An interdisciplinary journal, Reader encourages submissions in areas such as literature, reading research, gender studies, rhetoric, composition, visual representation, and cultural studies.

Please submit electronically to Patricia Donahue, Editor at and Bianca Falbo, Co-Editor at

Special Issue, Spring 2024:  How David Bartholomae Taught Us to Read

The Spring 2024 issue of Reader will be devoted to the work of Dave Bartholomae, a pioneer in Writing Studies, to whom so many of us owe so much. To be guest-edited by Peter Moe of Whitworth University, this issue will include numerous reflections of 1,000-5,000 words (although longer is possible upon inquiry and approval), focusing on Dave’s impact on one’s work as a reader, particularly in the classroom. We are looking, in particular, for essays written by his students––both those who have taken classes from him, but also people who became his students through reading his essays. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2023. Inquiries and submissions should be emailed to Bianca Falbo (, coeditor of Reader, Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042.

New Review Section

We are planning a new “Review” section, but from a reading slant. While we’ll consider reviews of new books about reading history, theory, and pedagogy, we’d also like to create a section on “Reading Texts In the Classroom.” This section will examine texts you have used to teach reading. Why did you assign it? For what purpose? What reading difficulties did it pose? How did it allow your students to undertake the work of reading—and of writing–in a more deliberate and self-aware way?  Just a few possibilities. Queries can be sent to Bianca at the address above.

Guidelines for Submissions

Manuscript Preparation: Submissions should be approximately 25-30 double-spaced, typed pages with one inch margins on all sides in a Microsoft Word document. Use bold for first-order headings; italic for second-order headings; and italic with text run on after a full point for third-order headings.

Also include a title page, containing the following information:

  1. Author name(s)
  2. Full title of the essay
  3. Author(s) contact details (include preferred mailing address, email, and telephone).

Style: Use MLA style, following the most recent guidelines of the MLA Handbook. Notes should appear as endnotes, not footnotes.

Review: Remove all identifying information from the body of the essay so that it can undergo the blind peer review process.

Submission Inquires

If you have any questions regarding the submission process or the status of your submission, please email Bianca Falbo.