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Publishing in The CEA Critic

Calls for Papers

General Issue (Deadline: Rolling)

Submission Guidelines

The CEA Critic has a long-standing tradition of publishing new and experienced scholars. To continue this tradition, we welcome submissions from graduate students.  

For publication, authors must be members of the College English Association. Non-members are welcome to submit essays, but they must join the CEA in order for accepted submissions to be published.

Please email submissions in MS word format to criticunco@gmail.com (for Special Issues submit to the Guest Editors).

  • Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and must be accompanied by a 150-300 word abstract.
  • Please submit two copies of your manuscript, one with the author's name, affiliation, and email address and one without any author identification. In addition, please include, in your correspondence, a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere.
  • All documentation should follow the MLA 8th (2016) edition.
  • Authors are responsible for both the accuracy of quotations and for representing source material fairly.
  • Authors are responsible for securing any copyright releases involving images, graphs, tables, or illustrations.

The editors may ask essays accepted for publication to be formatted to meet The CEA Critic’s Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Submission Review Process

As part of the double-blind review process, the editors will send submissions to members of the Editorial Board or to other qualified reviewers. The editors reserve the right to reject submissions that they consider inappropriate for The CEA Critic without sending them out for review. The review process normally takes two to six months, although here may be delays if the review period overlaps with a long holiday or Summer/Winter break. We are unable to offer substantive comments on submissions that do not pass our first round of review.


For information on becoming a reader of manuscripts for The CEA Critic, please email the editors at criticunco@gmail.com.