Archival articles on American literature (all periods)

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Resources for American Literary Study

Resources for American Literary Study, the leading journal of archival and bibliographical scholarship in American literature, is inviting submissions for upcoming 2021 issues. Covering all periods of American literature, RALS welcomes both traditional and digital approaches to archival and bibliographical analysis. 

Founded in 1971, RALS remains the only major scholarly periodical of its kind. Each issue includes, in addition to archival and bibliographical research, related book reviews and a unique “Prospects” essay that identifies new directions in the study of major authors. Our editorial board consists of leading scholars from an array of fields and subfields in American literary study.

Submissions range greatly in terms of length and approach. Recent issues include studies of the critical landscape surrounding Anna Julia Cooper, Arthur Miller, and the later work of Walt Whitman; recovered letters by Elizabeth Bishop; an analysis of handwritten school newspapers possibly by the young Harriet Beecher Stowe; an unpublished play about the Salem Witch Trials by William Carlos Williams; uncollected writings by Paul Laurence Dunbar; an examination of the Alice Hoffman archive; and an overview of Henry James's changing reputation in the newspapers of his day. Issues are available in print and through JSTOR

Instructions for submissions may be found @

Please direct any inquiries to Co-Editors Nancy Sweet ( and Paul Thifault (

For RALS updates and social media coverage of the American literary archive, follow RALS on Twitter @ForLiterary