21st century writing | 21st century approaches





If you are interested in being an Alluvium contributor, we ask that you commit to writing three short, topical articles of around 2,000-2,500 words. Articles should outline an emerging trend, reflect upon current debates, or signal new directions for reading and thinking critically about literature. We encourage the use of visual aids such as images, frame-grabs, or video clips.


Please read the Notes for Contributors below before submitting any proposals or articles.





Alluvium | Notes for Contributors


How can I become an Alluvium contributor?

If you would like to become an Alluvium contributor, please contact the Commissioning Editor, Dr Caroline Edwards (caroline.edwards@alluvium-journal.org) and include your contact details, professional biography, an outline of the 3 articles you would like to propose, as well as a sample of your recently published writing.


What style should I write in?

Alluvium articles are intended as short academic articles that are dedicated to 21st-century writing as well as 21st-century approaches to the literary canon. We would encourage contributors to focus their articles around key issues and emerging trends in literature and literary criticism, and open up discussion through raising pertinent questions and encouraging (as well as answering/maintaining where necessary) discussion with readers through the site’s message boards, which accompany each article.


What does being an Alluvium contributor mean?

We ask that Alluvium contributors commit to writing 3 articles within a 15-month period. You can write these as discrete articles or choose to interrogate different aspects of a broader theme across the articles. If you would like to write more than 3 articles, we would be happy for you to commit to another 3-article contribution.


Will my articles be preserved for the future?

Yes. Alluvium is stored in the British Library’s ISSN electronic store as well as being catalogued in the UK Web Archive and the CLOCKSS scholarly archive service. This means that Alluvium articles are stored in a geographically distributed dark archive in research libraries all over the world, which ensures the long-term survival of all our content. Once catalogued on publication, your article will be assigned a unique DOI number that can be accessed for free, forever.



Please ensure that your article is around 2000 words in length.


Referencing Style

Please use the MLA citation style. Alluvium authors are encouraged to suggest hyperlinks within their articles rather than include footnotes. We are happy to include footnotes that are absolutely relevant to the article, but excessive footnoting can be time-consuming to edit and upload to the website.


Article Titles

We can only use short article titles as a result of the way in which our featured slider bar functions on Alluvium’s homepage. Please suggest short (3-4 word) titles for your article.



Alluvium is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and is stored in the British Library’s ISSN electronic store as well as being catalogued in the UK Web Archive and the CLOCKSS scholarly archive service. This means that we can only use images which are offered within Creative Commons-licensed content. If you would like to recommend any images, please ensure that they are CC-licensed or are images for which you have copyright permission. For this reason, the editors reserve the right to include, remove or modify images within articles. Please check our Copyright Position before including any suggested images. 



We strongly encourage Alluvium authors to include hyperlinks within their articles. Please suggest any links that you would like to be included at the end of your article – do not embed hyperlinks yourself. The editors reserve the right to include hyperlinks to appropriate sites, works or texts within articles.



We strongly encourage all Alluvium contributors to consider setting up a Twitter account if they are not already Twitter users. Increasing Alluvium’s readership depends upon engagement through social media like Facebook and Twitter, and we appreciate any links, retweets or mentions of your work and the journal to your followers. You can follow Alluvium on twitter and on facebook