Transnational Literature: Announcing our first Call for Papers.

Call For Papers

Submissions Portal

Transnational Literature is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal which was previously hosted at Flinders University. We are delighted to be issuing the first Call for Papers from its new home at the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE) at Bath Spa University. Our aim at the journal is to continue to offer a platform for creative writers, educators, scholars and researchers from a range of transnational traditions to showcase their very best work, with the intention that the journal fosters conversation and community.

“When reframed as a threshold, the transnational border is a site for making meaning: it is an imaginative space through which we can move back and forth from the known to the unknown, and from safe to surprising forms of expression.”
Professor Bambo Soyinka, TRACE

We define Transnational Literature as writing or literature whose themes:

  • cross borders through exploration of language, exchange, experience or migration;
  • move beyond nations, perhaps in the form of inter-cultural or cross-cultural encounters;
  • move beyond conventional modes of expression;
  • explore differences and points of connection between cultures;
  • highlight the transcultural within a nation or community;
  • highlight the global in the local;
  • explore the migrancy of ideas.

We accept both creative writing and scholarly articles on the themes above, including but not limited to: 

  • articles that explore literary stories of cross-cultural or intercultural encounters;
  • articles that explore the migrancy of ideas between groups or writing communities;
  • articles on the act of translation and/or the author-translator relationship;
  • creative work which engages with transnational themes, including fiction and poetry, fiction and poetry in translation, transnational responses to another’s work, transmedia or hybrid forms of creative writing;
  • life-writing, memoir or creative non-fiction which engages with transnational themes, originally written in English, or in translation.

    Special Interest: Transnational Literature in the Age of Covid-19
    We are particularly interested in transnational responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in the following forms: short stories, poetry, ficto-criticism, and scholarly articles focusing on pandemic literature. How has the current situation changed the ‘transnational’ landscape, and changed the way we live now? However, this is not a themed edition, so we will also be looking for material beyond this brief.

    Submission Guidelines
    Articles will be read by the editorial team, who will judge their readiness to be peer-reviewed. Articles put forward for peer-review may then be accepted, rejected or subject to revisions before being published. Creative work is expected to be of publishable standard at the point of submission, but will also be subject to an editorial process.

    Peer-Reviewed Articles: Articles should be between 4000-6000 words and written in English. Please include an abstract of about 200 words and 3 keywords. Please use MLA 8 Referencing. Please make a second submission in order to upload a 50 word biography.

    Creative Work: Creative work should be no more than 4000 words and written in English. We do not accept previously published works. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your work is subsequently accepted elsewhere. Please make a second submission in order to upload a 50 word biography.

    Book Reviews: For book reviews, in the first instance, please email with information about your title. 

    Submission Due Dates
    To be considered for our November 2020 issue:

    • Submissions of articles for peer-review must be submitted by 5pm (UK time) on 15th August 2020.
    • Submissions of creative work must be received by 5pm (UK time) on 1st Sept 2020. 

    To submit work, please go to our Submissions Portal.

    There is no charge to submit or publish work in Transnational Literature.
    We only accept works submitted through our submission portal.

    We will be allocating space in Issue 1 on a rolling-basis between now and 1st Sept, therefore we encourage early submissions. Articles which cannot be processed in time may be held back for subsequent editions. We will endeavour to respond to submissions within 2 months of receipt. 

    All work published in the journal is released under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND). 

    For further info or questions please email:   

    Past issues of Transnational Literature. 

    Editorial Team
    Executive editor: Bambo Soyinka
    General editor: Alice Healy
    Consulting editor: Gillian Dooley
    Series editor: Elen Caldecott
    Associate editor: Rita Horanyi
    Editor-At-Large: Melinda Graefe
    Poetry editor: Alison Flett
    Prose creative and life writing editor: Ruth Starke
    Translations editor: Md Rezaul Haque
    Book reviews editor, Adelaide: Piper Bell
    Book reviews editor, Bath: Sabrin Hasbun
    Engagement Manager: Joanna Nissel

    Transnational Literature is supported by GALA, TRACE, and JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, to whom we offer our thanks.

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    The first issue of Transnational Literature was published in November 2008 by the then-Flinders Humanities Research Centre, under the editorship of Dr Gillian Dooley.