Arizona Quarterly publishes scholarly essays on American literature, culture and theory. It is our mission to subject these categories to debate, argument, interpretation, and contestation via critical readings of primary texts. We accept essays that are grounded in textual, formal, cultural, and theoretical examination of texts and situated with respect to current academic conversations whilst extending the boundaries thereof.

Guidelines for submission:

1. Recommended length is 6,000 to 10,000 words.

2. Follow MLA Handbook, 7th edition.

3. Include URLs for all web citations in the works cited.

4. Format all material—including quotations, notes, references, and poetry—as follows: single-sided, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font.

5. Write an abstract (50–150 words) on its own page.

6. Submissions can be either e-mailed or sent as a paper copy:

A. E-mailed copy: Attach as Word (or other word-processing) file with all identifying information removed. Use the body of the e-mail as a cover letter, including complete return address. Send to with the subject line “Submission: Surname, Short Title.”

B. Paper copy: Enclose cover letter with contact informa­tion, including e-mail address, and one copy of the article with all identifying information removed. Address manuscripts to Lynda Zwinger, Editor, Arizona Quarterly, 1731 E. Second St., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0014.

7. Photocopies of or low-res illustrations are acceptable for first review, but high-quality TIFF files should accompany the final manuscript. Arizona Quarterly, however, reserves the right to exclude any illustration.

8. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions.


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Arizona Quarterly makes no claims about factual accuracy of nor assumes responsibility for the opinions in the articles it publishes, and cannot be held legally responsible for any errors or omissions.