CFP: Manuscripts for the Journal Open Words

Open Words: Access and English Studies is a refereed journal dedicated to publishing articles focusing on pedagogical, political, and professional issues related to teaching composition, reading, ESL, creative writing, and literature to open admissions, at-risk, and non-mainstream student populations. We seek critical work in areas such as instructional strategies, cultural studies, critical theory, classroom materials, technological innovation, institutional critique, student services, program development, etc., that assist educators, administrators, and student support personnel who work with students in pedagogically difficult settings. Articles should consider the particularities of these settings—issues, for example, surrounding the identifier of “open access,” intersections of race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality, regional and cultural differences, and the range of competencies students bring with them to classrooms—in light of the aims of English studies to empower students’ critical and creative endeavors.

Open Words is both a print journal and an electronic journal. Starting in 2009, however, only the spring issue will come out in print, but both it and the fall issue will be available electronically on the Pearson website. We should have the final details on the URL soon.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send an electronic copy to both John Tassoni at and William Thelin at We are actively seeking articles for the fall, 2009 issue. We do accept manuscripts all year round, but for best consideration for this fall issue, please have manuscripts to us by January 15, 2009. Address all questions to William Thelin (330-972-7472).