The Incredible Nineteenth Century: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Journals@MTSU, James Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
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The Incredible Nineteenth Century: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale (I19) seeks to publish the best scholarship on the century that was, in many ways, the time period in which the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy began, and in which the academic study of fairy tale and folklore has its roots. I19 interprets “the nineteenth century” broadly, using the dates of “The Long Nineteenth Century”—roughly, from the beginning of the French Revolution to the end of World War I—but even these dates are just notable historical markers as they approximately coincide with Romanticism and Modernism, respectively. Scholarship on works from the eighteenth century that anticipated or influenced writers in the nineteenth century or ways in which nineteenth-century literature influenced later authors both fall within the interests of this journal. I19 also publishes scholarship on Neo-Victorianism, Steam Punk, or any other contemporary genres that react to the time periods contained within The Long Nineteenth Century. Genres such as horror and mystery, though not always strictly within the realms of the fantastic, are also welcome, due to their close affinity with science fiction and fantasy. Scholarship on early film is also welcome. Additionally, I19 is dedicated to maintaining a scope that is both multicultural and global, and encourages submissions on works from marginalized communities and from around the world. Submissions should be between 5,000-10,000 words (not including Works Cited) and should be documented according to MLA guidelines.

In addition to literary scholarship, I19 also publishes articles on pedagogy. These pieces may be personal reflections, strategies on course design, innovative assignment sheets with commentary, or anything else that educators teaching nineteenth-century literature may find useful. Submissions should be between 2,000 to 5,000 words.

Please email all submissions in a Word document to

We accept submissions on a rolling basis.