Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted alongside an academic CV.

Articles should be 6,000-8,000 words in length, excluding notes and bibliography.

Book, film, television, and web reviews should be approximately 750 words.

Articles are to be submitted in UK English. For referencing, 49th Parallel uses the Chicago Manual of Style notes and bibliography system. Please visit http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html for more details. Articles which do not comply with this format will not be published.

All text based articles to be sent in Microsoft Word format, including endnotes and a bibliography. Text should be Times New Roman, size 12. The article title must be centred at the top of the first page, size 13, but not in bold or italicised.

Submissions should comply with the following:

  • The authors name should not appear within the article aside from references to relevant other works. This is in order to comply with our policy of anonymous peer-review.
  • All relevant illustrations, tables, audio-visual material must be submitted along with the manuscript.
  • When submitting by email, all illustrations and audio-visual material must be sent as a separate email.
  • Endnotes should be used instead of footnotes, and all article submissions must include a full bibliography.

Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not comply with the guidelines, or if they have been published elsewhere or are under consideration at another journal.

The Editors will provide confirmation of receipt and find a suitable peer reviewer. All Manuscripts are peer-reviewed anonymously. The Editors will contact the author with any suggested alterations, once an assessment of the submission has been received from reviewers. Articles returned to the editors with a status of 'major revisions' may be sent out for peer review a second time once the author believes s/he has addressed all of the peer reviewers concerns.

Once a Manuscript has been formally accepted, the Editors will send copyright forms that must be completed by the author and returned prior to the publication on the journal. More details will be provided.

The Editors' decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.


Please note that the editors will always send an email to confirm receipt of submissions -- therefore, if you don't receive an email confirmation, this means that the editors haven't received your submission.

To submit, contact the Editors at 49thParallel@bham.ac.uk

Alternatively via post at:

The Editors,
49th Parallel,
Department of American and Canadian Studies,
University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham.
B15 2TT
United Kingdom




Available for Review - Other Suggestions Welcome


Robin G Schulze, The Degenerate Muse: American Nature, Modernist Poetry and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene (Oxford UP USA, 2013)

Lisa M. Dolling, George Perkins Marsh: An American for all Seasons (College for Arts and Letters, 2013)

Paula Chakravartty, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime (John Hopkins UP, 2013)

Robert Cooke, Secession Winter: When the Union Fell Apart (John Hopkins UP, 2013)

Valerie Weaver-Zercher, Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels (John Hopkins UP, 2013)

Min Hyoung Song, The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American (Duke UP, 2013)

Nolan McCarthy, Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (Princeton UP, 2013)

Robert Ji-Song, Martin F. Manalansan, Anita Mannur, Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (NYU Press, 2013)

Judie Newman, Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction (Routledge, 2013)

Sandra Campbell, Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013)

Lawrence Buell, The Dream of the Great American Novel (Belknap Press, 2014)

Claire Connor, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right (Beacon Press, 2013)



If you would like to join our team of reviewers, please email the editors.