Transnational Literature is published twice a year (May
and November) and welcomes the submission of
- papers on Postcolonial literatures, New Literatures in English,
International Writing, and any literatures in English that deal
with crosscultural contact and interaction;
- unpublished creative and life writing with an emphasis on these
- translations of creative and critical works;
- reviews of books, including both scholarly and literary works,
of relevance to the journal's area of interest. To receive calls
for book reviewers from the editor from time to time, please join
Authors please note: We will
usually be willing to receive review copies of your publications if they
fall within the journal's areas of interest. Please contact the
editor in the first instance. The independence of the review process
is important, and we cannot accept unsolicited reviews written
by associates of the author.
Transnational Literature does not charge authors submission or processing fees of any kind.
Submissions are accepted throughout the year. The refereeing process
for articles is detailed below.
How to Send in a Contribution
All submissions to Transnational Literature are to be sent in electronic
form as Microsoft Word documents. Please include an introductory email message and
a meaningful subject line to prevent the email being treated as
We accept submissions for all sections at any time. However, to be considered for the following issue, submissions of creative writing, translations and book reviews must be received by 31 March for the May issue or 30 September for the November issue each year.
Scholarly articles should be in the range 4000 to 6000 words and should be
accompanied by an abstract of about 200 words. Submissions should be emailed
as attachments to Transnational Literature.
Translations should be sent to Transnational Literature.
Poetry: Each author should submit no more than three (3) poems for each issue. Please send them to the poetry editor, Dr Heather Taylor Johnson with a cc to Transnational Literature.
Prose creative writing should be no longer than 4000 words. Please send to the creative writing editor, Dr Ruth Starke with a cc to Transnational Literature.
Book reviews should be 800-1200 words. We do not normally accept unsolicited reviews. Please contact the editor to discuss beforehand. Submissions should be emailed
as attachments to Dr Gillian Dooley at Transnational Literature.
Please contact the editor
if you wish to discuss variations to these guidelines.
for peer-reviewed articles:
Articles submitted to Transnational Literature go through
a two-step selection process:
Step 1: Editorial Board review
Submissions to Transnational Literature are first assessed
internally by the Editorial Board. To be recommended for Step 2, articles
- fall within Transnational Literature’s designated research
- meet the academic standards for articles published in Transnational
- be written in clear and grammatically correct standard academic
- be unpublished and not currently under consideration by any
Following the Editorial Board’s assessment, contributors are notified
by email of the Editorial Board’s decision.
Step 2: External peer review
Submissions that meet the Editorial Board’s requirements are then
sent for double-blind peer review from experts in the field. Following
the review, the authors are sent copies of the external referees’
comments and are notified as to whether or not the article is accepted
Contributors may expect to be notified of the outcome of their submissions
to Transnational Literature within three months of receipt of articles
by the Editor. We ask authors not to submit their articles elsewhere
during this time, and to notify us should they subsequently decide
to withdraw their work owing to unavoidable delays on our part.
The Editorial Board reserves the right not to publish any content
submitted, and its decision is final. The responsibility for the content
of any contribution published by Transnational Literature rests with
The Board also reserves the right to make editorial or stylistic
changes where deemed appropriate. .
Please consult Transnational Literature's style
guide here (PDF). If your submission is accepted, a member of
the Transnational Literature editorial team will collaborate with
you over style, formatting and any unresolved issues, in preparation
1. Upon accepting the Editor's offer to publish, the Author/s grant/s
Literature an irrevocable and non-exclusive right to publish,
reproduce and communicate their Work in whatever form the Editorial
Board deems fit, including the right to enter into agreements
authorising third parties to do the same. View the Licence
2. The Author/s retain/s copyright in their Work and may publish
or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof,
provided always that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication
that the Work was originally published in the Journal.
3. The Author/s warrant/s that they are the sole copyright owners
of the Work and that it contains nothing that is defamatory or of
such a nature to incur liability of any kind whatsoever, and the Author/s
further agree/s to indemnify the Publisher and its employees and agents
against any liability, loss or harm caused by actions arising from
the publication of the Work.
4. The Publisher has the sole right to determine publication and
may make editorial changes of a non-substantive nature to the work
without consulting the Author/s.