Information for Authors

Author Guidelines

The length of submissions should be approximately 4,000 to 7,000 words, although the journal occasionally will publish shorter or longer pieces when the subject matter warrants. Please prepare all manuscripts consistent with the following guidelines, and download and include this cover sheet.

Doing so will facilitate anonymous, fair review, and efficient handling of your work. 

When you format your submission, please follow exactly the guidelines of the most current versions MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing and the MLA Style Guide.

  • Include an abstract (maximum 200 words) as part of the manuscript, following the title and preceding the body of your text.
  • Save your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format; please do not send PDF files. If you have special formatting needs, please consult the editors for advice.
  • Use Times New Roman font, 12-point type, and use double-spacing for text.
  • Add a running head (shortened title) with page numbers at the upper right corner.
  • Do not use boldface or other special typeface anywhere in the manuscript.
  • Follow guidelines in MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing for use of notes. Turn off auto note / numbering function and insert notes manually. Numbered notes should be placed as endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Center and use upper and lower case for main headings; secondary headings should be left-justified and use upper and lower case.
  • Double-check and cross-check all citations that appear in text and on the works cited page to ensure accuracy and correctly formatted citations.
  • Tables should be saved in the program in which they were produced; authors should indicate program type in their correspondence with the editors. Insert tables in the manuscript where appropriate
  • Submit images and line-art as image files in uncompressed TIF or JPG format and as separate files, at 300 dpi or higher. Additionally, include the images in the text where appropriate.
  • Seek and secure permissions for use of images that you did not create.
  • Remove all identifying information. Check your manuscript carefully prior to submission to insure that all comments, track changes and identifying properties have been deleted.  
  • Please clear the “properties” function so that your article is completely anonymous for the purpose of review.
  • Include the cover sheet.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines or that are missing the cover page will be returned to authors before review.

The editorial team will acknowledge articles as they are submitted. Before articles are sent to reviewers, the three co-editors read all articles. Our goal is to respond to authors with reviewers’ comments within six weeks.


WPA publishes reviews of books related to writing programs and their administration. Publishers are invited to send appropriate professional books to Courtney Adams Wooten, who will assign reviews.

Announcements and Calls

Relevant announcements and calls for papers will be published as space permits. Announcements should not exceed 500 words, and calls for proposals/participation should not exceed 1,000 words. Please include contact information and/or links for further information. Submission deadlines in calls should be no sooner than January 1 for the fall/winter issue and June 1 for the spring issue. Please e-mail your calls and announcements to and include the text in both the body of the message and as an MS Word attachment.

Author Rights

While CWPA journal authors must grant rights to CWPA necessary for the publication of their journal articles, individual authors retain full copyright to their published works, such as sharing their article as they wish. CWPA respectfully requests that authors share the PDF version of their article available on the CWPA website (as opposed to a draft), since this is the definitive published version with the necessary bibliographic information.

See the author agreement (attached below) for more information. 


Send submissions and queries to (incoming editors) Lori Ostergaard, Jim Nugent, and Jacob Babb at

Send Book Review queries to (incoming review editor) Courtney Adams Wooten at