Encyclopedia Entries: Children's & YA Texts, Authors, Illustrators, etc.

deadline for submissions: 
January 1, 2026
full name / name of organization: 
The Literary Encyclopedia
contact email: 

The Literary Encyclopedia was founded in 1998 to provide a scholarly online resource for university-level teaching and research. It publishes biographies of writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, etc.; scholarly descriptions of significant texts; and essays on literary, cultural, historical, and social contexts in which this writing was produced. 

The Children's Literature Group is soliciting proposals for essays of approximately 1k-3k words on children's and young adult texts, authors, illustrators, editors, librarians, publishers, awards, genres, trends, regional and cultural corpora, etc. We aim to cover the major titles, authors, and movements essential for any beginning scholar in children's literature to be familiar with, those considered to be canonical, and those often taught in college and graduate courses; we also aim to ensure that our coverage is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, region, culture, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.

See the suggested structures for each entry type on the "Information for Contributors" page: https://www.litencyc.com/php/information_for_authors.php#content_and_style.

Qualifications: We welcome proposals from experts in children's and young adult literature. Most of our authors have PhDs in literature with concentrations in children's or young adult literature. Expectations for entries include a survey of critical writing on each text, person, or context. Our goal is to provide researchers an overview of each text, person, or context that will enable them to conduct further research.

This is a paid opportunity. All contributors are paid according to a schedule available on the LE's "Information for Contributors" page: https://www.litencyc.com/php/information_for_authors.php#remuneration.  

For a non-comprehensive list of possible topics, see this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1r2jHd-V0ncZ2FaFOVXqfd-IaKfOArVBZ...

To find out if a text, person, or topic has already been written about, you can search the LE website.

For more information, email Dainy Bernstein (ey/em/eir) at dainybernstein@gmail.com

To propose an entry, fill out this Google form: https://forms.gle/XYRXY1d4NQZz2bed6