The oldest independent periodical in the field, Composition Studies publishes original articles relevant to rhetoric and composition, including those that address teaching college writing; theorizing rhetoric and composing; administering writing programs; and, among other topics, preparing the field’s future teacher-scholars. All perspectives and topics of general interest to the profession are welcome. We also publish Course Designs—which contextualize, theorize, and reflect on the content and pedagogy of a course—for which detailed submission instructions are here. For those interested in submitting book reviews, please see this page. Cfps, announcements, and letters to the editor are most welcome.
Effective with 41.2, Composition Studies includes a new section called Composing With. This section puts emphasis on the journal’s key word, composition and its active variant—composing. The editor will invite practitioners in various arts and humanities disciplines to describe, in 800-1000 words, their experiences composing with things, rituals, materials, others, states of mind, feelings, memories, physical conditions, nonhuman actants, and environments, among other possible partners. Making conscious the interdisciplinary borrowing that pervades the field of Composition Studies, this section seeks to provoke questions regarding what those of us who teach, administer, and theorize writing might learn from broader discussions of composing. These submissions will be largely narrative, aiming to immerse readers in a particular experience rather than making a traditional academic argument.
Finally, CS will run an occasional section called Where We Are, which highlights where we are as a field on matters current and compelling. We bring together a small group of scholars at the forefront of a particular issue or practice, who together issue a progress report of sorts (each piece is approximately 800-1200 words).
Article manuscripts should be no more than 7,500 words and should be previously unpublished. Use current MLA guidelines for format and documentation (see this overview of 7th edition MLA or this more detailed explanation over at Purdue OWL). Submissions should be free of authors' names and other identifying markers, including metadata and institutional affiliation. We accept the following file formats: .doc, .docx, and .rtf.