PLJ: 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. All issues, starting with the Summer 2010 Issue, “New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature,” are on sale in print-form through Amazon and other distributors. PLJ is also available through the EBSCO Academic Complete database in full-text. It is listed in the MLA International Bibliography, the MLA Directory of Periodicals, Genamics JournalSeek, and Duotrope’s Digest. The journal is a member of CLMP.

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). Critical essays should be written in the MLA style. Please submit works to Editor-in-Chief Anna Faktorovich ( Include an author’s bio, and an abstract for critical books.

Special Call for Future Issues: Popular and Current Art Submissions and Criticism Wanted: Open Deadline: While great works of literature were written in the 19th century and prior, we live today in an age with major problems and solutions in the realm of art and communication that should be addressed by current artists and critics. The tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal is in its 5th volume and 5th year in operation. It is available on EBSCO, ProQuest and in print from various distribution channels. It has published interviews with best-selling young adult authors like Cinda Williams Chima and Carrie Ryan, as well as with winners of the Brooklyn Film Festival, and top academic editors across the country. 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 criticism of current research, fiction, poetry, film, 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. 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 query. There is no payment for publication, but also no reading fees or publication fees for you. Only famous authors receive a free contributor copy. PLJ is a for-profit venture and subscriptions are what feeds its future success; so feel free to 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 (including criticism of 19th century and prior works), send a query to determine if it’s a good fit for PLJ. While PLJ is moving into popular art, it’s not yet fully there and a wide variety of other projects is still very welcomed. When submitting a project email a Word document with the full text of the work (with an abstract for scholarly articles), and a biography paragraph in the third-person for the author to, to the attention of Dr. Anna Faktorovich, Editor-in-Chief.

All Past Issues are listed 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-Related Content Invited for Cinematic Codes Review, a New Journal’s First Issues: Preferred Deadline: August 1, 2016

Anaphora Literary Press plans to start its second journal, dedicated to film and television studies, Cinematic Codes Review. Its Pennsylvania Literary Journal (PLJ) has been in print since 2009, and it is starting to be too thick for its standard $10 cover price. By splitting it into two journals, one for literature and the second for film, both should become more focused. The first couple of issues are particularly important, and hopefully writers will submit essays, film reviews, or any other film related content to fill the pages with content that will 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 will be a general journal that will always be welcome to 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 are invited. If you use images from the web, check that they are in the public domain. PLJ has published works by and interviews with New York Times bestselling writers like Larry Niven and Geraldine Brooks. Dr. R. Joseph Rodríguez received the 2015 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship’s Article Award for his article, “There Are Many Rooms” which appeared in Volume VI, Issue 1 of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal (El Paso Inc). Hopefully, “Cinematic” will see similar successes with the help of your submissions. Email your submission or query to, to the attention of Director and Editor-in-Chief, Anna Faktorovich, PhD. Include a biographical paragraph for all genres, and also an abstract for critical essays. The first issue of Cinematic will probably come out in May 2016 and the second one in August 2016. Work sent before these deadlines will receive closer consideration. You can view the content of previous PLJ issues by using LookInside on Amazon, or by emailing a request for sample links to pdf issues.


Individual and Institutions:

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

US Rate for a Single Issue: $15 ($15 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.)

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