Style Guide

We accept submissions electronically at, either as a Word attachment or as a Google Doc. When submitting a manuscript for possible publication, please include your name and university affiliation in your email ONLY and adhere to the following guidelines for formatting and layout:

  • File name should reflect the title of your article (e.g., Gender in Star Wars); please do NOT include your name in the title to your piece or as part of the manuscript itself
  • Length should not be more than twenty pages
  • Font should be 12 point Times New Roman
  • Margins should be 1 inch on all sides
  • Spacing should be double throughout, including block quotes and notes
  • Alignment should be left justified, except for your title, which can be center justified
  • Pagination should be consecutive, from first page to the last; please center your page numbers at the bottom of each page
  • Style should include no auto-formatting; please use hanging indents for your bibliography and 1 inch indentations for block quotes
  • Citations should follow MLA 8 guidelines; please review these as needed (Purdue OWL is a good starting place)
  • Layout should include the article title followed by the article text

If your article is accepted for publication, we will request your preferred postal address so that we can ship you a complementary copy of the journal after it has been printed. During the line editing stage of the process, your name and university affiliation will be added to your essay as well.

In addition to following the basic guidelines for formatting and layout above, please pay attention to these house style mandates before submitting your work:

We use standard American spelling and usage, the only exception being within the context of a direct quote when you should reproduce the text you are citing exactly as it appears.

Use a single space after a period.

Italicize foreign words consistently.

Translate non-English quotes immediately following the quotation in brackets (e.g. “que sera sera” [what will be, will be]). If you lead with the English translation put the original language in brackets instead.

Use a tab and not extra spacing to indicate paragraph breaks.

Use dashes to indicate compound words (e.g., high-risk).

Use en dashes to note a range of numbers, such as pages or dates (e.g. 2–13).

Use em dashes to set off phrases in a sentence—like this—by typing two hyphens followed directly by the next word in your sentence; the em dash will appear after you insert the normal space following the double hyphens.

Use double quotation marks for all quotes, including to indicate when a word is being used as a term (e.g., “othered”) or to define a term (e.g., unheimlich, meaning “uncanny” or “weird”); use single quotation marks for quotes within a quote.

When using quotation marks for purposes other than citing quotes from your sources, place all punctuation EXCEPT colons and semi-colons within your quotation marks (e.g., what we really need to discuss is the relationship between “might” and “right,” not the definition of either term on its own).

For block quotations, use the indent command and not multiple tabs or spaces.

Spell out numbers one to ninety-nine.

Spell out centuries (twentieth, not 20th). The adjectival form requires a hyphen (twentieth-century novel). Do not insert an apostrophe in dates (1660s, not 1660’s).

Insert your ellipses manually as three periods with a space on both sides of all of them (eg., . . . ).

Do not capitalize titles or institutional names unless they are part of specific, official names (e.g., the king versus King Henry or the church versus the Church of England).

The first reference to an author in your prose should include his/her/their name; subsequent references can use last names only.