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Mississippi Quarterly welcomes contributions of original works in the humanities and the social sciences dealing with the South. E-mail files (Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect) to lew86@msstate.edu with an appropriate subject line. Submissions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length; please send an inquiry if you wish to submit a piece that falls outside of this range. Please do not use document formatting features extensively. Please, no simultaneous submissions. We ask that you allow four to six months for our editors and volunteer reviewers to complete a review of your essay.

Style sheet for authors

Please refer to the following guidelines as you prepare your manuscript.

  1. Use the MLA Handbook, latest edition, for most matters of usage and citation.
  2. Cite the best texts for all of your quotations and references: a scholarly edition, a responsibly-edited edition (such as those in or derived from the Library of America, for example), or a first edition.
  3. Always cite original texts unless absolutely impossible to do so.
  4. Reduce passive voice and all “to be” constructions to an absolute minimum.
  5. Capitalize South, Southern, North, Northern, when your reference is to these geographic areas as political or ideological units.
  6. Do not capitalize black or white when discussing race; do capitalize Negro and Caucasian.
  7. Avoid, when possible, interpolating words into quotations, especially at the beginning of passages. For example: it “is not possible,” rather than “[it] is not possible.”
  8. Do not begin or end quotations with ellipses.
  9. Space between ellipsis dots and between the dots and the text on both sides of the ellipsis, except at the end of sentences when you should have four dots instead of three. In that case, close the first dot up to the final word of your quotation.
  10. Use US and USA, not U.S. and U.S.A.
  11. Use full one-em dashes, and close up dashes to the text on both sides.
  12. Use footnotes, not endnotes.
  13. In Works Cited, list all edited collections or editions of an author’s work-letters, previously uncollected fugitive pieces, new editions of standard works, etc.-under the author’s name, not under the editor’s or editors’, and refer to the work that way in the text of your essay.
  14. Italicize rather than underline, and do not overuse italics for emphasis in your own prose.
  15. Write eighteenth and nineteenth, etc., not 18th and 19th.
  16. Read text and notes carefully and correct mistakes of any sort, no matter how large or small.
  17. Check all bibliographical citations against their original sources for accuracy and consistency.
  18. Check all quotations against their original sources for accuracy. Bibliographical and scholarly accuracy are YOUR responsibility. We will do what we can, but we must rely on you to make sure that everything is correct.
  19. Please respond to queries, make necessary revisions, and supply necessary information, then create a revised document and send it to us as an attachment.
  20. It is YOUR responsibility to obtain necessary permissions-from authors, archives, libraries, AND holders of copyright-for publication of unpublished and of whatever published materials require permission. We will not proceed to publication unless we have written permissions here in the file.
  21. FAULKNERIANS:Essays on Faulkner or essays that refer to Faulkner should cite the texts listed at the end of each issue of The Faulkner Journal.
  22. Please do not use the designation “Print” at the end of your Works Cited bibliographical entries for works actually printed. We feel that “Print” is still the default; note differences.
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