Overview

The oldest independent periodical in the field, Composition Studies publishes the following kinds of submissions:

  • Original articles relevant to rhetoric and composition, including those that address teaching college writing; theorizing rhetoric and composing; administering writing programs; and, among other topics, preparing the field’s future teacher-scholars. All perspectives and topics of general interest to the profession are welcome. Article manuscripts should be no more than 7,500 words (including works cited and notes) and should be previously unpublished. We use 8th edition MLA style guidelines for format and documentation (see this overview of 8th edition MLA or a more detailed explanation over at Purdue OWL). Submissions should be free of authors’ names and other identifying markers, including metadata and institutional affiliation. We accept the following file formats: .doc, .docx, and .rtf.
  • Course Designs—which contextualize, theorize, and reflect on the content and pedagogy of a course. Detailed submission instructions are here
  • Composing With essays. This section puts emphasis on the journal’s key word, composition and its active variant—composing. The editor will invite practitioners in various arts and humanities disciplines to describe, in 800-1000 words, their experiences composing with things, rituals, materials, others, states of mind, feelings, memories, physical conditions, nonhuman actants, and environments, among other possible partners. Making conscious the interdisciplinary borrowing that pervades the field of Composition Studies, this section seeks to provoke questions regarding what those of us who teach, administer, and theorize writing might learn from broader discussions of composing. These submissions will be largely narrative, aiming to immerse readers in a particular experience rather than making a traditional academic argument.
  • Where We Are contributions, which highlight where we are as a field on matters current and compelling. We will bring together a small group of scholars at the forefront of a particular issue or practice, who together issue a progress report of sorts (each piece is approximately 800-1200 words).
  • Book reviews, curated by our book review editor. See our information page if you’re interested in submitting a book review. 

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