Friday, 17 May 2013

Issue Three Call For Papers Announcement! Twenty-First Century Genre

So, at long last, here it is...the call for papers for Issue 2 of C21 Literature. We can exclusively reveal that the theme of our third issue will be twenty-first century genre - an area that will undoubtedly produce some interesting and inspired responses!

Authors should read the below call and submit FULL articles - not just abstracts! - by the deadline. We can't wait to read your work and look forward to posting exclusive news of commissioned articles on the blog later in 2013. 

Just as a reminder, we also encourage book reviews, conference reports and opinion pieces etc in response to the thematic call.


Genre has become an increasingly significant part of academic and popular criticism since the year 2000. From Steampunk to Crunch Lit, Young Adult to Nordic Noir, new genres have arisen to sustain fiction and popular culture markets in the new millennium. Issue three of C21 Literature asks if the politics of genre can offer insights into developments across the first thirteen years of the twenty-first century. If genre development is a process of evolution then how and where do these genres originate – and what are the intertextual and historical frames in which they operate? The journal calls for articles examining developments in genre across the twenty-first century. Topics may include:

• the history of literary genre
• multi-platformed genre developments
• new genres and authors
• cultural studies and genre
• politics and genre
• humour and genre
• academia and genre
• technology and genre
• popular culture and parody
• alternative histories
• old genres, new millennium

C21 Literature also seeks reviews, features and opinion pieces from academics, readers and writers and conference reports relating to twenty-first century genres.

Articles should be 6000–7000 words.

Reviews and conference reports should be 1000–2000 words. The journal uses the author/date Chicago style referencing system.

Full article submission, abstracts only will not be considered.

Please send all submissions, questions or enquiries to journal editor Dr Katy Shaw at

About The Journal
C21 Literature is an international peer reviewed journal that aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of 21-st century writings in English. It addresses a range of narratives in contemporary culture, from the novel, poem and play to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing. The journal features engaged theoretical pieces alongside new unpublished creative works and investigates the challenges that new media present to traditional categorizations of literary writing.