The Durham English Review accepts submissions of two types of article: academic papers and book reviews. Academic papers should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words in length and address topics of general literary interest, from interpretative readings of individual texts to research into literary context. Papers may also exclusively approach topics of literary theory and philosophy. Book reviews should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length and should seek to situate academic books in relation to critical trends, sometimes ahead of their release to the general public.

Conditions of Submission

Submissions must have been written by undergraduates studying at an institution of higher education.  The journal will continue to consider articles sent in within five months of graduation.  All submissions should comply with the guidelines detailed in the MHRA Style Guide.  Potential submissions based on essays to be submitted as degree work may only be submitted once that assessment has been marked and the results finalised by the board of examiners or equivalent at the student's institution.  Any students found to be circumventing this rule will be barred from future submissions and their institutions notified formally.

Submissions Process

Articles proposed for the journal may be despatched at any time to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The editorial board may, however, decide to set submission deadlines for individual issues. Papers considered for publication will undergo a process of double blind review. That is to say, articles will be anonymised and sent to two reviewers, who will then accept, decline or offer suggestions for revision that, if performed, may result in an acceptance. Unfortunately, due to the restraints of time, no feedback can be guaranteed for articles that are declined - although every attempt will be made to accommodate this on request. The editors reserve the right to decline papers that are evidently unsuitable for any reason and at their discretion. Any submissions made by undergraduate members involved in the production of the journal will be anonymised, sent for review and assessed by the same criteria as all other submissions.

Article Copyright

Articles in this e-journal are, unless stated otherwise, copyright of the University of Durham. Copyright of papers reverts to their authors upon republication elsewhere (e.g. as a book or a thesis) with the exception that Durham University retains the right to use the original article as it sees fit.  Articles may be quoted, downloaded or printed freely for academic or non-profit-making purposes, providing due acknowledgment is made to authors or copyright holders, and to the Durham English Review.  A full-text may be used and/or reproduced and given to third parties in any format or any medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that:

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  • The full-text is not changed in any way

The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders.

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