An Invitation to Chat with an Editor at MLA Philadephia 2017

MLA members—especially junior faculty and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor to discuss their writing for academic publication. This opportunity is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

The “Chat with an Editor” session may address submission to a particular academic journal or address submission to academic journals in general. Topics may range from formulating a publishable project to understanding the review process or responding to the editor’s letter about a submission. The “Chat” is intended to be a form of professional mentoring, one that will strengthen scholarly publication and academic career progression. The schedule of the “Chat with an Editor” is listed below.

 

Those interested may sign up for a twenty-minute slot with one of the editors listed by emailing CELJ Mentoring Coordinator, Professor Graham MacPhee, at: gmacphee@wcupa.edu

 

 

CELJ “Chat with an Editor” Schedule at the MLA Convention, Philadelphia 2017

Pennsylvania Convention Centre, 203A, level 2.

 

FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY:

 

10.00 to 11.00am

Gary Totten (MELUS)

Graham MacPhee (College Literature)

 

11.00 to 12.00noon

Jim Phelan (Narrative)

Margaret Bauer (North Carolina Literary Review)

Michael Cornett (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies)

 

12.00 to 1.00pm

Logan Browning (SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900)

Nicholas Birns (Antipodes)

 

1.00 to 2.00pm

Susan Tomlinson (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers)

Jennifer Putzi (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers)

 

1.30 to 2.10pm

Debra Rae Cohen (Modernism/Modernity)

Sheri Spaine Long (Hispania)

SATURDAY, 7 JANUARY:

 

9.00am to 10.00am

Gary Totten (MELUS)

Yogita Goyal (Contemporary Literature)

 

10.00 to 11.00am

Jana Argersinger (Poe Studies)

Janine Utell (The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945)

 

11.00 to 12.00 noon

Tina Chen (Verge: Studies in Global Asias)

Becky Byron (SEL: Studies in English Literature)

 

12.00 to 1.00pm

Debra Rae Cohen (Modernism/Modernity)

Carolyn Sorisio (College Literature)

 

Call for Volunteers: Chat with an Editor at the MLA 2017, Philadelphia

We are asking for editors to take part in the Chat with an Editor event at the MLA 2017, Philadelphia. You will be an editor of an academic journal in the MLA field and enthusiastic about mentoring younger scholars.

The "Chat with an Editor" event offers an incredibly valuable opportunity for scholars – especially graduate students, postdocs, and junior colleagues – to meet with a journal editor and learn more about the submission process and how they might improve and develop their manuscripts. Editors take a one-hour spot and typically meet with 2–3 interested and motivated young scholars in that time.

We are asking for volunteers (both old hands and those who have not experienced the event before) to participate for a one-hour session. Please let me know your availability and preferences for the following spots (usually two editors are be available in a given session):

Friday, January 6:
10.00 to 11.00am
11.00am to 12.00noon
12.00 to 1.00pm
1.00 to 2.00pm

Saturday, January 7
9.00 to 10.00am
10.00 to 11.00am
11.00 to 12.00noon
12.00 to 1.00pm

Contact: please reply to Graham MacPhee with your availability at gmacphee@wcupa.edu

ANNOUNCING THE CELJ ANNUAL AWARDS COMPETITION

ANNOUNCING THE CELJ ANNUAL AWARDS COMPETITION

We are pleased to announce the CELJ Awards competition of 2016. As in previous years, we will be offering as many as 11 prizes for creative and scholarly journals. Awards are offered for an exciting diversity of accomplishments. Please see this website (http://www.celj.org) for further details about eligibility for all of these competitions.

Submissions are due September 12, 2016

I. Literary Journals
Of the following 3 awards, no journal can compete in more than one division:

A. The Distinguished Literary Editor Award
Any editor of a creative arts journal is eligible. The editor must be nominated by a subsequent editor or by a member of the current or past editorial board.

B. Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
This competition solicits a single issue, published within the previous 3 years, that constitutes an unusually high realization of the belletristic journal's mission in combination with application of the highest standards of "learned" editorial practice--understood to encompass editing for selection of high-quality content, compelling arrangement of contents, style, visual appeal and readability, etc.

C. Best New Literary Journal
New journals with 3 years or less of publication history are eligible (2014-16).

II. The CELJ Awards for Scholarly Achievement

Member journals with a primarily scholarly or critical focus qualify for these 8 award contests.

A. Best New Journal
New journals with 3 years or fewer (2014-16) of publication history are eligible.

B. Best Special Issue
A fall/winter 2015 or a 2016 special issue may be submitted.

C. Best Public Intellectual Special Issue
Contestants must reach out beyond academe and connect with a popular audience in terms of accessible language and attractive presentation. A fall/winter 2015 or a 2016 issue may be submitted.

D. Best Journal Design
New journals or journals that have launched a new journal design within the previous 3 years (2014-16) may submit.

E. The Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
Journals that have launched an overall effort of revitalization or transformation within the previous 3 years (2014-16) may submit. This award goes to the most improved journal, regardless of its state at the time the renovations began. A weak journal that has become excellent is eligible, but so too is an admired journal that manages to become dramatically better. Submissions must feature significant editorial change and may also feature change in design and other aspects of the journal's publication.

F. Distinguished Editor
Any editor is eligible. The editor must be nominated by a subsequent editor or by a member of the current or past editorial board.

G. Codex Award
The recipient of the Codex Award will be selected from journals covering the period before 1500. The journal can be in any discipline—history, literature, the arts, music, or any other field—or be interdisciplinary, and it can cover any area of that world as long as the majority of that coverage is in the “ancient” or “medieval” periods. Specialized and general journals may apply; the award is for distinction within this historical field, not necessarily for comprehensive coverage of it. A journal can win this award only once every 3 years.

H. Voyager Award
The Voyager Award will recognize excellence in any journal covering the period between 1500 and 1800. The journal can be in any discipline—history, literature, philosophy, music, or any other field—or be interdisciplinary, and it can cover any area of that world as long as the majority of that coverage is in the early modern period. Specialized and general journals may apply; the award is for distinction within this historical period, not necessarily for comprehensive coverage of it. Journals covering, say, both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—or any version of “the long eighteenth century” are eligible for this award. A journal can win this award only once every 3 years.

Send all submissions to
Cheryl Ball, CELJ
Downtown Library
Office of the Dean
1549 University Avenue
PO Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506.

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