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The Rhetoric Society of America invites submissions to an edited volume inspired by the 18th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis. At that conference, many participants reflected on the 50th anniversary of the organization as well as on our conference theme: Re-inventing Rhetoric: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future. We invite you to submit papers delivered at the 2018 conference that address either (or both) of these themes. 

Submissions should be no longer than 10 pages, double-spaced (12-point font), not including the bibliography (about 3,000 words). Citations should be documented in MLA Format, 8th edition. Permission to reprint any images not in the public domain should be cleared in advance, with captions and credit lines placed in the text and hi-res image files provided separately. So that we can move the collection into production as early as possible, only polished, correctly formatted essays can be considered.

The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals represents the result of a nationwide conversation—beginning with journal editors, but expanding to teachers, scholars and workers across the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition—to select essays that showcase the innovative and transformative work now being published in the field’s independent journals. Representing both print and digital journals in Rhetoric and Composition, the essays featured explore issues ranging from classroom practice to writing in global and digital contexts, from writing workshops to community activism. Together, the essays provide readers with a rich understanding of the present and future direction of the field.

This submission form asks editors to supply all the necessary information and files for production. Please review the categories and prepare all the information and files before starting to complete it.

The WAC Journal invites article submissions. We are interested in all WAC-related topics and especially those that offer new insights on WAC ambitions, concerns, or problems. Perhaps you have new data from a study or can apply a theory not applied before to shed new insights on an important aspect of WAC. Or maybe you can draw on your experiences and thinking, while referring to published scholars, to help readers think in a new way about a WAC problem or untapped potential.  Any discipline-standard documentation style (MLA, APA, etc.) is acceptable, but please follow such guidelines carefully. For general inquiries, contact David Blakesley, the managing editor, via email ( Send informal proposals to Roy Andrews, editor, via email ( Submit manuscripts through Submittable at

The WAC Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed-blind journal published annually by Clemson University, Parlor Press, and the WAC Clearinghouse. It is available by subscription in print through Parlor Press at and online in open-access format at the WAC Clearinghouse via Articles are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Manuscripts should range from 5,000 to 10,000 words.

Mission Statement

KB Journal takes as its mission the exploration of what it means to be "Burkean." To this end, KB Journal publishes original scholarship that addresses, applies, extends, repurposes, or challenges the writings of Kenneth Burke, which include but are not limited to the major books and hundreds of articles by Burke, as well as the growing corpus of research material about Burke. It provides an outlet for integrating and critiquing the gamut of Burkean studies in communication, composition, English, gender, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and technical writing. In light of this, Kenneth Burke need not be the sole focus of a submission, but Burke should be integral to the structure of the argument.

Submission Guidelines

All scholarly approaches—historical, textual, empirical, pedagogical, performative—are welcome and encouraged. Each essay, hypertext, or other project submitted for possible publication will be anonymously reviewed by a minimum of two editors or experts from a particular area. Allowable formats include Word, RTF, or HTML. All article submissions should conform to the most recent style guide of the Modern Language Association (MLA, currently the 3rd edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publications), which covers all matters related to manuscript preparation not covered by KB Journal guidelines. Authors must use in-text citations and provide a reference or Works Cited page at the end of the essay. Authors may also include explanatory endnotes, though such notes should be kept to a minimum and should not be automatically embedded in the text using Word's note function (they will need to be extracted). Hypertext or other projects requiring multiple files may be submitted as a Zip file. All essays may run a maximum of 7,000 words (not including the Works Cited or other endmatter).

The submission form will ask you to include author's or authors’ name(s), professional affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number. No author-identifying information should appear in the corpus of the text itself. Each submission should include an abstract of no more than seventy-five words. Works submitted for review should not have appeared in any other published form. If any part of the submission has been presented at a colloquy, conference, or convention, the date and form of that presentation should be indicated in the submission notes. It is expected that such submissions will be substantially revised to make them suitable as journal article-length submissions.


KB Journal seeks reviews of recent books focused on Burke and his ideas. Reviews should run a maximum of 2,000 words and include the book title in MLA format at the beginning of the review. The journal also seeks review essays discussing at least three books and/or articles that share a common Burke-related focus. Review essays should discuss how these works forward, enhance, or challenge Burke studies. Reviews essays should run a maximum of 4,000 words and should include the titles in MLA format at the beginning of the review.

Parlor Press and Clemson University