Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CFP from the ChildLit GSA: Transformations in Children's and Young Adult Literature

The SDSU ChildLit GSA is very excited to announce our first CFP for the 2012-2013 academic year:
Call For Papers
Open to All SDSU Graduate Students 
Publication: Leafy Lofts: A Journal by and for Those Who Take Whimsy Seriously
Topic: Transformations in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2013
Contact: sdchildlitgrads@gmail.com

Leafy Lofts, the online journal founded by the ChildLit Graduate Student Association, will harness the creative identity of the SDSU graduate student body by showcasing their work. We are accepting submissions from graduate students in all disciplines who have projects related to the study of children’s literature or culture. Unconventional topics and approaches are encouraged; creative and quirky articles are given just as much merit as traditional scholarly articles.

The theme of the inaugural issue is Transformations in Children's and Young Adult Literature. Subjects may include but are not limited to stories of maturation, physical transformations, or the transformations of the genre itself (see topics below for suggestions). The potential organizational structure of the journal will include conference papers (past or present), reviews of scholarly books, articles on the visual elements of children's literature, and original artwork. Because of our opportunity of exposure to Chicano/a children’s literature, we particularly welcome any submissions on the topic of border identity.

Scholarly articles should be conference paper-length (between 7-10 pages, double-spaced, in MLA citation style); conference papers past and present are welcome. Book reviews should be about 2-3 pages, double-spaced. Articles about the visual elements and other informal articles have no page requirements.* Original artwork needs to be submitted in JPEG format.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
Analysis of children's movies
Portrayal of adolescence
Physical transformations into fantastical forms
Transformations of readers' minds
Sociological implications of the popularity of e-books for children
Contemporary interpretations of children's tales
Transformations of the child body
Changes in the genre and its reception
Monumental texts that changed the genre (past and present)
Transformation of fairy tales (retellings in various media)
Any other interpretation of "transformations"

Review Process:
The review process for submissions will include a double blind peer review. The final selections for publication will be based on recommendations from the peer reviewers and a committee from the ChildLit GSA. 

Submission Specifications:
Send your submissions to sdchildlitgrads@gmail.com
  1. State in the subject heading the type of work being submitted: scholarly article, book review, article on visual aspects, or original artwork
  2. In the body of the email, include your name, contact information, title of your work, and abstract (250 words max)
  3. All papers should be attached as a Word document (.doc or .docx). Include ONLY the title (do NOT include your name or contact information in the paper)
  4. All artwork should be attached as a JPEG. If the file size is too large to be sent via email, please contact us directly to arrange an alternative method of submission.

*Copyright Information: Please note that due to copyright laws, there may be images that we will not be able to reproduce; it is up to you to confirm, obtain, and provide us with proof of copyright permission. Otherwise, we can include legitimate links to artwork/images if provided.

Any Questions? Contact ChildLit GSA at sdchildlitgrads@gmail.com

ChildLit GSA website (still a work-in-progress): http://sdchildlitgsa.wordpress.com/

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