Crime Fiction Studies Volume 2, Issue 1

deadline for submissions: 
February 7, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Crime Fiction Studies Journal

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the third issue of our Edinburgh University Press journal Crime Fiction Studies. Arising out of Bath Spa University’s very successful Captivating Criminality conferences, organised by Fiona Peters, and the establishment of the International Crime Fiction Association in 2016, this journal is the first British university press journal focussing on the broad field of crime fiction studies. Crime Fiction Studies publishes two issues per year both in print and online. The inaugural issue set the agenda for discussion of the most pressing issues in contemporary crime fiction studies, providing space for reflection on the ways in which this hugely popular, rapidly developing, and extremely influential genre – and the field of study itself – is changing in the twenty-first century.  The second issue, guest edited by Dr Eric Sandberg, focusses on Memory, History and Nostalgia. Volume 2, Issue 1 will be a general issue, and we welcome and encouraging exploration of diverse aspects of this increasingly important field of cultural production. As editors we are gratified that the new journal attests to the fact that there is a real need for a platform to showcase and demonstrate innovation in this area, and to encourage high-calibre research, engender debate, and forge new directions in crime fiction studies.

We are thus asking for abstracts for the third issue of Crime Fiction Studies. We expect contributions to be theoretically and critically informed, and to engage with current scholarly debates in the field.

Possible areas of focus for this issue could addresses one of the following issues, although it is important to stress that, in a general issue, these are not limitations but suggestions:

  • True crime
  • Crime fiction in the C19th
  • Gender and queer studies
  • Historical crime fiction (including The Golden Age and Hard-Boiled
  • Crime fiction and science
  • Crime fiction and eco-criticism
  • Crime fiction in the digital age
  • Fandom and fan culture
  • Generic and cultural status of crime fiction
  • Adaptation
  • New forms of crime fiction
  • Ethnicity and crime fiction
  • Re-Imagining classic/historic crime
  • Detectives and detection in the twenty-first century


Abstracts of 400 words are due by 7th February 2020 and finished articles of 7500 words will be due by 1 July 2019. This issue will be published in March 2021.

Please send abstracts and a biographical statement of 150 words to the editors; Fiona Peters (editor), Eric Sandberg (assistant editor) and Ruth Heholt (assistant editor) using the email address: