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Author Guidelines

Submissions: We accept submissions January 1st through April 1st. If your manuscript is not chosen to be published in the current issue, we may send a request to publish it in a future issue or to ask you to re-submit it if you wish to.

Issue Deadline: April 1, 2016

We anticipate a publish date of October 1, 2016.

*In order to submit a manuscript for review, you must register as an author by checking the box entitled "author" and may additionally check the "reader" box. Please do not check the "reviewer" box unless you have permission from the editor. 


For Academic Theory Essay  or TLA Article Submissions: We are looking for essays or articles that can add depth and research to the emerging field of TLA as an academic discipline, and can expand the theory behind why or how modes of TLA are effective.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 30 typewritten, 12 point font, single-spaced pages (not including reference list and tables). Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words. For style, either MLA or APA guidelines are acceptable, depending upon the main dicsipline of the paper.

For Narrative Account of TLA in Practice Submissions: We are looking for short narratives authored by those practicing a TLA modality. Examples of modalities can include running writing workshops with veterans, leading a community choir, or performing spoken word. TLA is larger than you think.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 15 pages, single-spaced in 12 point font, and should include a citation page/resource list.

For Creative Writing  with Accompanying Reflective Paper Submissions: We are looking for clear examples of how writing is a transformative process. To be more specific, it is not enough to write a great play. You must also write a reflective paper about the process you went through and its effect on personal or communal transformation in some way.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 15 pages of prose or one whole poem plus a 1-5 page reflection paper on the transformative process of writing the piece, as in how the process brought you to a place of greater understanding or what change you feel the piece could make in your community.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, found above.
  6. Upload manuscript by 11:59pm on deadline date.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


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Chrysalis is a project of the Transformative Language Arts Network.