Interwar Mysteries: The Golden Age and Beyond (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

deadline for submissions: 
October 12, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Foxwell / Clues: A Journal of Detection


Interwar Mysteries: The Golden Age and Beyond (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)
Guest editor: Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester)


“These things never happened before the War.”
—Mr. Wetheridge, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928), by Dorothy L. Sayers


Although the period between the World Wars is known as the Golden Age of traditional mystery fiction, other new forms  such as the hard-boiled subgenre, true crime, and noir also emerged, often reflecting a grimmer reality. This theme issue of Clues will feature articles that examine this important crossroads in mystery, detective, and crime fiction.
Potential topics of interest include the following:


  • Country house and village mysteries
  • Twists to the traditional cozy
  • True crime and mystery
  • Serials, short stories, and anthologies
  • Debates, controversies, and causes célèbres
  • Hard-boiled mystery in the pulps
  • Presence/effects of World War I in mysteries of the period
  • Theater and film adaptations that reflect new approaches


Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and 4–5 keywords, and be between 15 to 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Times or Times Roman font with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized Works Cited list.


Submit manuscripts to:
Janice M. Allan, Clues executive editor, University of Salford, email: J.M.Allan at


Address questions to:
Elizabeth Foxwell, Clues managing editor, email: clues at




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