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Focus and Scope

C21 Literature aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of 21-st century writings in English. It addresses a range of narratives in contemporary culture, from the novel, poem and play to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing. The journal features engaged theoretical pieces alongside new unpublished creative works and investigates the challenges that new media present to traditional categorizations of literary writing.

Articles are encouraged from academics, contemporary writers, publishers and readers. The journal publishes articles on 21st-century writings as well as reviews, features and opinion pieces from academics, readers and writers in the field, papers, review papers, case studies, rapid communications (letters), conference reports, and calendars of events and provides a range of advertising opportunities for publishers and academic institutions.

The journal is supported by an interdisciplinary editorial board from North America, Europe and Pacific Rim under the direction of editor Dr Katy Shaw.


C21 Literature welcomes articles, book reviews, opinion pieces, case studies and conference reports. Articles addressing but not limited to the following themes are invited: 21st-century forms, genre and trends; The role of literary prizes and festivals; New authors; Adaptations and innovations; The rise of the eBook; Digital writings; Creative writings; Book Clubs. Articles should be 6000–7000 words and creative pieces 250–2000 words. The journal uses the author/date Chicago style referencing system. Please send all submissions, questions or enquiries to journal editor Dr Katy Shaw.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings was previously published by Gylphi Ltd. Volumes 1-3 are available here (subscription required):

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