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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • UNPUBLISHED WORK: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • LANGUAGE: Essays be written in English, Spanish, French or German.
    (Other languages, especially Arabic, Chinese, Russian, may be accepted if we are able to meet editorial requirements in that language for the current issue.)
  • ABSTRACT: Include a one paragraph abstract (300 words max).
    If the submission is in a language other than English, provide a high quality English translation along with the original.
  • MLA STYLE: Essays should not exceed 20 pages or (approx. 6,500 words) and conform to to standard MLA Style guidelines. Works Cited and Endnotes (no footnotes) are complete properly formatted.
  • FILE FORMAT: Files will be submitted in DOCX (MS Word) format. No other formats will be accepted.  The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • PEER REVIEW: If submitting to the ESSAYS section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. (All personally identifying information has been removed from abstracts and uploaded documents.)
  • USER REGISTRATION: Names, academic affiliation, email and mailing addresses provide at registration are complete, accurate and current. This information will be kept current throughout the editing/publication process, as these will be the only means of communication between UFLR editors and the Author.

Author Guidelines

UFLR welcomes essays and original creative works responding to the annual topic that engage literary or cultural productions of any language, nationality, region or cultural group. We are receptive to a variety of subjects, whether general or specific, and to all scholarly methods and theoretical perspectives.  We urge our contributors to be sensitive to the social implications of language and to strive for a wording free of discriminatory tones.

The essays should have creative approaches to literary texts written in any language, or cultural productions such as film and theatre, new media or cultural events. The ideal Utah Foreign Language Review essay will addresses a significant issue relevant to the annual topic and engages the reader through a concise and clear presentation and with a solid theoretical grounding.

UFLR was founded with the idea that the traditional essay is only one of many modes of critical intellectual, artistic and cultural inquiry. Whether through poetry, short prose, or other printable modes, we invite artistic approaches to language and culture that creatively and deeply engage the annual topic. These portions are not peer reviewed, but selected by the section editors.

Our changing staff will dictate the languages we can competently review in any given year; thus, submissions will be accepted in any of the several languages we are able to competently review and edit that year. While our focus is to provide a peer-reviewed venue for graduate students, we invite submissions from scholars of all ranks.