About Modern Language Studies


About Modern Language Studies

Modern Language Studies was first published in February, 1971 by the Officers and Executive Council of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Its first Editor was Frederick M. Burelbach, Jr.

MLS appears twice a year, in the summer and winter, is divided into a number of sections:

Articles (6,000-10,000 words)
Articles should speak to the broad interests of the MLS subscribers. We are particularly interested in, and welcome submissions of, unpublished letters; annotated writers’ notebooks or other primary documents of literary historical interest; edited and annotated translations of poems, short stories, and plays by writers in literatures of the modern languages; and interviews with writers and artists.

Profession & Pedagogy (4,000-7,000 words)
Essays may address pedagogical theory, practical teaching strategies, faculty/student collaboration, curriculum development, information technology, small college/research university dynamics, interdisciplinary work, institutional politics, graduate and faculty unionization, part-time faculty, tenure and promotion, and other related topics. Creative non-fiction that explores and dramatizes similar terrain, and that observes and articulates what is at stake in these issues for people and communities, is also welcome.

Fiction & Poetry (up to 10,000 words)
We publish all types of short fiction and poetry. Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Please submit no more than one short story at a time. Multiple poems or groupings of short-short fictions should be submitted together in a single Word or PDF file. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, and submissions will be read year-round.

Reviews (2,000-5,000)
Reviews should be of significant, intriguing, or unusual primary and secondary source materials. These reviews will assess and underscore those materials’ importance either for various research profiles or for curricula and classroom syllabi. Of particular interest for this section are short reviews of scholarly editions, hypertext/internet literatures, visual culture, popular culture, and, of course, novels, short stories, poetry, plays, films, comic books, and creative non-fiction.

NeMLA Notes
Runs once a year in the Winter issue in advance of the Spring NeMLA convention. This section provides a forum for publicizing information, calls for papers, awards, and deadlines as well as items of general interest to the members.

Council of Editors of Learned Journals 2005 Phoenix Award Runner-Up for Significant Editorial Achievement