Submission Guidelines / Important Notice


Theoretical Considerations

Although we generally welcome any or several theoretical considerations as long applied to textual analyses and elucidation of black and African writings, the preferable critical approach must be descriptive and discursive rather than the old penchant for journalese and opinionated judgments. Please be scholarly rather than ideological; text-practised as against pre- or non-reading theoretic, your possible objective being the crystallization of origins, hybrids, linkages, influences, divergences and such probable confluences in recent Black and African writing.  

Reviews: Fiction, Poetry, Drama
Avoid advert euphoria in new or existing book / literature reviews. Book reviews of not more than 1000–2000 words should be analytical and, also, critical both geared towards useful bases for further research study. Please indicate book prices, publishers contact addresses including URL if available.

Creative Works: Poetry, Short Fiction, Art (Images)
Limit poetry and art submissions to six poems /images (grayscale jpg) of not more than twenty lines per poem. Poems of exceptional length may be divided into parts which altogether must be no more than six parts to make a complete entry. A short title and description should follow jpg image entries.

Short Fiction/Biographical Entries
Short Fiction/Biographical Entries on writers should not exceed 3000 words and for biographical information must contain previously unpublished /additional  information regarding the artiste-poet, novelist or dramatist. A jpg image of the artiste is usually required for our website Author and Book Information.


Open Deadline System:
Review of Submissions will be ongoing from January till July of the issuing year.


Important Notice

This is not a medium to publish old conference, seminar papers and dissertation extracts; therefore ensure that your topic subsists within or is in consonance with depositional areas of IRCALC interest.



Contributors are always enjoined to first submit their proposals for assessment. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should expound a writer’s significance in intended discourse, the objective being to illuminate whole works of poetry, drama or prose rather than aspects or single works. Please send in an Abstract of your suggested writer of fiction, poetry and drama to the editors here. Your abstract must be approved prior to submission of your draft essay.


As this is not live conference presentation, you must be impersonal and strive at objective distancing from your work. We do not welcome the use of derivative and informal phrases that might demean the objectivity of your presentation. Frequent cases of “I", “My”, “My paper…”, “I mean…”, “I define…”, “My argument…” etc., should be strictly avoided. Use the collective "we" and "our" in their stead. Also do not clutter your essay with repetitive statements of objective or intention. We prefer that you state directly the arguments in question and move into your exposition of the work in question.


If your abstract topic is approved, you may be forwarded some PDF extracts of previously published materials relevant to your topic and you should use the supplied content to update and improve upon your submitted manuscript. Your initial submission therefore may not necessarily be your final draft.


Limit your draft essay to a maximum of 15 pages of Letter (8.5"x11) page size. Use footnotes rather than endnotes. In compliance with eBook formatting precepts automatic numbering, bullets and other formatting are not allowed. Your paper must not exceed the word count else it will be spilt or, at worse, rejected - please note that the editors may not extend you any further courtesy of explanation regarding their rejection of your submission.


Although your essay title might seem to reflect the topic of discussion the editors and publishers reserve the right to make changes consonant with journal publishing history and editorial ethic in the final and subsequent Critical issues.


Always review your Works Cited to ensure compliance with latest MLA before submission. The MLA 2009 should be your recommended citation format until otherwise announced.


If submitting in language other than English, a translation of the range of French or African languages to English will be required. You may request for, or forward the editors, archival PDFs and other eContent releases of critical and other creative publications. You may also send electronic copies of new books and relevant journal publications to IRCALC editors for review purposes.

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