Submitting an Essay

The Editors and their Advisory Board welcome the submission of papers on literary history, theory, and interpretation, as well as original materials such as letters, journals, and notebooks. Contributors should follow The MLA Style Manual (2008); manuscripts should be free of all identifying information. Two copies must be submitted; only one copy will be returned. Submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere. PLL does not publish unsolicited book reviews.

Submissions may also be made electronically. Address messages to and include the word "Submission" followed by a shortened title in the subject line. Attach the essay in the form of a PDF file. Include an abstract of no more than 150 words in the body of the e-mail. Also include a postal mailing address and a phone number.

Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to furnish a copy in the form of a Microsoft Word file via email attachment. Unless a manuscript is accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope, it cannot be returned to the author.

All submissions and other correspondence on editorial matters should be sent to the Editors, PLL, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1434, or

I'd like to add something here like "helpful tips": if your essay includes a foreign language, include a translation into English; use American English; try to avoid "in this essay I will" and other uses of the first person; if you have only referred to a source and not cited something specific from it, include the bibliographic information in a footnote, not on the Works Cited page, etc.  What would that be called?

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