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WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship welcomes clearly written, useful essays on all aspects of writing center theory, pedagogy, and writing center administration.

Before You Submit that File...

The editors have compiled the list of considerations below in order to help you prepare your manuscript for submission. Once you're ready to submit your manuscript, return to the manuscript submission page.

Consider Audience

Is your essay appropriate for WLN?

Successful essays will demonstrate some level of writing center experience, as opposed to theoretical programs, policies, or solutions that have been thought about but never tested in real writing center settings. On the other hand, essays that are predominantly focused on classroom theory and practice or other non-writing center topics may be more successful if sent to more appropriate journals.

Our readers turn to the WLN for insights and strategies they can consider in their scholarship and in their own centers, which can include highly varied programs at universities, colleges, high schools, and middle schools in the U.S. and writing centers in other countries.

Reflect on Scholarship

Does your essay offer new insights, experience, or research?

Essays that are primarily repeating what is already known are not appropriate for publication. WLN does not publish literature reviews at this time.

Does your essay offer some context or background of previous scholarship and what is known about the subject?

Just as there can be too much context, essays are not suitable for publication when they offer no clear awareness of the existing scholarship. If your essay acknowledges what others have written about a subject, please ensure that your citations are up-to-date with recent sources.

Does your essay avoid jargon that assumes readers are familiar with this specialized terminology?

Readers of WLN range from those new to the field to experienced directors. The goal of an author of an important article is to educate newcomers and add to the knowledge of experienced directors. As a general rule, WLN considers good ideas expressed in clear, straightforward language to be preferable to good ideas hidden under a layer of jargon that only a limited number of readers are familiar with.

Check the Manuscript Guidelines

Does your Works Cited conform to the 8th edition (2016) of the MLA Handbook?

Fixing errors, missing information in citations, and other problems are not the responsibility of the editors or reviewers. Authors who include careless errors or wrong or out-dated formatting that does not conform to the most recent MLA handbook diminish their own credibility as scholarly authors.

What kinds of submissions will NOT be considered?

* Unrevised conference presentations, course papers, or seminar papers

* Manuscripts under consideration for another publication

* Essays not clearly focused on writing center work

* Unsolicited reviews of books and resources

Is your essay less than 3,000 words or your Tutors' Column less than 1,500 words, including Works Cited and Notes?

Reviewers do not consider essays that are over the word limit. And please be aware that when you do a word count, many versions of Word's word-counting tool do not include notes in the total. If that applies to your word processing program, please count any notes separately and add them to the total. If you include graphics such as figures or tables, your word count should be lower to account for the space needed for graphics.

Tutors sending essays for the Tutors' Column are encouraged to discuss how to write successful essays for publication--not successful class papers--with their directors. These are two very different genres.

Consider Adding Your Voice

WLN invites submissions from newcomers, experienced scholars, and tutors from all over the globe. All voices are important in our collaborative world.

While WLN does not accept unsolicited book reviews, we invite suggestions for books you are interested in reviewing. We also welcome queries in advance about possible articles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can submit an essay to WLN?

Anyone who works in or is interested in writing center work can send in articles, and that includes (but is not limited to) directors and other administrators, professional staff, graduate students, and undergraduate tutors.

What happens once an essay is submitted to WLN?

When an essay arrives, it is read by one or more WLN editors. They decide whether or not an essay is appropriate for WLN, and, if so, if the piece is ready to be sent to a reviewer. The editors may occasionally make a request for revisions before sending an essay to a reviewer if they find it promising but in need of more development.

What does a reviewer do?

We ask our reviewers to do two things: 1) tell us if they believe an article or column is publishable, and 2) if they do believe it publishable (but not ready for publication), offer questions or suggestions to the author to help in the revision process (and it is the case that most submissions receive reviewer suggestions for revision). We encourage reviewers to respond within a month or so. Most of our reviewers are willing to read further drafts and offer further suggestions for revision.

Our reviews are blind reviews, meaning that neither the author nor the reviewer knows the other's identity unless they both agree to make their names known to each other.

Can I revise and resubmit an essay?

Unless the reviewer (or the editors) believe a piece is simply not appropriate for WLN or not publishable, we welcome revisions that are well thought-out and substantial enough to warrant another review. Authors will be advised whether or not we would be willing to see a significant revision resubmitted.

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