Stephanie Hawkins, Editor


Studies in the Novel has been published quarterly by the Department of English at the University of North Texas since 1969. Beginning with our Spring 2014 issue, we are excited to embark on a publishing partnership with Johns Hopkins University Press. The journal presents excellence in original criticism of the novel in all periods, by established and emerging novelists worldwide, from all interpretive approaches.

Submitted articles receive initial review from the editor and, following initial acceptance, are then evaluated by noted scholars in the appropriate field from Studies in the Novel's advisory board and the broader academic community. Reviews and review-essays are commissioned by the book review editors, but suggestions for these are welcome. Meanwhile, the journal does not accept requests from authors seeking reviews of their own work.

The journal periodically publishes special issues, devoted to a single topic and edited by a guest editor noted in the appropriate field.

Forthcoming special issue:

  • Graphic Novels (Fall 2015)

Call for Proposals for Special Issue:

Studies in the Novel welcomes proposals for its Fall 2016 special issue on any topic pertaining to the novel, from its origins to the present. Previous special issues have focused on a specific author (David Foster Wallace, Willa Cather) or on a particular category, subgenre, or theme (South African Novel, terrorism, the Graphic Novel). However, we welcome proposals that take a more innovative approach to the tried and true focus on individual novelists or subgenres.

Proposal deadline: February 6, 2015
Contact: Send proposals and questions to

Proposal Guidelines:

Prospective guest editors should submit a proposal that provides:

  • A brief description of the proposed special issue and the rationale: What makes this topic urgent? How is this special issue timely and a contribution to the field? If the topic has been the subject of a special issue published by another journal, how would this particular special issue represent a fresh approach? If possible, provide a list of up to 12 possible contributors.
  • A sample “call for papers” for the special issue, specifying the focus and range of possible essays.
  • A short cv or bio, detailing the guest editor’s qualifications for vetting submissions and editing the special issue.

Guest Editor Responsibilities & Deadlines:

Studies in the Novel special issues traditionally appear in the fall and contain 8-10 essays of 8,000-10,000 words each, for a maximum issue length of 85,000 words.

  • The guest editor determines the content for the special issue in consultation with the managing editor and editor. The guest editor will write an introduction to the special issue.
  • The guest editor is responsible for assuring quality control and maintaining the journal’s high standards for publication. In addition to the approval of the guest editor, all essays accepted for the special issue should have one reader’s report.
  • The guest editor is responsible for checking for accuracy and communicating with authors regarding deadlines, content queries, and recommended changes.
  • The guest editor is responsible for meeting deadlines in accordance with our publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, in order to assure timely publication of the special issue.
    • Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2015
    • Deadline for selections for peer review: October 1, 2015
    • Deadline for selections to revise & resubmit: December 31, 2015
    • Deadline for final selections: March 1, 2016
    • Deadline for files to be edited: May 1, 2016
    • Deadline for printer: July 22, 2016

Following the guest editor’s submission of articles edited for content, clarity, and flow, Studies in the Novel staff will copyedit the completed issue and deliver formatted files to JHUP for printing. The guest editor may subsequently review and correct the final proof before publication.

Selection Process for Special Issue:
In consultation with members of the Studies in the Novel editorial advisory board, the editor will select a proposal by mid-March. Thereafter, the guest editor will be responsible for ensuring the highest-quality pool of submissions for the special issue. The Studies in the Novel managing editor can provide help with posting a call for papers and publicity.