Guidelines for Contributors

We welcome all scholars, professors, professionals, and teachers who have an investment in literatures by and about historically-marginalized communities in the United States. This blog cannot exist without its contributors, which we hope will comprise an ever-expanding group of individuals who are committed to understanding and exploring issues we face in the classroom and in the field writ large. The mission of the blog is to provide a free exchange of ideas on a continual and archived basis to help all of us with best practices in our field. MELUSblog is a site for questions, answers, opinions, challenges, and rigorous examinations of what we do and how we define ourselves in an ever-changing national discourse on race, diversity, marginalization, intersectionality, gender, sexuality, and more.

Posts may touch upon the following subjects of the field (i.e., the study and teaching of diverse literatures of the U.S.), though this is only a representative list:

  • Pedagogical practices
  • Suggested works for research, study, or teaching
  • Illuminating anecdotes about issues related to the field
  • Current issues relating to the field
  • Suggestions for course- or syllabus-building
  • Professional suggestions for navigating academia

Posts should be readable, engaging, and informative.

Unless you have already written your post in a burst of inspiration, we recommend that you send us a quick query, to melusblog@gmail.com or by using our contact page within the blog. Here is a sample:

Dear MELUSblog,

I would like to contribute a blog post on an experience I had in bring in members of local indigenous communities to speak to my students. I think your readers might find some value in it.

 Sincerely, . . .

As you can see, it need not be too lengthy or detailed. Just pitch us the idea and some context.

Audience
Topics may vary, but you should consider those working and studying in this field as your primary audience. It is a good first step to consider the general membership of MELUS to be the primary audience. Yet we also know there are a great many people who are interested in the same issues as MELUS members who may not be yet affiliated with the organization. When writing a blog post for MELUSblog, take these characteristics as a target audience member:

  • Someone with a passion or personal connection to marginalized communities in the U.S.
  • Someone who may identify from a marginalized community in the U.S.
  • Someone who teaches Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Someone who is a student reading diverse literatures of the United States

We discourage pieces with burdensome academic jargon or recalcitrant styles. We seek posts that aim to be engaging pieces, unencumbered by scholarly citations. Some pertinent links to essential sources, however, can add value to a post.

Keeping these things in mind will help you craft the best possible post for your audience. Also, take the time to read through some of the previously published posts to get a sense of what we are looking for.

Format Requirements
Length: 1,000-1,250 words
Please send submissions as Word documents only. Only light editing to correct typos will be applied to your piece. As should be clear, these posts are not considered to be peer-reviewed.

Images: If you have a specific image that you feel best captures your post, please send it along with your post, along with confirmation of permission to use the image and the photo credit information. If you provide no image, the editorial team will simply add a related book-cover or author image.

Please provide us with a headshot photo, byline, affiliation, and short bionote (50 words max)