Submission Guidelines

The Wallace Stevens Journal welcomes submissions on all aspects of Wallace Stevens’s writing and life. Articles range from interpretive criticism of his poetry and essays to comparisons with other writers, from biographical and contextual studies to more theoretically informed reflections. Also welcome are previously unpublished primary or archival material and photographs, proposals for guest-edited special issues, and original Stevens-inspired creative works.

Article submissions should be emailed to the editor as an attachment in Microsoft Word format. Authors should consult recent articles to see typical content, standard form, and customary length. The journal does not impose strict limits as to word count; shorter and longer pieces are welcome.

Please prepare manuscripts according to current MLA style (see the MLA Handbook, 9th Edition, 2021), using Works Cited format and parenthetical citation. All lines (including block quotations and endnotes) should be double-spaced. The standard sources for quotations from Stevens’s works are Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997) and Letters of Wallace Stevens (Knopf, 1966; rpt. U of California P, 1996). In parenthetical citations in the text, these sources are abbreviated as CPP and L, respectively. In rare instances where a small error in CPP occurs, it will be silently corrected. Do not quote whole poems that are still under copyright (1923 and after) and take care to critically discuss all quoted passages rather than using any merely as illustration. Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript itself; compose your text in such a way that it does not compromise anonymity in the review process. Authors should provide full contact information on a separate title page: name, address, phone, and email.

Authors of accepted articles will be required to furnish a roughly hundred-word abstract and images of all quotations, excepting those from the standard sources of Stevens, with the passages marked, for systematic verification. Title, author, copyright information, and page numbers should be clear.

The journal also publishes poetry related to or inspired by Wallace Stevens as well as book reviews, news and comments, a current bibliography of annual scholarship on Stevens, and reproductions of artwork inspired by the poet. For poetry submissions, contact the Poetry Editor below. For inquiries and proposals regarding book reviews, contact the Book Review Editor below. If you are interested in proposing art for the cover or elsewhere, contact the Art Editor below.

Contact Information:


Andrew Osborn
University of Dallas
1845 East Northgate Drive #710
Irving, TX, USA 75062

Poetry Editor:

Dennis Barone

Book Review Editor:

Zachary Tavlin

Art Editor:

Alexis Serio