Calls for Papers

Leon Edel Prize

The Leon Edel Prize will be awarded for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $300, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR. The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Please follow regular HJR guidelines as to format, and identify essays as submissions for the Leon Edel Prize. A brief curriculum vitae should be included. 

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Deadline: November 1, 2020.


Henry James and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Landscape

In the opening preface to the New York Edition of his fiction, James famously wrote: “Really, universally, relations stop nowhere, and the exquisite problem of the artist is eternally but to draw, by a geometry of his own, the circle in which they shall happily appear to do so. . . . The prime effect of so sustained a system, so prepared a surface, is to lead on and on; while the fascination of following resides, by the same token, in the presumability somewhere of a convenient, of a visibly-appointed stopping-place.”

James’s problem of the artist is also the problem of scholarship: Finding a “convenient . . . stopping-place” that also leads readers “on and on” in their own work and thinking too.

This forum issue of the Henry James Review seeks shorter studies/longer notes (1000 words) to longer articles (12,500 words) on such “stopping-place[s]”--topics related to Henry James’s literary biography, fiction, criticism, travel writing, plays--and their relation to the literary world in Britain, the United States, France, Italy, and/or elsewhere from shortly before James’s birth in 1843 to shortly after his death in 1916.

New approaches to Henry James biography, narrative, archival work, data collection, genre, readership/criticism, publication, or professionalism in relation to the nineteenth-century literary world are of special interest.

Contributions should be produced according to MLA style (8th edition) and sent electronically to

Please identify your manuscript as a Forum 2021 submission.

Deadline: March 1, 2021.