Call for Papers

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 Saturday, January 29th, 2022.