Papers on Language and Literature: Call for Special Issues

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
PLL: Papers on Language and Literature
contact email: 

Special-Issue Proposal Guidelines

Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities


Literary Translation

Print Culture

PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors’ schedule.

Prospective guest-editors should submit current CVs and researched proposals of approximately 500 words describing the argument and rationale behind the special issue. If the guest-editor(s) decide to solicit contributions prior to the submission of the proposal, abstracts of articles and biographies of authors should be included with the proposal.

Proposals and supporting materials should be sent to the Editor at as Word or PDF attachments. The subject line of the email should read “Special Issue Proposal.”

If a proposal is accepted, the guest-editor(s) will be responsible for soliciting contributions, appointing outside reviewers, and establishing submission deadlines. PLL practices double blind peer-review. Manuscripts must be original and must not be submitted or previously published elsewhere.  Guest editors are also responsible for any fees related to permissions or costs for printing images.

Please note that our typical issue is 112 print pages. We strongly recommend that a special issue include 2 book reviews related to the topic in addition to articles.

Our house style follows the current (8th edition) MLA Handbook.

We look forward to hearing from you.