South Atlantic Review: General Call for Contributions

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Review: The Journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Since its establishment in 1935, South Atlantic Review (SAR) has been the official journal of SAMLA. Published quarterly and distributed electronically to SAMLA's large membership, SAR welcomes submissions of essays, clusters of essays, special issue proposals, and book reviews concerned with the study of language, literature, rhetoric and composition, film and television, and other topics of scholarly interest in the humanities. Recent special issues have covered topics as diverse as film masterpieces, Nella Larson’s Passing, everyday writing, the writers Judith Ortiz Cofer and Lorraine Lopez, Black Transnationalism, political fiction, and memory and forgetting in Early Modern literary culture. Essays are generally in English, but essays in other languages will also be considered.

Essay submissions of 6500-8000 words should be sent to the managing editor at At the time of submission, SAR requires all authors to have a current SAMLA membership and also asks that author not submit an essay simultaneously to other journals for publication consideration. Essay submissions first go through an internal evaluation; those deemed suitable for further consideration are then sent out for external blind review. Final publication decisions are generally communicated within 2-3 months of submission.

Proposals for essay clusters (3-5 related essays written by different authors) and special issues (7-9 related essays written by different authors, with a guest editor) should be sent to the managing editor at and to Editor Barton Palmer at Proposals may include the essays or a selection of the essays; however, this is not required. Proposals should include the following details: name of the guest editor(s) for the cluster or special issue; a brief description of the topic and its scholarly significance; names of authors and essay titles or topics (or, if there will be an open call for papers, please include a draft and any information regarding the circulation of the CFP).

For book reviews, please first send a query to the managing editor at to ensure that your proposed book is not under review by another contributor. Book reviews should also be submitted to the managing editor and should be between 1000-2000 words plus provide the bibliographic information of the book being reviewed.

For further information regarding SAR