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Submissions are now open for the 2019-2020 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Ghost Stories and Cultural Hauntings.”

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.


They’re heeeeere…. 

Submissions are now open for the 2019-2020 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Ghost Stories and Cultural Hauntings.”

Please email all submissions to the Digital Literature Review at dlr@bsu.edu.

Even though Halloween has come and gone, ghosts are still with us. Some destroy, some sustain, but the cultural significance of ghosts spans hundreds of years. Why do we continually bring out and bring up the dead? Why do ghost stories play such an important role in the fabric of our nation’s history? From classic ghost stories like A Christmas Carol and Beloved, recent movies and television shows like Us or The Haunting of Hill House, and even newer cultural forms like CreepyPasta stories and Reddit’s r/nosleep, tales of ghosts and hauntings are told over and over again in a variety of different ways. Some ghost stories are told around the flickering light of a campfire to scare children into good behavior. Some ghost stories are painful but poignant reminders of memories or fears we’d perhaps rather keep buried. Some ghosts terrorize otherwise normal families and must be exorcised. Other ghosts just need someone to listen to them. What constitutes a ghost or haunting varies from story to story and from age to age, but the cultural interest in them never wanes. What do these ghosts and hauntings represent? Why do we tell these stories again and again?

Whether you’re a horror buff or a scaredy cat, we’re interested in your analytical writing about ghosts, ghost stories, and the cultural work they do.

The Digital Literature Review, an online journal of undergraduate research, seeks scholarly essays by undergraduate students that examine literary and media representations of ghost stories and cultural hauntings.

Papers on any aspect of ghosts or cultural hauntings in literature, film, or popular culture should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words, should adhere to MLA Style, and should be submitted in a Word document. Essays should also double spaced and in 12 pt. Times New Roman. We expect submissions to be well-researched and to contribute to an on-going scholarly conversation. Please direct any questions or submissions to dlr@bsu.edu. All submissions are due by January 12, 2020.

 


 

Essay Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2019, 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 12, 2020.

Blog Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2019, even if you have now graduated.
  • Posts should address the theme of “Ghost Stories and Cultural Hauntings.”
  • 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, journalistic pieces, creative writing, etc.
  • Submissions will close on January 10, 2020.

Artwork Submission Guidelines

  • To be eligible to submit, you must have been an undergraduate student in 2019, 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 12, 2020.

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.