PLJ/ CCR: CFP and Guidelines

Pennsylvania Literary Journal (ISSN#: 2151-3066) is a printed journal that publishes critical essays, book-reviews, short stories, interviews, photographs, art, poetry, and various other genres. Issues are on sale in print-form through Amazon and other distributors. PLJ is also available through the EBSCO Academic Complete and ProQuest databases in full-text. It is listed in the MLA International Bibliography, the MLA Directory of Periodicals, Genamics JournalSeek, and Duotrope’s Digest.

General Call: PLJ is published three times per year. Most issues are generalist, even if there is a cluster in any given issue of similar interviews or essays. Special issues can be used to present a set of conference papers, so feel free to apply on behalf of a conference that you are in charge of, if you think the attending writers might be interested in seeing their revised conference papers published. There is an open deadline and an open essay-length for general submissions. Free books can be requested from major academic publishers for you for your review (1,200-1,600 words); or you can find these at the library or the like and submit the finished book reviews for consideration. Critical essays can be written in any style, including MLA and Chicago.

PLJ’s special issues have focused on film, fiction, British literature, formalism, new historicism, and various other fields. In the future years, PLJ would like to see primarily current research, fiction, poetry, and works of art. For example, the most recent issue of PLJ “Reviews of Popular Fiction” includes reviews of Twilight, A Kurt Wallander Novel, and The Last Boyfriend. Most of these reviews are very negative, as the editor-in-chief, Anna Faktorovich, Ph.D., is pretty pessimistic about the current state of literature. Thus, negative, sarcastic, and highly critical and detailed book reviews and essays are especially wanted. Reviews of films, TV series, as well as of photography and art are also of interest. Please remember to support your negative criticism with facts and details from the works, but don’t include quotes over 5 lines in length. In addition, if you can access a celebrity (living) author at a convention, a reading, or through their agent and they agree to do an interview with you – PLJ would be delighted to publish interviews with any recognizable or award-winning author. Interviews with filmmakers, poets, editors, and even businessmen are also of interest. Please review prior issues of PLJ for the interview style that PLJ prefers. Scholarly essays on popular, award-winning, or merited literature published since 1980 is also of special interest. But all periods, genres, modes and styles are equally invited. Essays on methods for teaching literature, composition and other fields are also a good fit. Also send fiction, poetry, art, photography and other forms of art you’ve created. If you’ve published with a major academic publisher or with one of the best popular presses, and would like to be interviewed or reviewed, send a note.

There is no payment for publication, but also no reading fees or publication fees for you. All authors receive a free contributor pdf/epub copies. PLJ is a for-profit venture and subscriptions are what feeds its future success; so please do ask your school’s library to subscribe. If you have an idea for an essay, work of fiction, review, interview, work of art, or anything else that was not mentioned above, send a query to determine if it’s a good fit for PLJ.

Past PLJ Issues are described here:

Cinematic Codes Review: a new, printed, generalist review for all things related to the cinema, television, and other visual and moving arts.

CFP: Essays, Reviews, and All Other Film/Audio-Related Content Invited

CCR strives to be beneficial to film scholars, practitioners and knowledgeable fans. Essays can be about absurdist independent films or about the latest blockbuster. They can come from graduate students, established professors or filmmakers. Like PLJ, Cinematic is a general journal that always welcomes contributions in all fields of film studies. Film or television reviews can be as short 200 words, or as long as 8,000 words. Essays can be anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 words in length. You can also send film-related fiction, poetry, illustrations, photographs, or other creative projects. You can use any citation style, but use footnotes as opposed to endnotes. Screenshots from the films you are discussing (that you made yourself with your computer) are invited. If you use images from the web, check that they are in the public domain. You can view the content of previous CCR issues by using the LookInside feature on Amazon, or by emailing a request for pdf/epub review copies.

Please submit work to Editor-in-Chief, Anna Faktorovich ( Include the author’s biography for all submissions, and an abstract for essays.


Individual and Institutions:

US Subscription Rate (Annual—3 Issues): $45

US Rate for a Single Issue: $15: this price includes shipping. You can purchase most of the other issues on Amazon and other channels for under $10 with their regular discounts. Typically only annual subscription of 3 issues+ are processed directly through Anaphora. If you’re making an order email with your request to subscribe to PLJ and the preferred duration of the subscription. The costs for each individual issue purchased as a book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble fluctuates with the number of pages, if it’s full-color and the like ($10-$30); this price is standardized only for annual subscriptions or special single purchases directly from Anaphora.

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