Submission Guidelines

Submit all writing to the Editor, Adam Sprague, at wi.english.journal@gmail.com.

The readers of Wisconsin English Journal are most interested in learning about innovative teaching practices from reflective practitioners. Thus, we welcome all types of writing related to the teaching of English at any grade level that foregrounds classroom practice contextualized in evidence-based, research-situated discussions that show real students and instructors engaged in authentic teaching and learning:

  • Original research articles relevant to Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, Poetry, Film, Veteran, or Gender studies
    • Articles should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words (no more than 20 double-spaced pages).
    • Submissions must use APA 7th edition citation style. Submissions must be free of authors’ names and other identifying markers, including metadata and institutional affiliation. Works previously published or multiple works by a single author / author team are not acceptable.
  • Literary / Critical Analyses
    • Critical articles should target general academic readers and conform to standards of scholarly writing in fields such as literary criticism, cultural studies, and the critical social sciences. Discussions of larger trends and theoretical frameworks are preferable to specialized microanalyses. Contributions may take various forms, including critical commentary that asks readers to revaluate a person, movement, or text or that challenges received opinion; review essays that cover multiple works (not limited to books) or that situate one work in a broader context; or interviews with key scholars or figures in the field.
  • Creative Writing (Poetry and Flash Fiction)
    • We now publish all types of poetry and short, flash fiction (up to 1,500 words). Creative nonfiction (up to 3,000 words) will also be considered for select issues. We consider only unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Multiple poem submissions are not allowed at this time. We are particularly interested in structured poetic forms (e.g. haiku, tanka, etc.) and flash fiction.
  • Program / Project Profiles of courses, peer tutoring / mentoring initiatives, community engagement projects, course design, program design/challenges, and so on.
    • Though shorter or longer profiles will be considered, a suggested length of 1,000-3,000 words is preferable. Profiles must include:
      • Abstract and keywords
      • Project background (history)
      • Rationale informing the project
      • Project structure and/or procedures
      • Project results or outcomes
      • Human subjects protection statement provided
      • Implications for clinical practice, public policy, or future research
      • Addresses one of the following questions: “If I knew then what I know now, I would have done X differently.” Or, “what I’ve learned from my directorship of or participation in this program is X.” Such exploratory comments should inspire and educate.
  • Interviews
    • We welcome interviews with key figures or remarkable students affiliated to the interdisciplinary field of English studies. Interviews can (and should) include media and should not exceed 5,000 words. Please send interview queries and manuscripts to the Editor.
  • New Media
    • WEJ now publishes new media texts (e.g. artwork, video, audio, etc.). Queries in regard to new media texts are welcomed. Contact the Editor prior to submission to ensure the project is a good match for the journal.
  • Book Reviews & New Media Reviews
    • Visit this link to see a list of book reviews that WEJ is currently seeking. You may also submit reviews of texts not on this list.
    • The WEJ now also publishes reviews of art installations, films, books, websites, and other multimedia that may be of interest to teachers, scholars, and advocates of English studies. Reviews should be about 1,500 to 2,000 words.
  • Voices
    • Think of this as an opinion piece written by you, an insider in the field. These can be on the challanges of teaching, success stories, ethical considerations surrounding a particular praactice or pedagogy, or anything and everything inbetween. Suggested length is between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Submissions should contain the following:
      • An indication of the author’s credentials to offer expertise or knowledge on the subject in question (professional or relevant life experience, training, academic preparation, etc.);
      • A well organized and thorough but concise explanation, description, argument, or idea in subject matter with a clear relevance to English studies or other organizations or entities.
      • An authorial voice that maintains appropriate professionalism in tone even when dealing with issues about which the author may be sensitive or passionate;
      • Adequately researched and referenced support when referring to programs, initiatives, orders, organizations, groups, laws, medical or mental health conditions or diagnoses, etc.; and
      • APA style citations and references (if included).
  • Announcements, Calls, and News: In the spirit of contributing and sustaining a vibrant interdisciplinary community, we seek to publish announcements, news, or calls for programs, papers, etc. Information of these types will be published at the same time of issue release. To have your announcement shared with our readership, please provide the following information in an email to the editor:
    • Title
    • 4-5 sentence summary
    • Contact information or URL with additional information related to news/announcement/call
  • Other ideas for submission include:
    • Critical reflections on teaching
    • Descriptions of effective teaching methods and instructional tools
    • Outstanding, detailed lesson plans and original assignments with an accompanying rationale
    • Vignettes from the classroom
    • Intersections of politics and the field

In general, a publishable submission
1. establishes an exigency by identifying a teaching problem to be addressed that requires some innovative strategy in order to reach the desired outcomes. Submissions should also situate your pedagogical ideas within local circumstances by describing the course, the curriculum, the campus, and the students to some extent.

2. situates the strategy in the context of the ongoing discussion. In other words, a literature review is expected, albeit not the comprehensive type expected in a feature article. You should identify how your ideas reflect or challenge current disciplinary thinking about the teaching or learning questions being discussed.

3. presents the process of implementing the instructional strategy. You should outline the pedagogical approach in sufficient detail to reproduce in another instructor’s classroom. Further, as experienced instructors, readers know that no plans proceed without a snag. What challenges can readers expect? What bumps in the road did you have to problem solve? How were they resolved, and if they weren’t, why not?

4. offers clear outcomes. Conclude by offering evidence of student outcomes either through a case study of student work, anecdotal evidence of what transpired, student reflections on their experiences, or other assessment measures appropriate to the activity. These should be used with permission from students or from the appropriate institutional review board.


Submission Checklist

1. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors who wish to use their published manuscript in an edited book or other compilation of articles may do so but first must obtain written permission from the editor.

2. Cover page with full title plus full name of each author with current affiliation, position held, and e-mail address.

3. Manuscripts should be prepared following guidelines established in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

4. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or .rtf file format.

5. We highly encourage photographs, graphics, videos, and hyperlinks to online multimedia objects or other online materials. Authors should label graphs and tables appropriately and ensure that all links are active at the time of submission.

6. All research must have approval of the Institutional Review Board if the author is affiliated with a post-secondary institution. Otherwise, authors must have, in their possession, participants’ consent letters for the conducted research.

7. Include an abstract of 150-250 words. View previous issues for examples.

Once the Editor determines that the manuscript’s format and content are appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is then sent through a blind peer-review process. Names of reviewers will not be released to authors, nor will reviewers know the identities of authors whose work they review. The review process will take 4-8 weeks. Authors will be notified of the recommendations of the review panel and will be provided with the reviewers’ comments.

Submit all projects to the Editor, Adam Sprague, at wi.english.journal@gmail.com.