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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 2021-2022 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Brexits and Borders.” This year, we are looking for thought-provoking, well-researched submissions that explore the richly complex, ever-evolving nature of the borders humanity creates. Borders of all kinds are both definitive and porous; they  stretch and adapt to address the beliefs and agendas of those who create them, those who cross them, and those who live under them. We welcome scholarly works of literary criticism that explore the physical borders that cut landmasses in half or divide cities with walls of brick. We are also interested in papers which explore the mental, social, or otherwise intangible borders that limit or challenge the development of media protagonists and their relationships. For example, how do people react to a newly constructed wall in their community, and how does this border affect the trajectory of the narrative? Or, in what ways do we create and deconstruct the social and emotional borders that define our relationships, sense of identity, or worldview? We encourage submitters to toy with the many borders that exist and fluctuate in text, in culture, and in their own experiences. 

We expect essay submissions to be well-researched and to contribute to an ongoing 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 be submitted as a Word document. We are also considering creative writing and visual pieces like digital maps, photography, and artwork that explore these same themes; please be sure to indicate the “type” of your work (article, visual art, or creative work) in our submissions portal. For formatting examples, see this past issue of the Digital Literature Review. Please direct any questions to All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on Friday, January 29th, 2022.

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 29th, 2022.

Blog Submission Guidelines

  • Posts should address the theme of “Brexits and Borders."
  • 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 or other short creative works, personal stories and testimonies, and TV, film, or music reviews (up to 5 separate pieces). Written pieces should be under 1500 words and submitted as a Word document. 
  • Please include a biographical statement (3-5 sentences) and a rationale (4-5 sentences) with your submission.
  • Please send all blog submissions via email to with “Blog Submission” as the subject.
  • Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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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