Call for Special Issue Proposals (Open Topic)

English Language Notes

English Language Notes (ELN) is a journal devoted to special topics in all fields of literary and cultural studies. ELN is published twice a year, in April and October.  Since its founding in 1963, English Language Notes, under the sponsorship of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has provided a respected forum for criticism and scholarship in every field of English studies to a broad audience of academics and general readers. It has been unique both in its breadth of audience and subject matter and in its emphasis on shorter articles of wider interest than typical scholarly writing. The journal is particularly determined to revive and reenergize its traditional commitment to shorter notes, roundtable discussions, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and transhistorical work and all forms of scholarly innovation.

Winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Phoenix Award in 2008, ELN has revamped its content to produce a unique forum for cutting-edge debate and exchange among leading figures in the field.  Beginning in Spring 2018, ELN is published by Duke Journals, in print form and online at Duke Journals website and Project Muse.

English Language Notes is accepting special issue proposals, beginning with the 60.2 (October 2022) issue.  Please include a rationale for the proposed topic, CV for each editor (if you are collaborating), and an overview of possible contributors and clusters, and send it to our Senior Editor, Nan Goodman at  Please also write with any questions.

Our journal is peer-reviewed and the production process at Duke UP requires that all deadlines be met. All special issues will be available through Project Muse, Duke UP Journals website, and in print.   All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the ELN editorial collective. For more information, see