The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL)

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL)

General Editor: Dr Alison Waller (University of Roehampton)

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL) aims to foster original scholarship covering the theory, critical interpretation, literary history, and cultural production of young adult literature from all parts of the world. This new online open-access journal acknowledges the growth of the field of YA and takes it seriously as a subject of literary enquiry. Young adult literature is understood in broad terms, and all research investigating the literary or narrative qualities of other popular forms or media are welcomed.

IJYAL is now accepting submissions for its third issue, scheduled for publication in 2022. Articles of 7000-9000 words should be submitted by 25 October 2021. We particularly encourage researchers working beyond Anglo-American young adult literature and/or working outside of the UK and US to submit articles. We will consider original scholarship on all aspects of young adult literature, with possible critical approaches including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical work
  • Considerations of form, genre, theme or style
  • Author studies
  • Comparative analysis
  • Explorations of reception and response
  • Publication histories

You can find more information about submission and article requirements here:

CFP for the Summer 2021 issue of the ESSE Messenger


Deadline: 30 June 2021

Change in languages over time seems to be an inevitable constant. All languages have undergone and, if not dead, are undergoing change. As Ferdinand de Saussure put it more than a century ago, “the linguistic river never stops flowing” (Course in General Linguistics, 1916). The English language has been no exception and topics addressing linguistic change have been—and continue to be—widely discussed from different areas or branches of linguistics, such as generative, historical, variationist or corpus linguistics. There is, however, much that still needs to be investigated.

The journal welcomes contributions that are qualitative and critical, and whose focus resides in the field of language change and variation in English. This may include state-of-the-art research on areas of linguistics across theoretical frameworks along with studies that approach language from both a diachronic and/or synchronic perspective.

A suggested, albeit not prescriptive, list of themes includes:

  • Factors leading to language change.
  • Methods and tools for language change.
  • Spread of change.
  • Patterns of variation and change.
  • Types of variation (phonological, morpho-syntactic, lexical, semantic, etc.).
  • Texts and corpora for the study of language change.
  • World Englishes.

CFP for the Winter 2020 issue of the ESSE Messenger

Theme: “Make ’em cry, make ’em laugh, make ’em wait”: Sensation, mystery and detection in the Victorian novel

Deadline: 15 November 2020

The ESSE Messenger invites contributions that address:

  • reasons and factors that lead to the popularity of such kind of novels;
  • construction and narrative techniques of sensational plots;
  • treatment of sensational characters;
  • contribution of these novels to the creation of popular fiction and reasons for them becoming bestsellers;
  • contribution of Victorian writers such as Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Conan Doyle to the prosperity of such novels;
  • reception of such novels by the Victorian reading public and critics in the context of the imposed belief in morality and order, expected aesthetic value and worldview of Victorian realism;
  • reception of such creations by the reading public today and their echoes in contemporary fiction.

CFP 29-2 W2020

Details here.

CFP for the Summer 2020 issue of The ESSE Messenger

Theme: Language, discourse and gender identity

Guest editors:

Dr. Isil Bas, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey
Dr. Maria Socorro Suárez Lafuente, University of Oviedo, Spain

Deadline extended: 30 June 2020.

The upcoming ESSE Messenger issue will concentrate on both the role of language in creating gendered identities and alternative “discourses” that envisage the existence and possibility of plural and variable existences and worlds that challenge traditional sexed and gendered polarities.

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Current CFP

All contributions sent to the ESSE Messenger should observe the Editorial Code and the Stylesheet. They should be sent to the ESSE Messenger email address: esse.messenger [ at ]

CFP for the Summer 2022 issue of The ESSE Messenger

Theme: English Studies during pandemic times

Deadline: 31.05.2022

The COVID-19 pandemic, as an unprecedented global phenomenon, has deeply affected higher education and academia. It has also forced us to reconsider the place of the Humanities during periods of severe economic and social crisis.

This special issue invites papers on the impact of the current pandemic on topics within the field of English Studies. Papers might consider any aspect of the interplay of language/linguistics, literature and culture and the pandemic.

All contributions submitted to The ESSE Messenger should observe the Editorial code ( and the Stylesheet ( They should be sent to The ESSE Messenger email address: