Call for Papers: Postgraduate English Autumn/Winter 2023-4


Postgraduate English, Durham University’s online peer-reviewed literary journal, has been publishing postgraduate research biannually since the year 2000 and is one of the longest-running online postgraduate literary journals in the world. In recent years the journal has received reprint requests from academic publishers.

The journal aims to provide a space for postgraduate students and early-career researchers (including those currently institutionally unaffiliated) to showcase their work and receive feedback from established academics. While the journal is based in the UK, we seek to cultivate an international range of contributors and judge submissions primarily for strength of argument and fresh insight over a fixed writing style.

We invite postgraduate students and early-career researchers to submit papers of 5000–7000 words, or book reviews of 1000–2000 words by Friday 24th November 2023, for consideration for the journal’s 45 th edition.

Papers can be on any theme or area of literary research; we will also consider work with an interdisciplinary focus. Nevertheless, for this issue we would like to encourage papers on any aspect of the broad theme ‘literature and change’ given the increased volatility of life in a post-pandemic culture, as well as the perpetual fertility of ‘change’ as a historical theme to examine literature – a list of possible topics is featured below. Submissions must follow the MHRA Style Guide. If submitting a book review, please contact the editors in advance with details of the book you wish to review. We are also in a position to offer a book for review for this cycle.

Papers can be on any theme, but we especially welcome papers on themes that may include:

  • Change resistance across literature
  • Failure and decay
  • Coming of age narratives
  • Charting progress
  • Death and mortality
  • Struggle and loss
  • Rebellion and resistance
  • Time and inevitable cultural change
  • Past – Present – Future
  • Life writing
  • Questions on biological cycles
  • Climate change
  • Humanist studies
  • Landscape change

Submissions should be sent as an anonymised Word document to the current editors, Francesca Adams and Keerthi Vasishta, at Submissions should also include a cover sheet in a separate document, detailing the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), ORCID id if you have one, where you heard about this cycle’s call for papers (email/social media/etc) and a 200–300-word abstract that indicates five keywords for indexing. Please note our full guidelines and editorial process on our website:

For queries or further information contact:

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Best wishes, Francesca and Keerthi