Calling for Submissions: The Paper Shell Review, a Journal of Critical Essays

deadline for submissions: 
March 2, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Paper Shell Review

The Paper Shell Review, the University of Maryland's only undergraduate journal of essays on literary topics, is now accepting submissions. The introductions to our past journals have been written by notable faculty members, including Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, and Michael Olmert, a three-time Primetime Emmy winner.

The call for submissions goes out to many universities, both in the United States and internationally. The submission guidelines are below, and a previous issue can be viewed here:


The Paper Shell Review Submission Guidelines:

Undergraduate students from any accredited institution of higher education may submit papers to The Paper Shell Review. Submission by a single author should not exceed three essays. E-mail essays as Microsoft Word attachments to papershellreview@gmail.comSubmissions for this year's issue will be accepted until Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm (EST).

All papers must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman font, numbered, and formatted with one-inch margins. Papers should not exceed 20 pages, but exceptions may be made for essays of superb quality. Essays must follow the Modern Language Association style guidelines as defined in the MLA Guidelines for Writers of Research Papers (latest edition).

The e-mail body accompanying any paper should include the author's full name, undergraduate institution, current year (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), paper title, and contact information (e-mail, phone number, current address, and permanent address). The journal is published in print in April and online in May on the UMD English Department website.


William Wong is the Editor in Chief of The Paper Shell Review and has been on The Paper Shell Review's editorial board since 2018. He is currently an English and history dual degree candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park.