For Contributors

In the tradition of its founding, Writing on the Edge believes that new and varied forms of expression can yield fresh insights.  We seek engaging, readable articles on writing and the teaching of writing, inviting scholars to approach their experience and research interests from new angles.  We are particularly interested in shorter pieces (3500-4500 words) in the form of interviews, essays, case studies, creative non-fiction articles, fiction, poetry, and cartoons that explore current,  important questions in the field of writing studies.

We are particularly interested in articles that investigate

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

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

  • Writing Across Culture—multicultural experiences and perspectives through writing;  navigating and nurturing the crosscultural classroom, domestically and abroad; second language instruction.

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

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

  • articles discussing pedagogical theory, especially as it relates to classroom practices.

  • dialogues or debates on controversial issues in composition.

  • interviews with established writers and writing teachers. (Query first if you wish to submit an interview.)

  • fiction, poetry, and imaginative nonfiction related to the teaching of writing.

  • humor, parodies, drawings, and cartoons that make a serious point about writing or the teaching of writing. 

We do not publish literary or rhetorical criticism, articles on primary and secondary education, articles that are primarily practical in nature, such as lesson plans or descriptions of new exercises, or book or textbook reviews, th.


Submission requirements

Manuscripts should be submitted via our online submission system (see link below). The contributor information page will request all contact information, so there is no longer a need to submit a separate title page. Do please include the title at the top of the first page of the manuscript.   Because submissions are blind-reviewed, no other identifying information should appear in the manuscript itself. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF, typed double-spaced, including headnotes, footnotes, and references. Authors should use MLA style of documentation. We prefer manuscripts that are less than 7000 words, but will make exceptions for articles of outstanding interest. Short articles are very welcome.  Please allow 3-4 months for review.

If you have questions or queries, email us  

Submit your article here.