For Contributors

In the tradition of its founding, Writing on the Edge believes new and varied forms of expression can yield fresh insights. We encourage experiment with forms besides the traditional academic journal article and invite scholars to approach their experience and research interests from new angles. We seek engaging, readable articles on writing and the teaching of writing.

We are interested in articles that investigate:

  • Creative writing pedagogy—both for its own sake and as it relates to the composition classroom, and the manner in which the threads of these disciplines might inform each other.

  • Identity and positionality—gender, sexual identity, race, the role of dominant culture, critical pedagogy in traditional institutions, etc.

  • Pedagogical theory, especially as it relates to classroom practices.

  • Politics of writing and education—funding, policy, economics, and community issues related to writing and writing instruction.

  • Veterans issues—challenges of teaching an increasing population of military veterans in our classes, including pedagogical, psychological, and political controversies.

  • Writing across culture—multicultural experiences and perspectives through writing; navigating and nurturing the cross-cultural classroom, domestically and abroad; second language instruction.

We also accept essays, case studies, journal articles, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, humor, parodies, drawings, and cartoons that make a serious point about writing or the teaching of writing; dialogues or debates on controversial issues in composition; interviews with established writers and writing teachers; multimodal and mixed work; and all forms in between. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces (35004500 words) that explore current, important questions in the field of writing studies.

We do not publish literary or rhetorical criticism, articles on primary and secondary education, book or textbook reviews, or articles that are primarily practical in nature, such as lesson plans or descriptions of new writing exercises. We do not publish IMRaD format but do accept original research if written in narrative style.

For information on how to submit, visit Submission Requirements.