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The incoming editors of College English seek proposals for special issues of the journal. These calls for proposals are detailed in the drop-down menu below.

All prospective authors should review Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors prior to submitting articles, reviews, or proposals to College English.

Questions? Contact with questions pertaining to these special issue calls for College English.

The incoming editors of College English seek three advanced PhD students to serve as assistant editors for a one-year term to begin August 2022. The assistant editors will work with the editorial team to perform citation checks, copyediting, and other tasks related to the production of the journal. They will be invited to attend meetings of the journal’s editorial board and occasional meetings with the editorial team. Because we are mindful of the other responsibilities that graduate students have at this early stage of their careers, the work of each assistant editor will not exceed five hours a month.

This is an unpaid position; however, it will provide three advanced graduate students with editorial experience, networking opportunities, and familiarity with the behind-the-scenes and decision-making processes of a top-tier journal in the field.

Applicants should be advanced doctoral students in English who have completed coursework in at least one area of the field: literature, composition-rhetoric, creative writing, linguistics, professional writing, English education, etc. We especially seek applications from graduate students researching at the intersections of English studies and social justice, from graduate students engaging with disability studies research, and from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ graduate students.

Please send a letter of application outlining your interest in this position, a current CV, and the contact information for one reference to

The deadline for applications is June 20, 2022. Applicants will be notified by July 20, and the position will begin on August 1, 2022, and run through July 31, 2023.

When we talk about that which will sustain and nurture our spiritual growth as a people, we must once again talk about the importance of community. For one of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.

—bell hooks
Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics, 1999 (p. 213)

The incoming editors of College English seek proposals for a special theme issue to be published in January 2023, “Building Communities of Resistance: bell hooks’ Life, Work, and Impact.” We invite authors to submit works examining hooks’ writing, activism, and pedagogy.

In addition to recognizing hooks’ powerful legacy, this theme issue seeks to examine her impact on individuals, programs, and communities within the field of English studies. In celebration of hooks’ work as an academic scholar and theorist, teacher, storyteller, poet, essayist, children’s book author, cultural critic, public intellectual, and activist, we encourage authors from across the discipline—literature, composition-rhetoric, linguistics, creative writing, English education, professional and technical writing, digital media, film, cultural studies, and so on—to contribute to this theme issue.

We are especially interested in works that address the transformative nature of hooks’ work and that recognize the university as a powerful site for “meaningful radical political work” (hooks, Talking Back 104). We seek submissions from a diverse range of English studies scholars examining how hooks’ work speaks to us as students, teachers, researchers, authors, individuals, and activists. Submissions to this theme issue might consider how we can achieve hooks’ vision of education as the practice of freedom, how her work can help us to dismantle structures of domination in our English departments, universities, and professional organizations—racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, classism, etc. Authors might consider submitting works that address how we can create courses and academic programs that are shaped by hope, love, “risk and daring” (Talking Back 151) or works that demonstrate how to build new sites of “critical resistance” (Yearning 3) in the academy.

We invite works that consider hooks’ research, theories, and practices, including her approach to:

  • Educational inequity
  • Intersectionality
  • Antiracist pedagogy
  • Black feminism
  • Social activism
  • Gender/sexuality
  • Race
  • Class
  • Homeplace/location
  • Transgressions
  • Embodiment
  • Memory
  • Poetry
  • Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Media representations
  • Literacy
  • History
  • Aesthetics
  • Language and power
  • Culture/cultural criticism

We are seeking:

  • Article-length works (7,500 words)
  • Autoethnographies or personal essays (2,000–4,000 words)
  • Retrospective or prospective analyses (2,000–4,000 words)
  • Bibliographic essays that trace a significant theory, idea, or approach throughout hooks’ work (2,000–4,000 words)
  • Personal reminisces (300 words)
  • Poems (100–500 words)
  • Black and white photomontages, line art, or other visual tributes to hooks and her legacy*

All submissions will undergo peer review prior to formal acceptance in this issue.

Proposals should identify the intended topic, focus, and genre of the submission and briefly describe the author’s method or approach. Proposals should be no longer than 500 words, exclusive of the bibliography. Please email proposals to with the subject line “bell hooks Issue.”

Publication Timeline

Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2022
Initial acceptances sent: March 15–20, 2022
Completed manuscripts due for peer review: June 1, 2022
Feedback sent to authors: July 1, 2022
Revised works due: October 1, 2022
Theme issue published: mid-January 2023

*contributors submitting artwork or other visual tributes will need to attain any necessary consents or rights for photos or other copyrighted materials.

All prospective authors should review Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors prior to submitting articles, reviews, or proposals to College English.


Contact with questions pertaining to this special issue of College English.

Special Issue Editors

The incoming editors of College English seek proposals for special issues of the journal to be guest edited by scholars in the field. While we welcome a full range of special issue proposals, we are especially interested in publishing guest-edited issues that invite diverse scholars, theories, research methods, practices, and perspectives, and that feature

  • innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship from faculty working across the discipline of English studies and/or
  • research and scholarship working at the intersection of college English and social justice and catalyzing the essential paradigmatic shifts already underway in the field.

We hope to publish at least two special issues between spring 2023 and spring 2024.

Proposals for special issues should include the following:

  1. The Proposal (1,500 words, including bibliography/works cited). An introduction to the topic and focus of the proposed special issue that includes a tentative title for the issue, an explanation of the need for the issue and the issue’s significance for College English readers (the kairos and context), a brief review of relevant literature or a short working bibliography, a list of genres or research methods that will be considered for the issue, and a discussion of how the proposed editorial team will work together to bring the issue to press.
  2. The Proposed Special Issue’s CFP. A good (in-process) draft of your proposed issue’s CFP (any length) and a short discussion (300 words) of how and where you intend to distribute the call so that you receive proposals from diverse scholars in the field. Note that your call should be broad enough to invite a range of exceptional submissions, but it should also be focused enough to demonstrate topic cohesion.
  3. Short, focused CVs for each member of the proposed editorial team. 2–4-page CVs focusing on each of the guest editors’ research in the area of the proposed special issue topic and editorial experience (if any).

Proposals should be emailed as a single attachment (.doc or .pdf) to Please use the email subject heading: Special Issue Proposal.

All special issue proposals will be evaluated by members of the new College English Editorial Board based on the editorial team’s demonstrated expertise in the proposed topic and the issue’s potential to

  • make an essential or significant contribution to the field of English studies;
  • advance our understanding of the topic;
  • engage College English readers;
  • demonstrate an innovative or well-researched approach to the topic;
  • feature a range of scholarly approaches and diverse voices in the field;
  • employ research methods and theories ethically;
  • engage ethically with sources as part of a productive scholarly conversation; and
  • represent diverse canons, epistemological foundations, and ways of knowing in the field.

While the guest editors will have full creative responsibility for the content of their special issue, they will confer with the journal’s editorial team to discuss their proposed CFP as well as the publication timeline and peer review and publication processes. The incoming editorial team will offer additional advice when requested and will be available to assist your team as you bring your special issue to press.

Proposal Timeline

Deadline for special issue team proposals: April 1, 2022

Proposals reviewed by the incoming CE Editorial Board: April 1–May 1, 2022

Decisions sent: May 15, 2022

Please reach out with any questions you have about your special issue proposal, the publication process, or the responsibilities of the journal’s editors and guest editors (

All prospective guest editors should review and commit to Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors prior to submitting their proposals.