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Call for Papers

The Critical Editor™ (ISSN 2637-5176) is currently accepting submissions for its critical edition of Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge (1840-1841).

Published by Annotated – The Online Library of Annotated Editions, The Critical Editor is the first of its kind—a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the online publication of open-access critical editions of classic literature. While we are primarily interested in theoretically-informed and historically-grounded literary criticism on our editions' focal texts, we also accept submissions for each of the following:

  • Foreword

  • Author Chronology

  • A Biographical Sketch on the Author

  • Narrative Chronology

  • Discussion Questions/Writing Prompts

  • Annotated Manuscript Excerpts

Submission Guidelines: All submissions must be written in English and accompanied by the writer's CV. While we prefer previously unpublished work, we will consider high-caliber previously published submissions. Literary criticism papers should be no longer than 25 pages in length, include an abstract (not to exceed 300 words), and adhere to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th or 8th edition). 


If you are interested in contributing one of the other abovelisted components to an edition (such as the Author Chronology, Biographical Sketch, etc.), please email for specific instructions.


Please note that contributors to our editions retain the copyright to their accepted work, but grant The Critical Editor and Annotated the unlimited right to publish/reproduce that work in whole or in part.


To facilitate the blind review process, the author’s identifying information should appear only on the submission cover page. Submissions are reviewed by our editorial staff. Electronic submissions only. Submissions may be sent as DOC, DOCX, or PDF files by by accessing our website at or via email to

The deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2021.

If you would like to contribute to an edition of a work for which we are not currently soliciting contributions, please email us at to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!


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  • Pedagogical Aids

  • Sample Undergraduate Student Papers

  • Selected Bibliography

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