Submission and Editorial Policies

Our Submissions Process:

LURe welcomes the submission of scholarly undergraduate essays on all topics and historical periods of literature, film, critical theory, or cultural studies. LURe publishes only researched articles. One submission per author per year, please.

Manuscripts should be no more than 20 pages in length, be formatted in Microsoft Word or as a Google Doc, and conform to the style guidelines provided in the “Style Guide” section of this website.

Because of the blind review process, the author’s name and contact information must only appear in the email affiliated with the work being submitted. Please include current address, phone number, email address, and institutional information in your email as well.

The online edition of the journal is hosted here, and all electronic submissions should be sent to lurejournal@gmail.com.  Feel free to email us for additional information.

Our Editorial and Production Processes:

We accept submissions once a year during the period advertised in our CFP (see the “Important Dates” section of this website). All submitted work goes through a blind peer review by two members of our editorial staff, and this feedback is used by our editors-in-chief to make initial recommendations about publication. We aim to have this feedback to authors within three months of receiving your submitted essays.

If you are encouraged to revise and resubmit your work at this point, you will receive a deadline for resubmission from the editors, and your resubmitted work will go through another cycle of blind peer review. The same is true of essays that are accepted for publication contingent on addressing a few specific queries from the editors.

Once LURe accepts the final revised copy of your text, it goes into line editing and production. Line editors will read your work for clarity, consistency, and grammatical and typographical errors; they will not check your quotations and references for you. It is your job to ensure that this information is accurate, and we recommend that you recheck these materials while your essay is being line edited. Any confusion along these lines might result in your work not being published.

When the line editors have completed their work, you will be sent a copy of your essay with their comments and queries embedded in it via track changes and inserted comments. At this point you need to read the suggestions carefully and insert all necessary changes directly into the same file (using the same tools—track changes and inserted comments to do so). You do not need to make every change suggested by our editors, but we do ask that you respond to each suggestion made. Please include your rationale for deciding not accept certain changes either through an embedded comment in the file itself, or as part of the email that accompanies your work when you return it to us. This is your last chance to make significant changes to your work, and you will typically have two weeks to do so.

After LURe receives your responses to our line editing suggestions, we will recheck everything and contact you with any last minute questions. Our editors then begin the process of creating proofs for the issue as a whole. The final issue is posted to our website and printed. All published authors will receive a copy of the printed journal at the address provided during our earlier correspondence.