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 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 Where an essay makes extensive use of unpublished materials, it is preferable to use footnotes to reference this material.
  • 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.