Studies in the Novel

Due Date: 04-15-2024

Studies in the Novel welcomes proposals for its winter 2025 special issue on any topic pertaining to the novel, from its origins to the present. Previous special issues have focused on a particular subgenre, author, or theme, though we also welcome proposals that take a more innovative approach to the subject of novel studies and the genre of the special issue. Our special issues appear in the fall or winter and typically include 6–8 essays.

Proposal Guidelines:

Prospective guest editors should submit a proposal that provides

(1) A brief description of the proposed special issue and the rationale: What makes this topic urgent? How is this special issue timely and a contribution to the field? If possible, provide a list of potential contributors.

(2) A sample “call for papers” for the special issue, specifying the focus and range of possible essays.

(3) A short cv or bio, detailing the guest editor’s qualifications for vetting submissions and editing the special issue.

Guest Editor Responsibilities:

  • Determine the content for the special issue and write an introduction.
  • Assist with securing a high-quality pool of submissions.
  • Assure quality control and maintain the journal’s standards for publication.
  • Communicate with managing editor and contributors regarding deadlines, content queries, and recommended changes.
  • Meet deadlines in accordance with our publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, to assure timely publication.
  • Edit the articles for content, clarity, and flow. (The journal’s managing editor will then copyedit the entire issue, and the guest editor will have the option to review and correct the page proofs.)

For fullest consideration, please send a proposal to the journal’s editor, Nora Gilbert, at by 15 April 2024.