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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Prior to submitting, please contact the journal manager, Kristine Moruzi, to obtain a login.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); paginated; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The editors will consider original articles (5000-7000 words) on any aspect of children’s literature. We welcome submission of research articles or critical reflections on creative writing and processes that explore creativity, the nature and processes of writing, or investigation of issues in writing for children and young people.  

Please submit your essay via the OJS site.  If you don't already have a login, please contact the journal manager, Kristine Moruzi, at

Attach a title page with the title, abstract of 250 words, name of author, address for correspondence, email address and phone number. The author’s name should appear only on the title page, not on the essay. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered. Please use double-spacing throughout. 

Please use Harvard style guide. We use the in-text style of referencing, with citations in the body of the essay. Endnotes appear at the end of the essay and before the Reference list. 

In-text citations  
In-text citations consist of the author’s family name and the year of publication. Page numbers should be included when the essay paraphrases or quotes directly from a source. A general reference to someone’s work or ideas also requires a citation. Single quotation marks are used, with double quotation marks when cited passages contain quotations. 

Example: Writing on advertisements in The Girl’s Own Paper, Michelle Smith observes that this periodical is a site where ‘several important intersections between gender and imperialism coexist’ (Smith 2011, p. 58). 

If the article discusses one text over a series of paragraphs, the first reference comprises a full citation but subsequent citations refer to page numbers only. 

Quotations of substantial length (40 words or more) are indented. The citation appears after the quotation: 

To construct in realistic fiction a character able to make sense of what is happening in her life a writer needs to endow that character with inner mental processes and with access to an other, and these needs have a major impact on the discourse of realism. (Stephens 1992, p. 260) 

The reference list comprises works cited in the essay. References are listed in alphabetical order by author. 

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