TSE Annual CFP for Volume 7

The editors of the Annual invite you to send us your contribution on any aspect of Eliot’s life and writing.

All critical approaches are welcome, as are essays pertaining to any aspect of Eliot’s work as a poet, critic, playwright, editor, foremost exemplar of modernism, or his influence on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture. Each volume of the Annual provides a selection of original, peer-reviewed essays (5,000-9,000 words) representing the best in current Eliot scholarship. In addition, the Annual publishes shorter research notes (2,500-4,000 words), book reviews, and a comprehensive bibliography of Eliot-related publications.

We accept rolling submissions; but for consideration in Volume 7, to be published in summer 2025, send us your piece before July 15, 2024. Please inquire if you are interested in writing a book review, as we plan these in advance.

The Annual has also regularly featured special forums that organize a set of articles around a unified topic or theme.  For Volume 7, the forum will be guest-edited by Patrick Query, around the theme of “The Eliot We Need.” In a time of extensive reevaluation of Eliot’s legacy, this forum invites research notes (up to 5,000 words) or longer essays on Eliot’s use: In what contemporary struggles could we enlist Eliot as an ally? In what contexts of cultural, social, or political debate can you imagine productively invoking Eliot’s words? Among his creative and critical works, what should we be reading right now? When you look out at the world, what do you think we need from Eliot? Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

The fascist creep;

The natural world, especially oceans and rivers;

Borders and migration;

Finances, markets, inequality, the global economy;

The idea of Europe;

The commodification of attention and identities;

Artificial Intelligence;

Education and the Humanities;

Wars new and old: Ukraine and Russia, Palestine and Israel;

Nationalisms religious and otherwise.

Submissions, inquiries, and book review suggestions can be sent directly to the editors at tseliot.studies.annual@gmail.com. If you are interested in consideration for the Special Forum, please use the subject line “Eliot We Need Forum Volume 7.”  

The journal’s Style Guide can be found here. Including an abstract at the initial submission stage is appreciated, though not required. 

The Annual is a joint production of the International T. S. Eliot Society and Clemson University Press in association with Liverpool University Press. Contributors will assign copyright to the publisher, Clemson University Press, and be subject to US copyright law. 

Members of the International T.S.Eliot Society will receive online access to the journal as part of their membership.

Code of Conduct

LUP is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. We therefore ask that all contributors and reviewers adhere to the COPE Core Practices.  More info can be found on the COPE website.

By John Whittier-Ferguson

John Whittier-Ferguson is Professor of English at the University of Michigan and is the current president of the International T. S. Eliot Society