Style Sheet

Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point font, with one-inch margins, left-justification only, and should follow the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd ed., with internal citations and a list of works cited. Articles that are not in MLA format will be returned.

• Essays should be approximately 20-25 pages long, 5000-8000 words
• Do not include any headers or footers in the manuscript file
• Avoid the use of quotation marks or italics for emphasis
• Use endnotes, not footnotes, and keep the notes to a minimum. Endnotes should be reserved for explanatory comments and supplementary information. Please DO NOT USE THE ENDNOTE FUNCTION in Microsoft Word; instead, type the notes in a separate section labeled “Notes” immediately following the last paragraph of your essay and just before your list of Works Cited. Mark notes consecutively with superscripted Arabic numbers.
• Following current MLA style, web sources should be indicated in the Works Cited by adding “Web” and the access date at the end of the citations
• Contributors are responsible for the accuracy of their articles including quotations and bibliographical citations, which should be checked against their original sources before articles are submitted
• Contributors are also responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions upon acceptance of the essay
• South, North (nouns) and southern, northern (adjective)
• Do not capitalize black and white when discussing race
• Do not use ellipses at the beginning or ending of quotations. Do not bracket ellipses except to indicate that quotes included both original and added ellipses, in which cases the source of each ellipsis must be made clear. If ellipses join two sentences, please use 4 periods (jump…. They).
• Use a comma before the last member of a series of three or more coordinate elements
• Use “which” for nonrestrictive phrases and clauses and “that” for restrictive phrases and clauses
• Use “such as” when giving examples and “like” when illustrating a similarity
• Use the possessive adjective “own” only when necessary for emphasis
• Citations:
—Interviews with Welty should be cited according to MLA to Welty, not the interviewer, and if collected in Prenshaw’s Conversations or More Conversations, cross referenced
—When possible, contributors should cite texts in The Library of America Complete Novels and Stories, Essays & Memoir, and Occasions: Selected Writings.

The following standard abbreviations are used in parenthetical citations. Texts not collected in these volumes are cited according to MLA format or by stipulated abbreviations.

Standard Abbreviations