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Submissions are now open for the 2018-2019 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Brave New Worlds: Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Film.”

If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the Digital Literature Review.

Please e-mail all submissions to the Digital Literature Review at dlr@bsu.edu.


As a genre, utopian fiction is devoted to detailed depictions of places that are recognizably good or bad and that are typically dramatically different from the authors’ own societies. In 1516, Thomas More coined the term “utopia” from Greek roots that translate to both “good land” and “no-place land,” at once summoning to mind an ideal and its impossibility and lending naturally to its antithesis, dystopia. The legacies of these early thought experiments can be seen in related genres including fantasy and a sci-fi, and subgenres that focus on topics such as gender, race, and the environment. We’ve also seen an explosion of interest in dystopias in Young Adult fiction and film. From The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin to movies including Zombieland and Mad Max: Fury Road and the television series The Good Place and Black Mirror, as a culture, we are still clearly seeking the elusive “good” land and grappling with more dystopian realities in the face of massive technological and ecological changes.

The Digital Literature Review, an online journal of undergraduate research, seeks scholarly essays by undergraduate students that examine literary and filmic representations of utopias or dystopias, worlds—ideal, nightmarish, extra-terrestrial—that allow us to examine and critique our own world and environment.

Papers should be between 2500 and 5000 words, should adhere to MLA Style, and should be submitted in PDF format. We expect submissions to be well-researched and to contribute to an on-going scholarly conversation. All submissions are due by January, 7 2019.

 

Essay Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2018, even if you have now graduated.
  • Paper submissions should be saved as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Papers should be in MLA style format.
  • Papers should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words.
  • Submissions are to be well researched and must contribute to ongoing scholarly conversations.
  • All submissions will be blindly reviewed, so please do not put your name on your essay.
  • Submissions will close on January 7, 2019.

Blog Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2018, even if you have now graduated.
  • Posts should address the theme of “Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Film.”
  • Blog submissions should be saved as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Posts should be in MLA style format.
  • Posts should be between 700 and 900 words.
  • Possible Blog submissions may include but are not limited to: reviews of movies, books or television programs, short analyses of texts or of individual episodes or portions of texts, interesting findings that emerge from a research project, etc.
  • Submissions will close on January 7, 2019.

Artwork Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2018, even if you have now graduated.
  • Please save your artwork as a high resolution JPEG.
  • Artwork should be original photography, digital or traditional prints. We will NOT accept photographs of sculptures or 3D media.
  • Submit up to 5 works for review at a time.
  • When you submit, please include a short (3–5 sentences) biographical statement and a rationale (4–6 sentences) for your piece/pieces in the body of the email.
  • Submissions will close January 7, 2019.

What happens next?

  • The editing team will decide whether to accept your essay or not.
  • If accepted, you will have a chance to revise your piece and return it to the Digital Literature Review at dlr@bsu.edu. Along with this, you will need to include an abstract and a short bio about yourself.