African American Literature in Today's Society (accepting now through 1 Mar 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
The Connecticut Review
contact email: 
ctreview@easternct.edu

African American literature has become a major part of relevant American literature throughout the centuries, particularly beginning with the introduction of the slave narrative. How has African American literature worked to change the stereotypes commonly assigned to members of the African American community? Has some literature been more effective than others, or has some literature only resulted in a reinforcement of negative beliefs surrounding African American culture?

CT Review is looking for academic essays on the works of Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Sister Souljah that address how these works by these authors have either helped or hurt the image of African Americans in the eyes of American society, and discuss whether literature containing or reinforcing negative stereotypes about African Americans is actually harmful to the African American community or American society in general.

Submission Guidelines

Connecticut Review is a semi-annual journal published since 1967 under the auspices of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University. Connecticut Review invites submission of poetry, literary plays, short fiction, translations, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, and academic articles of general interest.

Submission Guidelines:

• Work should be 2,000 to 4,000 words.
• Submit two copies of each piece.
• The first page of each poem, story, essay or other should include the name, address, phone number, and email address in the upper left corner.
• Poets should submit no more than five poems.
• Translated work must be accompanied by appropriate written permissions from author or publisher.
• Typed manuscripts should be on 8.5 x 11 paper in MLA style when appropriate.
• Color photography and color artwork should be submitted as slides or transparencies. The title, date of composition, size of original, medium, and name and address of the artist should be indicated. Black and white photography and art work should be labeled in the same way. Work with vertical orientation is preferred and should be indicated.
• Each submission must be accompanied by a brief autobiographical statement.
• Send SASE for reply only. Manuscripts will be recycled. Mail without a return address on the outside envelope will not be opened.
• The reading period for Connecticut Review is 1 September through 31 May.

Send all submissions labeled by genre to:

Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, Senior Editor
Connecticut Review
CSU System Office
39 Woodland Street
Hartford CT 06105-2337

cfp categories: 
african-american