Studies in the Novel invites submissions on all aspects of the novel from its inception to the present day. We are as interested in traditional texts as in newly discovered works, emerging novelists, and popular genres (such as children's literature, mass market novels, the graphic novel, and experimental long fiction). We welcome articles engaged in most contemporary critical methods; however, we will only consider studies in narratology and linguistics that minimize specialized terminology and address themselves to a broad readership in literary studies.

Submissions should be sent in MS Word, devoid of personal identifying information. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 28 pages in length, inclusive of endnotes and Works Cited, have standard formatting (1" margins, double-spaced throughout, etc.), and conform to the latest edition of the MLA Style Manual. Endnotes should be as brief and as limited in number as possible. Illustrations may accompany articles; high-resolution digital files (JPEGs preferred) must be provided upon article acceptance. All copyright permissions must be obtained by the author prior to publication.

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Studies in the Novel is inviting papers for possible inclusion in a special issue on the graphic novel to be guest edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, Professor of English at the University of Memphis, author of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel (2014), and editor of Teaching the Graphic Novel (2009). Essays on any aspect of the graphic novel are welcome, ranging from close readings of individual works or the analysis of the oeuvre of a given writer/artist, to broader topics, such as consideration of the influence of a national tradition, a study of formal elements in several works, graphic novel adaptations, new methods of graphic novel analysis, or the teaching of graphic novels. For consideration, complete essays of no more than 9,000 words should be submitted by November 1, 2014 to Timothy Boswell, Managing Editor, at