word. The accompanying email message should contain the author’s name, address, work and home phone numbers,  fax number, and email address. The accompanying email must also include a statement that the manuscript has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors may alternatively submit manuscripts through the US mail. Please send an original and three photocopies (four copies total), along with an electronic copy of their article on a CD in MS Word. Please include three unaddressed 9" x 12" envelopes with sufficient unattached postage for mailing hard copies to reviewers. A cover letter should accompany the submission, providing the same information as the email described above. The author’s name should not appear on any pages of the manuscript.

Feature articles should be between 3,000 and 6,500 words; Instructional Notes, from 1,200 to 4,000 words. 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. 

Documentation and Style

 All documentation should be in text, following the latest MLA Style Manual. A works-cited list in MLA style should follow the article. Excessive documentation and long discursive notes should be avoided. Articles, reviews, instructional notes, and poems are all submitted for blind review by a minimum of two outside readers. Decisions on other material are generally made by the editorial staff. The editor makes final decisions regarding all manuscripts based on reviewers’ recommendations, usually within three months.  

Authors should familiarize themselves with NCTE's Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language.

Where to Send

All submissions, except reviews of books and other professional materials, should be sent to:

Jeff Sommers, Editor, TETYC
English Department, Main Hall
West Chester University
700 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383 

If you have questions or need further information, you may contact the editor by phone (215-436-2916), or by email at Announcements and submissions for What Works for Me or Readers Write may be submitted by email to

TETYC 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.

Book Reviews and Reviews of Nonprint Materials

TETYC encourages reviews of recently published, innovative print and digital texts by two-year college faculty, including professional books, textbooks, hypertexts, Web texts, and software. Please send your review to:

Jennifer Locke Whetham, Review Editor, TETYC

For more information, see the TETYC Reviews site.

Email Jennifer Locke Whetham at  for a copy of the book review guidelines or with an inquiry about writing a review for TETYC.

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