Harry Potter Special Issue

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Jane Elizabeth Dougherty/Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures/Southern Illinois University Carbondale
contact email: 

We are starting a national peer-reviewed undergraduate and graduate student journal, The Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures.  Our first issue is a special issue on Harry Potter and we are accepting academic essays and creative non-fiction submissions.

Submissions opened on February 1st and will be open until April 1st.    Submission is free. 

Submissions can focus on the Harry Potter books, films, other media, or any expressions of the fan cultures of Harry Potter, including fan fiction, art, sports, or fan communities of other kinds.  

You may submit once per issue for each category (creative non-fiction and academic essays). We are not interested in publishing fan fiction or poetry.

Submissions must be 2500-7500 words and, if scholarly, must be in MLA citation format. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt font. Current undergraduates and graduate students in any major or field are eligible to submit, as are holders of master’s degrees.

We consider only previously unpublished work. We ask for first rights to publish accepted work online; after publication, all rights revert to the author.

To submit, please send an email to jffc@siu.edu with the following:

  • Your document for submission attached to the email with a cover sheet (this will be the only place you put your name)
  • The word “submission” and the category (creative non-fiction or academic essay) in the subject line of the email
  • A brief bio in the body of the email

Student essay submissions should be sent to our email address, jffc@siu.edu.  More information is available at our website, http://fantasyandfanculture.siu.edu.

Jane Elizabeth Dougherty is Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Faculty Advisor and Chair of the Advisor Board, Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures