Call for Winter 2012 issue - December 1, 2012 Submission Deadline

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The Journal of South Texas English Studies

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its Winter 2012 issue, themed "The Politics Of...." Submission deadline: December 1, 2012.

Thomas Mann, the German social critic and Nobel laureate once memorably said, "There is nothing that is not political. Everything is politics." Politics is also one of those words that has a stable instability of meaning, dependent on context and connotation. Like definitions of "race" or "love", everyone thinks they know what they are talking about when they talk about politics. In the broad definitional sense, the term generally applies to running governmental or state affairs, including behavior and policy associated within governments, but politics also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. In ordinary conversations, the word "politics" may be less literal and refer to struggles for power or justice among individuals or groups; the types of regimes governing people; the election of representatives, passage of laws, and issues of free speech and public opinion in democratic societies; and any number of issues associated with international relations. In recent years, the area of politics and culture has merged to formulate definitions of people's politics by aspects of their identity through race, class, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Following from Mann's statement, politics is all-pervasive: public and personal, ideological and specific, literal and metaphorical, theoretical and practical.

The JOSTES editors are looking for scholarly articles between 5,000 and 8,000 words which fill in the ellipsis in our theme as related to English Studies. We encourage contributors to reflect on the concept of the "politics" of and in English Studies as a whole, as well as the "politics" of and in literature (American, British, or other literature written in English), linguistics, rhetoric, composition, literary theory, pedagogy and the English classroom, and academia itself. How do we use politics to advance English studies agendas, and how does politics use us to advance its agenda? While we welcome papers directly addressing the current presidential political season, we encourage contributors to go beyond the conventional definition of "politics" to explore how the very concept of "politics" is multi-varied and elusive. All submissions, including creative writing, book reviews, and cover artwork must be original work and not be under consideration elsewhere.

Please note: all articles must conform to our submission guidelines, which follow MLA 7th edition conventions. Additionally, please do not submit thesis or dissertation chapters that have not been edited to be published as stand-alone projects. If notes are needed, they should follow the paper in endnote form. Do not use Microsoft's automatic endnote feature – please see submission guidelines. A Works Cited page should be last. Because the papers are blind, peer-reviewed, include a cover letter with the title of paper and your name. Do not put your name on the actual paper; rather, include the title of your paper in the header or footer in place of your last name. Please format your paper with 1-inch margins on all sides, double spacing, and 12-point, Times New Roman font. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to with the subject line "article submission."

Articles not following our submission guidelines will be returned unread. Please consult our submission guidelines here:

The journal also accepts poetry and creative prose submissions. Although all creative submissions will be considered, preference will be given to those related to the theme of this issue. Poets can submit more than one poem, but the total length of all poems together cannot exceed 100 lines. Short fiction can be up to 5,000 words, flash fiction up to 1,000, flash-flash fiction up to 600 words, and creative non-fiction up to 3,000 words. We only accept creative work in English; any words in a foreign language must be translated in a note at end of creative work. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to with the subject line "creative submission." Please see full CFP for creative submissions at the Journal web site:

We also accept book reviews of scholarly, non-fiction, and fiction up to 500 words. Preference will be given to book reviews of works that are related to the current issue's theme, but we will consider other book reviews as well. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to with the subject line "book review."

The Editors of The Journal of South Texas English Studies are also asking for submissions of cover art filling in the blank of the ellipsis. Content should represent a critical perspective on the theme of "The Politics of..." and should reproduce well in small format. Please submit your artwork electronically as a .jpeg or .gif file only and include a brief biography and artist's statement by the journal submission deadline to with the subject line "cover art submission."

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012. For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal's website: