Research on Diversity in Youth Literature -submission deadline: July 1, 2018

Please help us publicize a new peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal, Research on Diversity in Youth LiteratureOur first issue, featuring #OwnVoices engagement with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s metaphor of mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors, will go live on June 1, 2018.

CFP for RDYL 1.2
Our second issue will be in two parts. For Part One, we welcome submissions from any discipline as they relate to our mission. Essays must be between 4,000-6,000 words, including footnotes and Works Cited, and use MLA 8.

Part Two is a special forum titled “Life, Death, and Activism In Youth Media and Culture,” guest edited by writer, emerging scholar, and RDYL advisory board member Breanna McDaniel. RDYL is committed to providing space for urgent conversations affecting underrepresented communities, and specifically communities disproportionately affected by violence. Therefore, we invite interviews and articles that address how children and adolescents activate to decenter, resist, and claim space within Black Lives Matter, March For Our Lives, gun violence, the school to prison pipeline, the new Jim Crow, etc. How do young people respond to and resist institutional or government violence? How do they enact multi-layered strategies of activism, protest, and change? How do young people maintain hope? We are especially interested in submissions from young people whose voices have been overlooked by mainstream media coverage. Pieces may be up 1,200 words (5-6 double-spaced pages).

Please submit complete essays by July 1, 2018.