Contemporary Literature seeks scholarly essays on post-World War II literature that 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, 12 pt. Times New Roman typeface, double-spaced throughout. Articles should include a Works Cited listing and, if needed, footnotes. Interviews do not include footnotes or a Works Cited listing. Any works cited in an interview piece should include the author name, title of the work, and year of publication in the main text.



Contemporary Literature uses a web-based submission system:


Authors should submit their manuscript in Microsoft Word 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. 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 the review process may be addressed to [email protected].


Color and Other Publication Fees

Authors may elect to pay to have their articles appear in 4-color. Depending on the size of the article and/or amount of images, authors may choose a 4-page, 8-page, or 16-page signature. The fee for a 4-page signature is $650. The fee for an 8-page signature is $700. The fee for a 16-page signature is $950. Upon manuscript acceptance, let the managing editor know if you would like your manuscript printed in color.


We accept publishing fees for Gold Open Access, color section fees, and page fees. Page fees are requested when a research grant or other institutional funds are available to underwrite publication costs. Ability to pay is not a condition for acceptance of a manuscript. To pay online, please go to: or email [email protected] for assistance.