Submission Guidelines

The editor will consider original articles (5000-7000 words) on any aspect of children’s literature. Please submit your essay by email as an attached document, to: Tony Eaton

Attach a title page with the title, 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.

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 are indented. The citation appears below 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.