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CELJ Awards Announced!

CELJ is delighted to announce our award winners for 2022. Awards were announced in person at MLA Convention 2023 in San Francisco.

Best New Journal

New journals with three years or fewer of publication history are eligible. Applicants must supply copies of two different issues, one of which must be the most current issue. Submissions should include a letter from the editor, no longer than one page, introducing the new journal.

2022, Winner: Journal of Autoethnography

We unanimously decided to offer the award to the Journal of Autoethnography. The jury agreed that it was a fantastic interjection into academic life by providing a venue with an intellectual frame of inquiry that is at once necessarily broad and yet effectively specific. The work presented in the journal cuts across disciplines, while retaining a focus on autoethnography” as a method, allowing for multiple identities, traditions, abilities, and interventions from the large scale to the small scale, and from the public to the personal. The jury also felt it was not only an exciting and accessible publication, but also a sustainable journal, especially as it had 400 manuscript submissions to start, and has multiple issues already.


2022, Honorable Mention: Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies

The jury also wishes to recognize Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies with an honorable mention. We were impressed with the journal’s thoughtful and important intervention at the intersection of several fields and its welcoming of contributions from diverse authors, including activists, artists, educators, and journalists. We believe that Alon offers an exciting model for open access publishing in ethnic and diasporic studies and congratulate the editorial staff on the choices they have made so far in regard to amplifying its distinguished mission and scope, as well as building partnerships with academic, arts, and community institutions, to launch this important journal.

Best Special Issue

A special issue from the previous Fall/Winter or current year may be submitted. The journal editor must include a paragraph in the cover letter explaining why the submitted special issue is exceptional. Submissions without the editor’s endorsement will not be considered. A journal may submit only one special issue for this award.

2022, Winner: “Vibrant Ecologies of Research,” the first special issue of Ground Works

The number and quality of submissions for the 2022 CELJ Best Special Issue Award was truly impressive, making adjudication both delightful and difficult. We were inspired by the range of topics and approaches. In making our decision, we considered the clarity of editorial vision, the significance of contribution, whether or not an issue was conceptually interesting beyond a single field, formal and methodological innovation, and evidence of collaborative engagement across individual contributions to the broader project of the issue. 

The award review committee found “Vibrant Ecologies of Research,” the first special issue of Ground Works, remarkable among a strong field of contenders. Ground Works is a relatively new online open-access journal that publishes peer-reviewed media-rich articles on research projects at the intersection of the arts and other fields. This special issue makes clear the importance of providing a generative space for work that does not fit in traditional disciplinary journals or galleries. The overall thematic concept and the ways in which it was presented was innovative and insightful.  Comprised of five peer-reviewed projects and three invited commentaries, the special issue presents an ‘ecological’ approach to understanding the nuanced interconnections of interdisciplinary research and practice, and the exciting scholarly possibilities of arts-integration. The committee was particularly taken with the interactive and dynamic aspects of the special issue, creative use of visual artifacts, and strong collection of individual articles and commentary.


2022, Honorable Mention: “Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of biography

The number and quality of submissions for the 2022 CELJ Best Special Issue Award was truly impressive, making adjudication both delightful and difficult. We were inspired by the range of topics and approaches. In making our decision, we considered the clarity of editorial vision, the significance of contribution, whether or not an issue was conceptually interesting beyond a single field, formal and methodological innovation, and evidence of collaborative engagement across individual contributions to the broader project of the issue. 

The award review committee recognizes “Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of biography on life narratives in the medium of comics, with an honorable mention. The decision to include different genres—both scholarly essays and original autobiographical comics—resulted in a multi-genre issue that compellingly explores the possibilities and concerns raised by living with (and/or alongside) illness and disability. The scope of the articles encompassed a broad but interrelated investigation into the topic, and the editor’s introduction effectively contextualized these articles in relation to the field of interdisciplinary medical humanities while making a persuasive argument about how comics “expose the subjective experiences of health and healthcare systems that may be difficult for both practitioners and patients to understand or explain in either verbal or visual language alone.” We appreciated the wholistic approach taken in developing the issue, with contributions being collectively workshopped as part of the process. Finally, the layout, typesetting, and graphics all contributed to an excellent reading experience.

Best Public Intellectual Special Issue

Contestants must reach out beyond academe and connect with a popular audience in terms of accessible language and attractive presentation. Submit an issue that seeks to achieve the democratic mission of higher education. The journal editor must include a paragraph in the cover letter explaining why the submitted special issue is exceptional. Submissions without the editor’s endorsement will not be considered. A journal may submit only one special issue for this award.

2022, Winner: “Political Mythologies,” a special issue of The Hedgehog Review

Our committee believes that "Political Mythologies,” the Spring 2022 issue of The Hedgehog Review, is worthy of the CELJ award for Best Public Intellectual Special Issue for the variety of perspectives it brings to a question being posed in academia and beyond: how “narratives give meaning to our civic lives.” Its axiomatic starting point—that the rationalist program has failed and that human beings need meaning—provokes timely reflections on the nature of political solidarity, and the essays it gathers on this topic establish a wide-ranging dialogue with the reader as well as with each other. From Popper and Plato to Morrison; from the figure of the swarm to the rise of neoimmanentism; from monuments to harm to the small town as a stage of intentionality; from the deep stories told by the betrayed to the silence of the abducted in the genre of oft-told captivity: these ideas spark thought among the specialist and those newer to the conversation. Supplemented by engaging images, these essays share valuable insight on an academic topic while raising deeper questions for a broad audience, thereby achieving the ideal of true public intellectual discourse.

Best Digital Feature

This award recognizes excellence and/or innovation that draws on the particular affordances of the digital. Journals may submit for consideration a single article, a recurrent feature, or a particular innovation of design from the award period; material may be drawn from all-digital journals, digital arms of hybrid journals, or supplementary digital features of print journals. Any material behind a subscription paywall must be made fully available to the judging panel.

2022, Winner: The Abusable Past by Radical History Review

The Abusable Past is a true digital companion to the Radical History Review journal in the best sense: it offers fresh content making great use of digital design in various genres that focus on the praxis of radical history. It considers important timely topics that link history to current events, as well as pedagogical resources, from diverse perspectives to include unconventional scholars, teachers, and activists.

Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial or Design Achievement

Journals that have launched an effort to revitalize or transform within the previous three years may submit. This award goes to the most improved journal, regardless of its state at the time the renovations began. A weak journal that has become excellent is eligible, but so too is an admired journal that manages to become dramatically better. Submissions must feature significant editorial and/or design change. Please submit the last issue before the launch of the revitalization or transformation and two different sample issues of the revitalized or transformed journal. Submissions should include a letter from the editor, no longer than one page, introducing the journal's changes.

2022, Winner: The Hopkins Review

The Hopkins Review has undertaken a major design overhaul that is visually stunning and inclusive of its locality. The new design opens the journal with an editor's note signed “Love, from Baltimore,” grounding its connection to community. The front cover features local artists with gallery space devoted to an explanation about the artwork and the artist. A new companion website complements the journal with a lively design and extra content that enhances the print journal. The design changes have brought this important arts journal into the social stream of twenty-first-century cultural connections.

Distinguished Editor

Any editor is eligible. The editor must be nominated by the new editor or by a member of the current or past editorial board. Supporting documentation may include any of the following: other letters of nomination by colleagues familiar with the editor's work; a brief CV in narrative format highlighting aspects of the editorship; selected sample issues of the journal illustrating key qualities of the editor's work; any other materials that can demonstrate the editor's influence on the journal's field of scholarship.

2022, Winner: Dr. Tina Chen, Associate Professor of English & Asian American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.

Founder and Editor of Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

The selection committee was very impressed by the extremely high quality of the candidates nominated for the 2022 Distinguished Editor Award. Even in a crowded and competitive field, however, Dr. Tina Chen was the committee’s unanimous choice. As the creator and driving force behind Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Dr. Chen has done much more than edit a journal: she has helped develop a new field of Global Asias scholarship, created an infrastructure for the maintenance of that field, and developed a host of innovative frameworks for collaborative work and productive disagreement. The committee was especially impressed by the conference series, the Summer Institutes, the live discussions, and the new book series that Dr. Chen has developed in tandem with the journal. The committee was also impressed by features such as the “Codex,” “A&Q,” and the “Field Trip,” which offer what one writer described as “low stakes” entrance points for generating conversation. Finally, we were struck by the consistency with which the letters mentioned Dr. Chen’s intense mentoring of graduate students and her close work with the editors of special issues. Dr. Chen’s work strikes us as exemplary of what a great editor can do in fostering the intellectual environment in which new ideas can flourish. 

Posted January 8, 2022

CELJ is happy to announce the winners of our 2021 Awards:

Distinguished Editor: Jean Lee Cole (American Periodicals)

Jean Lee Cole was the unanimous choice for the 2021 Distinguished Editor Award. As the long-time editor of American Periodicals, she made numerous substantive and productive changes to the journal’s operations that also had the effect of bringing more visibility to it. Cole also committed herself to using editorial work as a means to foster intellectual community, especially by making mentorship of younger scholars a regular part of the review process. In so doing, she also brought numerous and diverse voices into the three main activities of the journal’s enterprise, submissions, review, and publication. Her many Editors’ Notes alone represent a moving archive of reflection on the responsibilities entailed in the editorial labor she accomplished. In sum, Cole’s tireless work on American Periodicals and her efforts to make publishing more equitable and inclusive distinguish her as a committed and field-shaping editor richly deserving of this honor.

Phoenix Award: Victorian Literature and Culture

Victorian Literature and Culture (VLC) is the 2021 winner of the CELJ’s Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial or Design Achievement. The selection committee was impressed with the scale and scope of the journal’s undertaking. The new editorial team reimagined the journal’s design within both the interior and the cover, enhancing readability and underscoring the Victorian era’s richness and modernity. Among VLC’s innovations are new formats and recurring features including a special issue on “Keywords,” a section titled “Looking Backward,” and a cluster of essays under the heading “Defamiliarizations." The new focus of the journal's content emphasizes the twenty-first century relevance of Victorian studies, integrating the past and the present and pursuing fresh and critical approaches to a classic subject matter.

Best Special Issue: American Literary History (32.4), “Genealogies of Black Modernity,” edited by Gordon Hutner and Derrick Spires

We were struck by how effectively this issue wove the focused close readings in the articles into a wide-ranging rethinking of the terms “modernity” and “genealogy” with regard to literary history. We appreciated how well the issue demonstrates how a close reading of a particular text—especially ones only known, at this point, to specialists in a field (in this case 19th-century African American literature)—contributes to the important “big thinking” that happens collectively at the level of field. We especially liked that the issue included three distinct responses to the articles, helping to show different kinds of critical thinking that emerge from the collection as a whole. And both the review essay and the critical review of the 1619 project helped to extend the issues lines of thought into current academic and public engagements with Black history. We note the balance of early career and more established scholars in the group of contributors. All in all, we find that this issue presents a carefully integrated set of expert engagements with Black literary projects from the eighteenth century to the present. It not only introduces important new literary sites for considering how Black writing has helped to make and unmake hegemonic understandings of modernity, but also expands the parameters of “Black modernities” beyond conventional periodizations and national (or even “transatlantic”) formations.

Best Public Intellectual Special Issue: Journal of Asian American Studies (24.1), #Wetoo: a Reader, guest edited by erin Khuê Ninh and Shireen Roshanravan

“#Wetoo" fearlessly examines the prevalence of racialized sexual violence in and amongst Asian American communities, with attention to the interlocking systems of oppression that engender such violence. It remains accessible, approachable, even as is addresses complicated power relationships. Looking at a variety of expressive genre including poetry, fiction, memoir, and graphic novel, and utilizing a range of methods, including ethnographic narrative forms, it reaches out to a range of publics, including activists, students and scholars. Urgent, open, vulnerable and with a clarity of purpose, this issue truly embodies what the editors call “theory in the flesh.”

Best Digital Feature: CrossCurrents, "The Commons"

"The Commons" extends and expands the seventy-year mission of CrossCurrents, to present a general readership with peer-reviewed commentary on public religion. With a simple design and an emphasis on the visual, "The Commons" publishes timely pieces (such as responses to the Atlanta spa shootings or the January 6th insurrection). This contemporary extension of a decades-old outlet should offer other established journals a path to find more readers. The interface is visual, appealing, and intuitive. The content both links to the current journal and also expands beyond it, a synesthetic relationship that expands the journal’s impact and readership. "The Commons" features innovative, varied content, including perspectives contributed by artists, writers, and other creatives. The editorial team is extremely diverse, more so than most journal editorial boards. "The Commons" is innovative in both content and design. The multimodal design is engaging and aesthetically pleasing. The journal is unique in its publication of the work of artists, academics, and activists in a space that is still well organized and accessible.

Best New Journal: Global Perspectives

This is an ambitious new journal on an important, wide-ranging topic. With an impressively diverse editorial board, and a healthy number of section editors, each with their own advisory board, this journal’s structure seems to offer a balance of breadth and depth worthy of the name. The journal’s commitment to a new practice of the disciplines in the social sciences, one that refuses to replicate some of the old power structures of a century ago, is borne out in the innovative structure of an emerging scholars forum, where postdocs and assistant professors both contribute and participate in peer review of others. The articles vary in length and genre, including traditional research essays but also commentaries, interviews, and dialogues. The range of topics is timely and truly impressive  – Covid, remittances and migration, feminism, Indigeneity, race, neoliberalism, virtual reality and AI, etc. We hope that, as the journal develops, it extends beyond its current European leanings to cover more of the Global South. Global Perspectives focuses on timely and important issues and welcomes contributions from scholars across disciplines and cultures. The journal's welcoming design is crisp, easy to navigate, and provides the readers with a clear direction to content, contacts, and the submission process.

Honorable Mention: Ground Works

Ground Works offers the professional credentials of peer-review to truly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work, with a submission process that honors non-textual knowledge. The editors understand the difficulty of reviewing interdisciplinary work, especially when it includes the arts or when it brings together practitioners from non-adjacent fields. The online, open access journal is has an attractive, clean design with accessibility in mind.

Welcome New CELJ Board Members!

Posted December 1, 2021

CELJ is happy to announce our two new board members:

Vice President: Eugenia Zuroski (term ending January 2024)
Secretary: Sarah Salter (term ending January 2025)

In addition, following her previous term as Vice President, Debra Rae Cohen will assume the presidency of CELJ (term ending January 2024) and (Interim) Mentoring Coordinator Susan Tomlinson has agreed to continue in this position for the coming three-year cycle (term ending January 2025). 

Please welcome our new Board! We are grateful to have so many dedicated volunteers who have led this organization through thick and thin across the years, and we are excited by the possibilities that this new board will, no doubt, present to the membership. 

Nominations Now Being Accepted for CELJ Vice President and Secretary—Due Nov. 1, 2021

Posted October 21, 2021

CELJ will have two open positions on its board, beginning in January 2022, and we invite nominations (self- and otherwise) from CELJ members interested in serving the organization in this capacity.

Nominations are sought for Vice President and Secretary. 

The Vice President primarily oversees the awards process and serves for a two-year term that usually rolls over into the Presidency for another two-year term. The Secretary is primarily responsible for member communications and committee minutes and serves for a three-year term. These positions are supported by the Executive Director, as needed. More details about these positions, the required qualifications, and responsibilities are posted at the following links: 

Vice President:


Each person who is not self-nominated will be contacted to ensure their interest in running. All nominees will be asked to write a brief candidate statement that summarizes their interest in the position in relation to CELJ’s mission and values. The deadline for nominations is November 1. Candidate statements are due November 15

Voting will commence in early December and conclude before holiday/winter break so winners can be announced prior to MLA. (A winner need not attend MLA, as the positions do not start until the day after the MLA convention concludes.) 

For nominations (self- and others), please send the name and contact information to Janine Utell at by November 1. 

Those interested should feel free to contact the current holders of these positions. 

2020 CELJ Awards Winners Announced!

Posted January 9, 2021

At the 2021 Modern Language Association convention, CELJ Vice President Debra Rae Cohen presented the 2020 CELJ Awards to the following winners (with citations from the judges appended below each):

Distinguished Editor: Zong-qi Cai

Zong-qi Cai was the consensus choice for the 2020 Distinguished Editor Award. He has founded (or co-founded) two Duke University Press journals: Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (established in 2014) and PRISM: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature (established in 2018), serving as editor-in-chief of both. The global impact of Cai’s editorial work is signaled by his efforts to bridge the work of North American and Chinese sinologists. For example, he has consistently promoted and published English translations of key essays by Chinese scholars. Moreover, Cai is committed to publishing interdisciplinary work by early career and senior scholars that brings new theoretical perspectives to Chinese literature and culture. Additionally, in 2014 Cai resurrected a Chinese-language journal, the Lingnan Journal of Chinese Studies, which had been shuttered in 1952. In sum, Cai’s simultaneous work on three journals shows a deep commitment to editing.

Phoenix Award: Simone de Beauvoir Studies
Honorable Mention: Voice and Speech Review

In its editorial practices as well as its content, the newly relaunched Simone de Beauvoir Studies truly embodies the spirit of the Phoenix Award. Following a five-year hiatus, what had once been a mostly biennial, paper-only journal limited to a single-author scholarly society has been transformed into an open, hybrid publication reflecting the breadth and vigor of new scholarship around Simone de Beauvoir. The committee would also like to give an Honorable Mention to<<em>Voice and Speech Review>, whose editorial reboot can fairly be called a triumph. While the journal had long been important in its field and had attracted high-quality submissions, its impact was limited by backlog, irregular publication, and limited distribution and searchability. Under new leadership, the journal has been renewed, providing the field of voice and speech in the performing arts and media a crucial, revitalized venue for scholars and practitioners alike.

Best Special Issue: American Quarterly, vol. 71, no. 3, “Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas,” guest edited by Greta La Fleur and Kyla Schuller

“Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas” is likely to be of broad interest to academics working in a variety of fields and time periods. Focused on the early Americas, it addresses race, gender, and science in the context of humanities scholarship. The essays go beyond typical scholarship on the early Americas, including research that addresses the experiences of Native Americans, Blacks, and Asians. The special issue builds on important theoretical contributions by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Achille Mbembe. The editors and authors examine “differential valuations of life” in the early Americas, topics with particular resonance today. Another unique and important contribution of this special issue is that it posits a biopolitics from below and one situated in the early Americas, speaking from the margins instead of the center, and positing the emergence of these important ideas in an earlier era. By translating this body of theory from Europe to the colonies, the editors and authors shift previous theoretical engagement from nation to the larger geopolitical sphere. The special issue concludes with a Forum of shorter, experimental, more speculative pieces, including short essays that address archival issues. The committee was impressed by the theoretical sophistication of this issue, the importance of the contributions to the study of US history, and their potential to significantly shift discussion of biopolitics beyond the field of the early Americas. In conclusion, we found this issue of American Quarterly to be exceptional, setting the highest standards for scholarly excellence in its timely focus on biopolitics in the Americas, a topic of broad academic interest due to its relevance today.

Best Public Intellectual Special Issue: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 63, no. 1, special issue on CRISPR, guest edited by Neal Baer

We found the content of this issue compelling, challenging us (in a good way) through the depth and breadth of what each article argues about the role that gene editing can and will play in daily life. The essays in the issue impressively balance accessible public engagement with nuanced, carefully articulated insights into the ethical and philosophical issues around CRISPR technology. Through various complementary approaches, styles, and topics, and by grounding ethical questions and debates in discussions of timely examples from popular culture and media, the issue provides an entry point for a wide array of multidisciplinary and nonacademic readers. The introduction to this issue is remarkably substantial and meets the challenge of providing a cohesive framework for the wide-ranging and provocative pieces that follow.

Best Digital Feature (inaugural award): Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Meridians “On the Line” (co-winners)

Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform was cited for its innovations in digital publishing, including the use of multimedia. Judges commended the breathtaking array of content:  peer-reviewed articles from the print journal offered open access as well as peer-reviewed articles exclusive to Print Plus; and blogs and forums on specialized topics in modernist studies and on timely responses to our current moment through the lens of modernism. Print Plus was praised by judges for being innovative, sophisticated, and ambitious, and for fostering a variety of forms of user engagement particularly through the integration of the social annotation platform. Judges deemed Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform to be a model to which print scholarly journals with a digital component might aspire.

Meridians’s “On the Line” feature was cited for its simplicity of design and a streamlined, easily navigable user experience. The range of multimedia offered on the website—which complements the print journal—was commended for the ways in which it uses digital technology to give women of color a voice. “On the Line” was cited as a particularly effective example of a print journal using digital features to complement journal content and grow audience engagement. The feature’s collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit was praised by judges, as was its commitment to reaching new readers with urgently pressing content.

Best New Journal: Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture

This vibrant journal fills such an important gap among scholarly forums, focusing on ancient, colonial, modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx visual culture from a range of multi- and interdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives. The scholarship published in the journal engages "aesthetics, history and the culture of meaning" in intriguing ways and through accessible and rigorous examinations of representation across history, regions, cultural spheres, media, and impacts. The committee is especially impressed by the journal’s global reach and boundary-pushing dialogues.

Thank you to all our judges:

Cheryl Ball, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Christopher Bush, John Duvall, Nathan Grant, Emily Hipchen, Elizabeth Ho, Cassandra Laity, Victoria Mills, Ellen Rooney, J. Blake Scott, Milette Shamir, Susan Tomlinson, Gary Totten

CELJ now a Strategic Affiliate of Library Publishing Coalition

Posted December 7, 2020

CELJ joins a number of other esteemed organizations in becoming a Strategic Affiliate of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Being a Strategic Affiliate helps the organizations facilitate collaboration and provide open communication channels for their respective members. The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) extends the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise. LPC members comprise a robust network of libraries committed to enhancing, promoting, and exploring the growing discipline and practice of library publishing. The LPC holds an annual forum on library publishing that CELJ members may be interested in attending. If you have questions about this affiliation, please contact CELJ Executive Director, Cheryl E. Ball.

Board & Constitution Voting Results

Posted December 2019

CELJ is pleased to announce that Debra Rae Cohen has been elected as the next vice president of CELJ. Her term will begin immediately after the MLA Convention and continue for two years, after which she will rotate into the presidency for an additional two years. Cohen just finished a five-year term as co-editor of Modernism/modernity. Cohen notes that she is

particularly interested in seeing CELJ grapple meaningfully with some of the institutional challenges facing scholarly publishing today, whether in the form of open access initiatives, reduced university support, downsizing of academic publishers, pressures and benefits of digitality, or our own responsibilities vis-à-vis precarious labor. CELJ has long been devoted to mentoring, but I’d like to see that mentorship extended beyond the design of editors speaking with potential authors: we need to discuss and support editorship as an aspect of a scholarly career, and work to mentor our own potential replacements.

In addition to Cohen's election, CELJ is happy to report that the ratification of Janine Utell as CELJ's next secretary and Nora Gilbert as its mentoring coordinator was successful. Both editors began these positions, appointed by the current board, after last year's MLA convention, and each have a remaining two years in their position!

Finally, the votes to update CELJ's constitution to reflect corrected language for its institutional home were unanimously in favor of the change. Those amendments have been made to the constitution effective immediately and the change date noted on the Constitution page of the website.

Thank you to all of the CELJ members who voted in this election! We need your input and your support is invaluable for the excellent running of this organization.

2020 MLA Booth

Posted November 2019

It’s time to mail your sample journals, flyers, and other publication paraphernalia for display at the annual CELJ booth at MLA! 

Please send no more than 5 print journals and 25 of any printed promotional materials (e.g., brochures, flyers, postcards, stickers, etc.). If you are an electronic-only journal, please send us a one-slide Powerpoint file in a design of your choosing that we can put together into a slideshow featuring other e-journals. You are also welcome to send print promo materials as listed above.

Note that your materials will be repackaged for shipment to the MLA warehouse in advance of the conference. Please ship materials to the following address: 

Julie Warheit
c/o MLA Exhibit Booth
40 West Hancock Street
Detroit, MI 48201

All materials must arrive by December 9, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl or Julie at 

2018 CELJ Awards

Posted January 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 CELJ awards:

  • Distinguished Editor: Susan Green, Huntington Library Quarterly
  • Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement: Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora
  • Best New Journal: Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures
  • Best Special Issue: American Literature and Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Honorable Mention to Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Best Public Intellectual Special Issue: The Hedgehog Review 
  • Best Journal Design: Archives of Asian Art
  • Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement: Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
View previous award recipients.

2018 MLA Booth

Posted November 2017

It’s time to mail your sample journals, flyers, and other publication paraphernalia for display at the annual CELJ booth at MLA! 

Please send no more than 5 print journals and 30 of any printed promotional materials (e.g., brochures, flyers, postcards, stickers, etc.). If you are an electronic-only journal or have some e-only component to your venue, please send us a one-slide Powerpoint file in a design of your choosing that we can put together into a slideshow featuring other e-journals. You are also welcome to send print promo materials as listed above.

Note that your materials will be repackaged for shipment to the MLA warehouse in advance of the conference.

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl or her research assistant at 

2017 Constitutional Voting

Posted October 2017

Please review and vote on the proposed constitutional changes by November 1. You can access the new document and voting link here: The current Constitution is located under the "About" tab on the "Constitution" page. 

2017 CELJ Awards

Posted January 2018

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals is pleased to invite the participation of CELJ members (whether new or longstanding) in our Awards Competition. Final submissions are due September 11, 2017. For more information, visit our Awards page.

2016 CELJ Awards

Posted January 2017

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 CELJ awards:

  • Best New Journal: VERGE: Studies in Global Asias
  • Best Special Issue: American Quarterly
  • Best Journal Design: ASAP Journal
  • Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement: Nineteenth Century French Studies
  • Distinguished Editor: David Scott, Small Axe
  • Codex Award: Arethusa
  • Voyager Award: Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
View previous award recipients.

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