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Submissions for JASNA Journals

The Editor welcomes submissions for Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line that offer original insights into the writings of Jane Austen and the period in which she lived.

The reviewers on the Editorial Board look for clear and expressive writing that is appropriate for both academic and informed general readers. Articles should consider issues and concepts that will assist in our common goal of becoming better readers and interpreters of Austen’s works.

In recent years, the field of Austen scholarship has opened up the ways in which we understand Jane Austen's writing and the world of which she was a part. We use a process of blind review, and we welcome essays from emerging and established writers that explore Austen through a variety of perspectives, traditional and innovative, including, among others, race, ethnicity, gender identity and orientation, and social and economic status.

Requirements for Publication

  • Essays should be limited to 2000 to 3500 words; for papers presented at JASNA’s Annual General Meeting, the limit is 4000 words.
  • Titles of articles should be descriptive, allowing the person scanning the contents a glimpse into the gist of your paper.
  • The journals utilize American spelling and punctuation and follow the MLA Style Manual, with exceptions noted in the detailed Persuasions style sheet available on this site.
  • Email your paper as a .doc file to the Editor, Susan Allen Ford, Delta State University: sford@retiree.deltastate.edu.

Submission constitutes a representation by the author that the paper is an original, unpublished work, that it has not been submitted elsewhere, and that the author has secured permission to publish any copyrighted material, including illustrations.


Authors retain the copyright to their essays, but essays accepted for publication in a JASNA journal may not be reprinted elsewhere without the permission of JASNA and its journal Editor. If the paper is published in Persuasions, the author will receive three copies of the print journal.

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