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Submission Guidelines

Victorian Literature and Culture seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarship of broad interest to the field, including work that challenges or interrogates the boundaries of the field itself. We are open to experiments in genre and form and welcome queries about the suitability of particular submissions.

  • All manuscripts should be double-spaced and should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, with abbreviated footnote citations and a bibliography. (See sections 14.19 and following.)

  • Essay manuscripts should be between 7,000 and 12,000 words. (Word length for book reviews, Defamiliarizations, etc., should be worked out in advance with the editors.) All essay submissions should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words.

  • For blind reading purposes, the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information should appear nowhere on the submission; they should be included only in the submission email.

  • To submit, please visit our online submission portal here.

Please send all queries to victorianlitandculture@gmail.com.

Special Issue Guidelines

We are delighted to read proposals for special issues, essay clusters, and other kinds of configurations. We are very open to innovations in terms of format, style, topic, etc. In general, the process is as follows:

  • We prefer as much information as possible in proposals: authors, titles (or tentative titles), as well as an explanation of the project as a whole.

  • Proposals will be evaluated by the two editors. If approved, a deadline will be set in consultation with the guest editor.

  • All essays will be evaluated by the editors in addition to at least one outside reader.

  • The editors retain the right of refusal on any essays; they may also request more or less substantial revisions prior to publication.

Please contact Daniel Hack and Rachel Ablow with any questions. Both may be reached at victorianlitandculture@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you