Baptists and the Literary Imagination

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Perspectives in Religious Studies
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Established in 1972, Perspectives in Religious Studies (PRSt) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal produced for the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and it welcomes contributions for a special issue (early winter 2023) on “Baptists and the Literary Imagination,” guest edited by Elizabeth H. Flowers (Baylor University) and Darren J. N. Middleton (Texas Christian University)

Essays may explore any aspect of the intersection of history, theology and the Baptist literary imagination, including literary figures, Baptist traditions, and variety of genres (poetry, short fiction, memoir, and the novel). As a faith and learning journal, PRSt also invites pedagogical essays that address teaching “Baptists and the Literary Imagination” (broadly construed) at Baptist institutions of higher learning.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, Baptists and:

  • African American or African Caribbean literature
  • British literature
  • historical fiction featuring Baptist personalities
  • literature of the American South
  • theological or experiential themes in literature (such as motherhood, aging, death and dying, eschatology, ecclesial life, nature and creation, etc.)

For this issue the journal also welcomes poetry inspired by the Baptist history and heritage or from poets who identify as Baptist and write about church and faith issues.

Essays should be 6000-8000 words, including footnotes.

Proposals and abstracts, including an author biography, should be submitted to the guest editors until May 17, 2021.

If selected, then essays are due no later than June 30, 2022, which would give the remainder of Summer 2022 for revisions.

Final, revised essays would be due on or before September 1, 2022, since the issue is scheduled to appear to early winter 2023.