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About the Journal

Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in Western American literary studies. Always iconoclastic, WAL published some of the first essays on now celebrated writers such as D’Arcy McNickle, Wallace Stegner, and Terry Tempest Williams, critical essays by N. Scott Momaday and Rudolfo Anaya, and some of the earliest essays on ecocriticism.

The journal now focuses broadly on western culture. In addition to theoretical pieces based on cultural geography, new western history, and environmental writing, recent issues include essays on traditional western favorites such as Edward Abbey and John Muir, new western figures such as Cormac McCarthy, American Indian writers, and African American writers and filmmakers. A recent issue of WAL also focuses on the Hispanic Literary Recovery Project. We are constantly looking for new approaches to old writers, as well as work on new authors that serves to expand the canon of Western literature.


Submission Information for Western American Literature

Western American Literature publishes literary criticism and interdisciplinary work with a literary focus. Manuscripts on any aspect of the literature of the North American West are invited. We’re particularly interested in essays on multiculturalism and on the “New West.”

Except under unusual circumstances, WAL will not consider essays over 35 pages. Please do not submit an essay that is under consideration elsewhere or that has been previously published.

Put your name on the first, title page, only and veil any further references to your own work, if applicable, to assure anonymity with the readers. Please be sure to include your mailing address and phone number on the title page.

Please use endnotes, not footnotes, for substantive notes. Your manuscript should follow current MLA style and have a Works Cited list.

The journal will no longer provide illustrations to accompany articles; however you are welcome to provide illustrations that are pertinent to your essay. Images should be scanned at 350 dpi or higher and saved as a TIF or EPS file. It is your responsibility to obtain reprint permission for images, for both print and digital formats.

We are currently establishing a digital submission and peer-review system with the University of Nebraska Press. In the meantime, submissions should be emailed as an attachment to waljournal@gmail.com. Please use a version of MSWord, not .pdf or another word processing application. You do not need to mail a paper version.

EditorTom Lynch, Center for Great Plains Studies

Editorial AssistantMelissa Marsh, Center for Great Plains Studies



About the WLA

Founded in 1965, the Western Literature Association (WLA) is a non-profit, scholarly association that promotes the study of the diverse literature and cultures of the North American West, past and present.

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