15 April 2012

Call for Essays/ Creative Writing: Feminist Studies Journal's "Africa Reconfigued" Issue

Post date: 15 April 2012
Deadline: 1 December 2012


How does feminist scholarship on African regions push conventional disciplinary boundaries? How does feminist work in cinema studies, linguistics, cultural studies, literature, history, and anthropology, for example, reconfigure how Africa is represented in the broader academy? Feminist Studies welcomes submissions on a variety of topics dealing broadly with the continent of Africa, with the goal of featuring exciting feminist scholarship in African Studies and questioning representations of Africa for feminist readers outside the area.

We welcome full-length research manuscripts (10,500 words), review essays, short commentaries on polices, creative writing, and art essays. Please e-mail Editorial Director Ashwini Tambe to signal your interest in submitting material.

Deadline for submitting manuscripts: December 1, 2012.


Feminist Studies publishes research and criticism that address theoretical issues and offer analyses of interest to feminist scholars across disciplines. Although many, if not most, of the articles we publish draw on the methodology of a single discipline, we especially encourage scholars to pursue truly interdisciplinary research and research methodologies that not only showcase but integrate contributions from multiple disciplines.

Submissions should not exceed 10,500 words, approximately 35 pages, including endnotes. Please consult the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for proper manuscript form and endnote citation style.

How to Submit:

For your submission to be complete, please send all of the following:
  • One double-spaced hard copy mailed to Feminist Studies, 0103 Taliaferro Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. (In order to protect anonymity, the author's name should appear only a separate title page and not on the manuscript itself.)
  • An electronic copy to submit@feministstudies.org. (Alternatively, you may include a CD with the mailed hard copy.) Please send the electronic file as a Word or WordPerfect document, not as a PDF.
  • A 200-word (or fewer) abstract
  • A cover note with mailing and e-mail addresses.


Feminist Studies is deeply committed to publishing creative work. Beginning with our very first issue published in 1972, we have included creative work in every issue. We have published such distinguished authors as Meena Alexander, Nicole Brossard, Jayne Cortez, Toi Derricotte, Diane Glancy, Marilyn Hacker, Lyn Hejinian, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, Sharon Olds, Grace Paley, Ruth Stone, and Mitsuye Yamada.

We continue to welcome all forms of written creative expression, including but not limited to poetry and short fiction in all forms. We are interested in work that addresses questions of interest to the Feminist Studies audience, particularly work that pushes past the boundaries of what has been done before. We look for creative work that is intellectually challenging and aesthetically adventurous, that is in complicated dialogue with feminist ideas and concepts, and that shifts our readers into new perspectives on women/gender.

We only consider original work that is not under review elsewhere. Since creative work will not be returned, authors should retain a copy of their work. If other work is cited in the piece, please use our citation style. Because of space constraints we are unable to publish individual pieces that run longer than 25 pages.

Deadlines for submission of creative work are May 1 and December 1. After each deadline, all work will be reviewed by our creative writing editor. Her recommendations will then be read anonymously by our editorial collective who will make the final decisions. Authors will receive notice of the collective's decision by mid-July and mid-February.

How to Submit:
  • Mail one hard copy to Feminist Studies, 0103 Taliaferro Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
  • E-mail an electronic version of your work to creative@feministstudies.org.


For inquiries: submit@feministstudies.org

For submissions: submit@feministstudies.org or creative@feministstudies.org (see "How to Submit" above for further instructions)

Website: http://www.feministstudies.org
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