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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the MLA citation and style requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Submissions are now open for the 2020-2021 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Food Matters in Literature and Culture.” We welcome original, engaging submissions that consider representations of food in literature, film, television, or popular culture. In particular, we are interested in scholarly essays that consider food as a vehicle for exploring issues of inequity and empowerment, including but not limited to race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, and nationality. For example, how does food function as an expression of identity, as well as a common language bridging sociocultural, political, and economic gaps? Alternatively, how do writers, directors, and artists use food or the lack thereof as a symbol of current and historical inequities and traumas? We also welcome submissions that examine representations of food within the context of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

We expect essay submissions to be well-researched and to contribute to an on-going scholarly conversation. Submissions should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words and adhere to MLA citation and formatting guidelines, including using double spacing and 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Essays should also be submitted as a Word document. For formatting examples, see this past issue of the Digital Literature Review. Please direct any questions to All submissions are due by Friday, January 15, 2021.

Essay Submission Guidelines

  • Paper submissions should be saved as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Papers should be in MLA style format.
  • Papers should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words (or 10-20 double-spaced pages).
  • Submissions are to be well researched and must contribute to ongoing scholarly conversations.
  • All submissions will be blindly reviewed, so please do not put your name on your essay.
  • Submissions will close on January 15, 2021.

Blog Submission Guidelines

  • Posts should address the theme of “Food Matters in Literature and Culture."
  • Possible blog submissions may include high-resolution JPEG original photography (digital original prints), drawings, paintings, and digital art (Note: We will NOT be accepting photographs of sculptures or 3D media.). We are also seeking poems (up to 5 separate pieces). 
  • Please include a biographical statement (3-5 sentences) and a rationale (4-5 sentences) with your submission.
  • Submissions will close on January 15, 2021.

What happens next?

  • The editing team will review your work.
  • If accepted, you will have a chance to revise your piece and return it to the Digital Literature Review at Along with this, you will need to include an abstract and a short bio about yourself.

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