CEA Critic | Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission

The CEA Critic is the scholarly journal of the College English Association, a national organization for teachers of college English. The CEA Critic publishes scholarly articles that read closely the texts-fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and film-that English professors study and teach. The CEA Critic celebrates the importance of literary criticism from a variety of approaches and the value of reading and teaching familiar and unfamiliar literary works.

The CEA Critic is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.Founded in 1939, The CEA Critic publishes scholarly articles that focus on any texts or issues pertinent to the discipline of English in higher education.

The College English Association holds the copyright to all articles published in The CEA Critic. For permission to reprint articles or to use them in class, please contact the editors at the address below. If you would like to submit an essay for publication in The CEA Critic, you may email submissions to the editors; email submissions are preferred. You also may mail two letter-quality hard copies and a Word document on a CD-R. Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Place any notes and the list of works cited at the end of your word-processing file-do not use the automatic note/reference function of your word-processing program. In other words, type reference numbers and endnotes as you would on a typewriter. But please keep in mind that note references interrupt your reader's experience and that MLA style discourages "lengthy discussions that divert the reader's attention from the primary text" (7.5.1). The editors ask that authors keep notes to a minimum and place reference numbers at the end of sentences. Authors are responsible both for the accuracy of quotations and for representing source material fairly. The editorial staff will edit accepted manuscripts to conform to house style. Please prepare your submission in accordance with the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition (2008).

The CEA Critic will publish only articles by members of the College English Association. Non-members are welcome to submit but must join the CEA in order for accepted submissions to be published. Address submissions and inquiries about The CEA Critic to the editors:

Editor, The CEA Critic
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 109
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639


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The editors will recycle submitted paper manuscripts.

Review Process

The editors will send submissions to members of the Editorial Board or to other qualified reviewers. The editors, however, reserve the right to reject submissions that they consider inappropriate for The CEA Critic without sending them out for review. Unrevised conference presentations or unrevised graduate term papers are not appropriate for publication in The CEA Critic. Essays on pedagogy or academia are appropriate for The CEA Forum.

Because our journal aims to publish stimulating literary criticism, reviewers will judge how compelling, coherent, scholarly, original, and important the submitted essays are.

The editors will recycle rejected submissions. The College English Association holds the copyright to all articles published in The CEA Critic. For permission to reprint articles, please contact the editors at the address above.

The University of Northern Colorado is the new home of The CEA Critic, the journal of the College English Association. The University is located in Greeley. Colorado, a city named for famed journalist Horace Greeley, who popularized (although was not the first to utter) the injunction, "Go West, young man!" For Greeley, and for so many others before and after him, the West has been a location both literal and figurative. For our inaugural issue of The Critic, the new editors solicit essays that investigate, reflect on, seek to define, or look to challenge the notion of the West as it is addressed in any mode or genre of text.

Submissions, in WORD format, should be sent to CEA.Critic@unco.edu. Please submit two copies, one with the author's name and affiliation and one without any author identification. In addition, please include, in your correspondence, a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere.

CEA Critic | Current Issues

The CEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeri Kraver, Molly Desjardins, and Michael Mills of University of Northern Colorado to the editorship of The CEA Critic. The organization thanks the immediate past editor Daniel Robinson (Widener University) for his years of service.

Click here for a CFP from the new editors:  a special issue on "The West."  Watch this space for information on future issues.

CEA Critic | Past Issues

72.3 (Spring-Summer 2010)


Special Issue on The Graphic Novel

>Robin Hammerman | A Defense of Comics: Guest Editor's Note

Carolyn Kyler | Mapping a Life: Reading and Looking at Contemporary Graphic Memoir

Adrielle Anna Mitchell | Graphic Journeys: Figuring Americans Abroad in Thompson's Carnet de Voyage and Abel's La Perdida

Rick Hudson | The Derelict Fairground: A Bakhtinian Analysis of the Graphic Novel Medium

Carl F. Miller | "Worlds Lived, Worlds Died": The Graphic Novel, the Cold War, and 1986

Kirsten Clemens | Graphic Novels and the Girl Market

Frank Erik Pointer and Sandra Eva Boschenhoff | Classics Emulated: Comic Adaptations of Literary Texts

73.1 (Fall 2010)

>Andrea Porter | Jarhead and the Failure of the Vietnam Myth

Kristin Czarnecki | "Born in a Hot Place": Kristevan Foreignness in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark

Ann Marie Adams | A Quirk-y Mash-Up of "Two Kinds of Romance"; Or, The Unlikely Reanimation of the "Gothick Story" in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Craig A. Warren | Gender and Moral Immaturity in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None

Matthew C. Brennan | Keats, Turner, and Claudian Landscape: Re-visioning Lorrain's The Enchanted Castle

Lucy Bednar | Audiobooks and the Reassertion of Orality: Walter J. Ong and Others Revisited

Richard Rankin Russell | Black Passages through White Spaces: The Masking of Faulkner's African-American Characters in Go Down, Moses

73.2 (Winter 2011)

>Elizabeth L. Knauer | Of Dogs, Daughters, and the “Back Bedroom” School: Woolf’s Flush (1933) and Women’s Education

Joan R. Wry | Emerson, the Genius Tradition, and the Aspirant Poems of Margaret Fuller

Kristin L. Matthews | Neither Inside Nor Outside: Mari Evans, the Black Aesthetic, and the Canon

Janelle Collins | “My Truth of What It Was Like to Live in the Midst Of a Civil Rights Firestorm”: Authority and Subjectivity in Melba Pattillo Beals’Warriors Don’t Cry

Kathy Rugoff | “Wild reasons of the State”: Geoffrey Hill’s Response to Adorno

Terry W. Thompson | "Presentiments of Evil": Sourcing Frankenstein in Edith Nesbit's "Man-Size in Marble"

Helen Maxson | Balance and Boundaries: Literary Allusion in Fiction by Wendell Berry

CEA Forum | Guidelines


The CEA Forum is an online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal sponsored by the College English Association for the scholarship of teaching and learning in English studies.  It is our hope that the journal will reflect the wide and varied interests of the CEA membership. To that end, we welcome praxis-oriented pieces that examine teaching in the fields of literature, rhetoric/composition, technical communication, creative writing, theory, English education, film studies, disability studies, and other areas; further, we encourage pieces that look at these not necessarily as discrete areas of specialization, but that look at the ways these fields intersect and the practical connections that can be made among them.

Contributions are sought examining classroom praxis, offering best practices and pitfalls, teaching strategies, and case studies. Pieces that focus on all areas of the teaching and learning of English studies, including syllabi and assignments, are welcome. We also welcome short reviews of recent publications of interest to CEA members; contributors are welcome to suggest publications, or to write expressing interest in getting an assignment.

The CEA Forum is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the Education Resources Information Center. It is published twice a year in May and December.

To submit an article or apply to review for the journal, you must first register. After registering as an author with The CEA Forum, you may submit contributions using the journal's online submission system.  If you have questions about the submission system, write to the Editor, Jamie McDaniel, at jmcdaniel30@radford.edu.

Archives for Issues 34.1 (Winter/Spring 2005) through 38.2 (Summer/Fall 2009) can be found here.

Beginning with Issue 39.1 (Winter/Spring 2010), The CEA Forum is supported by Texas Digital Libraries, and we invite readers to visit the site for current and future issues as well as guidelines for submission.

Submission Guidelines

The CEA Forum accepts the following kinds of submissions. We especially encourage submissions that take advantage of The CEA Forum’s online venue by including links, videos, and other multimedia components:


The Forum publishes articles between 2500 and 7500 words addressing pedagogical issues with a heavy research/theory focus. Where required, the article should be grounded in the current scholarship and be aware of current practices. Where required, the article should be specific about teaching strategies delineated, offering course information, details about syllabi, assignments, and methodology, for example.


A roundtable for the journal is like a roundtable for a conference. Roundtables contain a critical introduction and five or six short papers (under 2500 words) that all speak to some aspect of the same topic related to pedagogical issues in English and undergo peer review as a single collection of papers.


A column for the journal may address larger issues in higher education, take on a more lighthearted tone, and/or, in the case of a special research column, offer an extended and researched discussion of a single topic in English studies. Columns undergo peer review, and their length is flexible.

Book Reviews

The journal welcomes reviews of recent publications of interest to CEA members; contributors can suggest publications or write expressing interest in getting an assignment.

Blog Entries for The CEA Forum Annex (ceaforumannex.blogspot.com)

The CEA Forum Annex is a supplementary website that works alongside The CEA Forum main site. It has at least one blog post from a guest blogger each month along with an actual interactive forum for discussing articles from The CEA Forum issues, the CEA conference, and important matters in English and higher education.

The CEA Forum seeks to provide current quality scholarship grounded in both theory and praxis for its readers. We are interested in articles that detail best practices and innovation, new ideas and fresh takes on tried and true methods.

All submissions to The CEA Forum are sent out for blind review. Reviewers have demonstrated records of expertise in the areas covered by the journal. Reader reports are returned with detailed feedback and one of four recommendations: accept (usually with minor revisions), revisions required (usually with major revisions approved by the editor), resubmit for review (usually with major revisions approved by additional reviewers), and reject. The journal asks peer reviewers to return recommendations in six weeks, though they can take between three and six months.

Potential authors, and reviewers, are asked to consider the following:

The journal has a wide range of members of the profession for its audience: graduate students, adjuncts/contingent faculty/part-timers, junior faculty, senior/seasoned faculty, writing center faculty, advisors, teachers of undergraduates and graduate students, composition, literature, creative writing, technical communication, survey courses, advanced courses for majors, general education courses, etc. It offers essays on teaching, advising, professional issues, etc. Articles should be appropriate for this broad audience.

  • All submissions must follow the latest edition of the MLA guidelines for documentation.
  • All contributions should be submitted using the journal's online submission system.
  • Contributors should include a 75-word note/bio (including such information as teaching position, research interests, and relevant publications), and indicate whether they would like an email address and/or website included.
  • We welcome articles that include syllabi, assignments, and other supplementary materials.
  • Upon acceptance, contributors will be asked to review their pages for any final proofreading or formatting issues before the issue goes live.
  • We welcome book reviews; however, we prefer not to run a book review and an article by the same author in the same issue.
  • The CEA Forum does not publish poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.
  • Articles that appear to be unrevised conference papers are not acceptable.
CEA Forum | Current Issue

Read The CEA Forum!

The CEA Forum is the online peer-reviewed journal of teaching and learning for the College English Association. It publishes praxis-oriented articles that address pedagogical theory, classroom practice, and ideas about the profession of teaching college English. The CEA Forum is published twice a year (December and May), and is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). Archives for Issues 34.1 (Winter/Spring 2005) through 38.2 (Summer/Fall 2009) can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/CEAForumArchive

The CEA Forum Annex

The idea for The CEA Forum Annex (ceaforumannex.blogspot.com) came about from discussions during the Presidential Forum at the 2012 College English Association Conference in Richmond, Virginia.  I had the pleasure of appearing on the Forum alongside Jeri Kraver, the editor of The CEA Critic.  Many members of the audience voiced interest in the creation of an online venue to discuss articles appearing in The CEA Forum, to read about important issues in higher education, and to connect with other members of the CEA.  The CEA Forum Annex will provide that venue by

  • publishing a monthly guest blog entry that discusses current issues in higher education and the teaching of English,
  • offering an interactive online forum to facilitate conversation about articles in The CEA Forum and topics in higher education and the teaching of English, and
  • allowing CEA members to make connections with other members who share their interests.

If you have questions or suggestions for The CEA Forum or The CEA Forum Annex, please do not hesitate to contact me at   jmcdaniel@pittstate.edu.  I am always looking for new and creative ideas!

Dr. Jamie L. McDaniel
Editor, The CEA Forum
Assistant Professor of English
Director, Technical / Professional Writing
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS