Standard Submissions

ALS welcomes scholarly essays of between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length. We invite essays of literary scholarship not limited to Australian works and authors; we are interested in essays on the history and future of literary criticism within and outside the academy. Essays must have a strong sense of the significance of the research presented, and of the nature of the essay's intervention in the field.

Essays must not have been published previously, or be under consideration elsewhere.

Australian Literary Studies follows the current (eighth) edition of the MLA Handbook, using parenthetical documentation and a list of Works Cited. Where an essay makes extensive use of unpublished materials, it is preferable to use footnotes to reference this material.

Single inverted commas are used.

Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words.

In agreeing to publish an essay with ALS, the author grants ALS a perpetual licence to publish the work. This licence is exclusive for a six-month period from the date of publication, after which date republication is permitted on request to author and editor. Copyright in the intellectual content of the work remains with the author. ALS retains copyright in the formatting and appearance of the published paper.

Please submit your essays here. Kindly note that Word documents are preferred.

ALS PhD Essay Prize

Please view the flyer for further details.

EOI: ALS Book Reviews Project

ALS wants to broaden our pool of academics and critics willing to review new scholarly and non-fiction books about Australian literary cultures and/or by Australian authors/contributors. We publish single-book reviews of approximately 1000-2000 words. We are also interested in submissions of longer, peer-refereed review essays.

For emerging and early career scholars, the publication process of submitted reviews will include mentoring in academic publishing from our editorial team.

For reviews by unwaged, precariously employed, or HDR colleagues, we offer payment of $200 for published reviews.

ALS values diversity and is committed to broadening participation in Australian scholarly and literary cultures. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from academics and critics of diverse backgrounds. Please indicate your interest by completing the Google form found here.

CFP for an ALS Special Issue

‘Writing Disability in Australia’

Guest edited by Jessica White and Amanda Tink

While Australian literature has begun the work of engaging with writing by and about minoritised groups such as those who identify as Indigenous or as culturally and linguistically diverse, there has been much less engagement with disability. The impairments of authors such as Henry Lawson, who was deaf, or Les Murray, who had autism, are rarely acknowledged, while disabled characters such as Johnny in Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South exist not as a person but as a convenient prop through which other characters demonstrate their beliefs.

This special issue of ALS seeks to write back against these diminutions by critiquing representations of disability, drawing attention to writers with disability, and creating new directions in literary studies for research into disability in Australian literature.

Suggestions for topics include, but are not limited to:

  • disabled writers

  • disability and Indigeneity

  • disability and genre

  • how disability shapes textual forms

  • historical and contemporary representations of disability

  • disability and intersectionality (for example with race, gender, sexuality and class)

  • disability and urban or rural spaces

  • eco-crip (intersection of environmental humanities and disability studies)

  • disability and corporeality

  • disability and protest literature

  • disability and literary tropes (for example, the disfigured villain)

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 300 words and a brief biography to the issue editors (see email addresses below) by 30th July 2020, with papers of 6000-8000 words due by 31st January 2021. Scholars with disability are warmly encouraged to submit.

Please address any enquiries to Jessica White at and Amanda Tink at

(Kindly note that this Call for Papers has now closed; the ‘Writing Disability in Australia’ Special Issue is forthcoming in July 2021)