Dear Friends and Supporters of African American Review,
First of all, we hope that you and yours are well and navigating what is surely an unusual time.
In recognition of this fact, we are closing our submission queue until 15 June, at which time we will reopen for the remainder of the summer. As it is, we are loath to request peer reviews from our colleagues particularly as we are aware that many of you are trying to move your semesters to online platforms. Developing an online course can ordinarily be a difficult task, but in the middle of a semester or quarter, such transitions can only be seen as being monumental.
We also extend to contributors whose work is in the queue for a first reading the option of withdrawing their work if they find themselves to be under time constraints. The determination to withdraw will be entirely theirs.
We ask only from those who are reading revised drafts that we receive these reports as soon as you are able. Final decisions will be guided by these. We extend our thanks for all that you do on behalf of Humanities scholarship in African diasporic literature and culture. Be well.
African American Review (AAR) is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; "Forgotten Manuscript" features; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. AAR has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including Trudier Harris, Arnold Rampersad, Hortense Spillers, Amiri Baraka, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Charles Johnson, Cheryl Wall, and Toni Morrison. The official publication of the Modern Language Association's LLC African American, AAR fosters a vigorous conversation on African American literature and culture among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
By submitting your work to AAR, you agree that it has not been published previously and is not under consideration elsewhere. Any violation of this policy will result in an immediate withdrawal of the submission by the editors.
Authors must submit all manuscripts electronically. Our documentation style follows the Third Edition of the MLA Style Manual & Guide to Scholarly Publishing. For author purposes, this will contain the same information as found in the Seventh Edition of the MLA Handbook, which authors may find more accessible. These manuals encourage the use of intratextual documentation and mandate the inclusion of Works Cited lists at the manuscript's end. Manuscripts that do not follow MLA style are subject to immediate rejection. Also, manuscripts that are not paginated will be rejected. Authors must remove any identifying information from the submission, including cover pages, headers, bylines, etc.
Critical essays should be no fewer than 6,000 words and no more than 8,500 words, excluding endotes and Works Cited. If yours is an essay whose subject is art or film, we strongly urge that you include images to the extent possible. Images should not exceed seven in number and should be appropriately captioned and credited. Authors may submit only one essay at a time.
Forgotten Manuscripts - Because so much of African American literary, print, and cultural production remains unknown or ignored, and so much scholarly attention remains devoted to the most canonical texts and topics of the heritage, the journal will publish short occasional essays (1,500-3,500 words) that introduce and contextualize short excerpts (3,000-5,000 words) from manuscripts neglected but noteworthy to African Americanists in diverse academic disciplines as well as to readers generally interested in African Americana. While we do not demand originals, authors must submit, at the very least, facsimiles of the document(s) under discussion.
Fiction writers may submit only one work at a time. Stories should not exceed 3,500 words. Writers must select a topic for the work to be successfully submitted via FastTrack.
Poets may submit no more than six works at a time; multiple poems should be bundled into a single document. Poets must select a topic for the work to be successfully submitted via FastTrack.
REVISIONS: A requested revision should not be submitted as a new article. Under the heading "My Archived Submissions," click on the hyperlinked submission ID of your original article. On the following page, select "Submit Revised Document."
AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews. Copies of books to be considered for review should be mailed to: Dr. Paul Devlin, Fitch Hall - 2nd Floor, Humanities Department, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024. (Paul Devlin's communications and decisions are not on behalf of the United States Government.)
N.B.: Authors are responsible for obtaining written permissions to reuse or reproduce previously copyrighted material and paying any fees. Quoting copyrighted poetry or song lyrics violates fair use practices and always requires permission, no matter how short the quotation. All reproductions of images, including film stills, sheet music, etc., that are not legally possessed by the author must be cleared with the copyright holder of such images before submission to AAR. For more information on copyright and fair use, please visit the National Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.
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