Call for Contributions to The Literary Encyclopedia

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The Literary Encyclopedia





The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Middle English Literature. We are currently adding to the Encyclopedia’s range of major literary works themselves and a list of required entries is given below. The list is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers and works frequently studied on university courses, and those that are highly topical and well-known. Given the variety of works that are needed, some being more ‘major’ or  ‘canonical’ than others, the advisory word length for each entry will vary and guidance will be given when an offer of potential contribution is received.


All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral students who wish to offer a contribution, also a short writing sample. Please also indicate in your offer for which work(s) you would be interested in writing an article.


The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of our contributors are academic scholars, while the remaining percentage is made up of highly endorsed doctoral students and independent researchers. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.

More detailed information on the Encyclopedia – including its publishing model, editorial policies, specific information for authors etc. – can be found on its homepage at, under the ABOUT tab. In order to explore the kinds of content we publish please log in using the case-sensitive username 'SpringGuest2017' and the password 'derekwalcott'.

We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact one of the volume editors for Medieval and Early Modern England, Dr Jamie McKinstry (; or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (



Middle English Romances

Havelok the Dane

Sir Orfeo

Chevelere Assigne

Sir Cleges

Guy of Warwick

William of Palerne


Ywain and Gawain

Sir Launfal

The Awyntyrs off Arthure

The Weddyng of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell


King Horn

Lai le Fresne

Floris and Blancheflour

The Squire of Low Degree

The Tournament of Tottenham

Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlyle

The Sege of Melayne



Amis and Amiloun

Bevis of Hamtoun

Sir Degrevant

Sir Degaré

The Seige of Jerusalem



Gawain-Poet Works



Chaucerian Works

The Knight’s Tale

The Miller’s Tale

The Reeve’s Tale

The Man of Law’s Tale

The Summoner’s Tale

The Clerk’s Tale

The Merchant’s Tale

The Shipman’s Tale

The Prioress’s Tale

The Tale of Sir Thopas

The Tale of Melibee

The Monk’s Tale

The Canon Yeoman’s Tale

The Parson’s Tale

The House of Fame

Anelida and Arcite

The Parliament of Fowls


The Short Poems

A Treatise on the Astrolabe

The Romaunt of the Rose



Thomas Hoccleve

The Series

Minor Verse


Thomas Malory

The Book of Sir Tristram de Lyones 


John Gower

Vox Clamantis


John Lydgate

The Floure of Curtsey

Reason and Sensuality

A Complaynt of a Loveres Lyfe

The Temple of Glas

The Siege of Thebes

Troy Book


Other Significant Middle English Works

The Kingis Quair

The Floure and the Leafe

John Skelton’s Poetry

Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love (Julian of Norwich)

The Alliterative Morte Arthure

The Stanzaic Morte Arthure

The Owl and the Nightingale

Mystery Plays

Morality Plays


Dame Sirith

The Land of Cokaygne

The Bestiary

The Cloud of Unknowing

Prik of Conscience

Winner and Wastour

Prose Merlin

Layamon’s Brut

Chronicon ex Chronicis

MS Harley 2253

Middle English Lyrics

The Mabinogion

The Simonie

The Cuckoo and the Nightingale

The Two Ways

The Testament of Love

St Erkenwald

Compound of Alchemy