Submissions Guidelines


Mississippi Quarterly welcomes contributions of original scholarship in the humanities and social sciences dealing with the US South broadly defined. Please allow four to six months for the review of your submission. The journal also publishes book reviews.

• Please submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word documents (*.docx or *.rtf format) via email attachment to the managing editor, Laura West ( with “MQ submission” in the subject line. Book review queries should go to the associate editor, Robert West (

• Submissions should be in the range of 6,000 to 8,000 words. Send a query to the managing editor regarding submissions (notes or essays) that fall outside of this range.

• Formatting
√ Clear all headers or footers, including page numbers.
√ Clear all section and page breaks.
√ Use one-inch margins and left justification.
√ Use Times New Roman, 12-point font for text, minimum of 10-point font for notes.
√ Double-space text and notes; single-space within Works Cited bibliographical entries and double-space between entries.
√ Use footnotes rather than endnotes, but keep them to a minimum. In notes, cite last name only for short references (e.g., See Rubin 234-38); full name on first mention in discursive notes is acceptable.
√ Use indented blocks for quotations that exceed three full lines.

Style Sheet

Please refer to the following guidelines as you prepare your manuscript. Compliance will expedite the review process and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Mississippi Quarterly uses a modified version of MLA style. For all matters not covered in the following style guidelines, refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Consult the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Online for guidance on spelling and usage.

• For all quotations and references, cite the best texts you can find—preferably a scholarly edition, a text from a publisher recognized for rigor (Library of America, Modern Library, etc.), or a first edition.

• Always cite original texts unless doing so is not possible. If you do use an indirect quotation, omit “qtd. in” from the parenthetical citation.

• Capitalization:
√ Use lower case when referring to regions (southern, northern, etc.)
√ Use lower case for broad regional literary-cultural and academic fields (southern literature, southern history, southern studies, etc.) and upper case for specific titles of fields or movements (Southern Gothic, New Southern Studies, etc.).
√ Do not use capitalization for black or white when referring to racial designations.

• Spacing:
√ Use one space between sentences.
√ Use one space between the dots in ellipses and between the ellipses and the text; no brackets for ellipses.

• Punctuation and Italics:
√ US and USA, not U.S. and U.S.A.
√ Use em dashes (—) for long dashes and en-dashes (–) for hyphens; no spacing between text and dashes.
√ Use smart quotation marks (“ ”).
√ Keep use of italics for emphasis to a minimum.

• Citations:
√ In Works Cited, list all edited collections or editions of an author’s work—including letters, previously uncollected works, new editions of standard works, etc.—under the author’s name, not under the editor’s or editors’; reference the work that way in the text of your essay.
√ Omit the designation “Print” from the end of bibliographic entries in Works Cited, but use the designation “Web” (rather than the URL) for electronic sources.
√ Check all bibliographical citations against their original sources for accuracy and consistency.
√ Check all quotations against their original sources for accuracy.

Note: The author is responsible for bibliographical and scholarly accuracy. Making sure that citations are correct will expedite the review process and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

• Miscellaneous:
√ Spell out centuries (nineteenth, twentieth, etc.).
√ Spell out numbers less than one hundred.
√ Use full numerical designations without apostrophes for decades (the 1930s, not the 30’s or the thirties).