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Contemporary Literature Submissions

Contemporary Literature seeks scholarly essays on post-World War II literature which offer scope, supply a new dimension to conventional approaches, or transform customary ways of reading writers.


Contemporary Literature also seeks interviews that focus on an author’s writing, pursue and elaborate a line of questioning and response, and provide insight into central aspects of the writer’s significance. Submitted interviews should not duplicate material available elsewhere in the author’s essays or in other interviews.



We prefer a length of 25-35 pages, twelve-point type, double-spaced throughout.



As of January 6, 2012, Contemporary Literature will be using a Web-based submission system. Our system will ask you to register, and then you may submit your manuscript electronically.


The link to Contemporary Literature’s submission website is:


We ask that authors use Word format and put identifying information such as name or institutional affiliation only in the cover letter; include full contact information in the cover letter. The editors cannot review manuscripts that are simultaneously under consideration elsewhere and cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage of any work submitted. All details should conform to those recommended by the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook.



Manuscripts may be submitted at any time; the review process generally takes 4-6 months.


Questions about review may be addressed to

Contemporary Literature

Editorial Offices:

Contemporary Literature
Department of English
The University of Wisconsin

7141 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706

phone: 608 263-3775
fax: 608 263-3709