Submission Guidelines

Submissions to the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism Are Open Year Round

  • Essays should be 8-20 double-spaced pages in length, Times New Roman 12 pt. font
  • Limit of 2 submissions per author
  • An ideal paper will be well-researched, engaging with at least 2 critical sources outside of the analyzed text(s)
  • Papers likely to be published have original, insightful theses and well-implemented critical lenses
  • Logical organization and clear, eloquent sentences are similarly important
  • Essays may analyze media other than exclusively literature, so long as the author engages with serious critical sources and presents an original, thought-provoking argument. This includes television, film, lyrics, visual art, etc.
  • Submit essays in Microsoft Word document (.doc/.docx)
  • Essays should note the author’s university on the first page
  • Submissions should be emailed in an attachment to
  • Authors who have recently graduated within the academic year may submit papers that were composed during their undergraduate studies
  • Please submit your essays with proper MLA citations
  • You may expect to receive a notification by the end of the spring semester regarding the acceptance or rejection of your essay