PLJ - Winter 2010 Press Release

posted Jan 1, 2011, 1:48 PM by Anna Faktorovich

Evidence and Judgment (First Anaphora Novel) Press Release

posted Jan 1, 2011, 1:46 PM by Anna Faktorovich

Call for Papers: Nineteenth Century British Literature, PLJ, Volume 2, Issue 2

posted Aug 13, 2010, 3:29 PM by Anna Faktorovich


Call for Papers: We are now accepting essays, book reviews, short stories, poetry and interviews from academics across the world for our fourth issue of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, “Nineteenth Century British Literature,” which will be published in January 2011 with Amazon CreateSpace. The page size is 8.5 X 5.5 inches, 12-point font, Times New Roman, MLA-style end-notes and Works Cited listings. The third issue of PLJ, “New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature,” is now on sale through Amazon, CreateSpace and other distribution channels. You can find more information about the journal at and It is recommended, but not required, that you purchase a copy of the journal if you are submitting work, to familiarize yourself with our formatting and content standards.


Special Issue Topic: “Nineteenth Century British Literature” is intended to be a general field of interest that should help the issue to be a unified entity, without making the focus too narrow. Any theoretical approach to any literary genre is welcome. The novel, political, historical and structural approaches are of particular interest, but all genres and approaches will be reviewed and considered. If you have an essay that is outside of this category, you are welcome to send it as well – we might have a “General Literary Criticism” section. In addition, the special topic only applies to critical essays. Thus, book reviews, interviews and other works can be drawn from researchers in any other fields.


Book Reviews: We also have a deal with a number of publishers, listed on our website, who are willing to send free books to reviewers who agree to write a 1,200-1,600 word reviews on the books. You should look through the listed publishers’ websites to choose one of their books for review. Contact the Editor, Anna Faktorovich to make an inquiry with the publisher. In your query send a copy of your C.V., the name of the publisher, information about the book you are interested in, information about why you want to review that specific book, and contact information for you – the mailing address is essential as that’s where the publisher will send the book. Your email will be forwarded to the publisher – so don’t leave anything out.


Initial Timeline:


1.      Writers submit their essays to PLJ by – October 30, 2010

2.      Reviewers submit reviews of essays to writers by – To be announced...

3.      Writers edit their essays according to reviewers suggestions by –

4.      The editor submits edits of works to writers by –

5.      Writers submit their edits based on my criticism by –

6.      The editor does final edits and finishes graphic design of online and printed versions by (book review copies will be sent out at this time) –

7.      Official Publication date – December 20, 2010

MLA Bibliography Fellowship and Brown University Library Fellowship

posted May 24, 2010, 5:50 PM by Anna Faktorovich

Dear Members of the PLJ Community:
I have great news. I have been awarded both the MLA Bibliography Fellowship and the Brown University Library Military Collection Fellowship. I also found a 12-credit summer job with the Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio. I am moving from PA to OH this Friday. We are not re-naming the journal. I might move pack to PA for a full-time job in the fall - I had an interview with a university. This means that I will have enough funds to finish the production of this Summer 2010 issue and probably the Winter 2010 issue. This Winter we might do a Conference issue as I will be in charge of 3 panels at SAMLA and 11 people are participating. Please send your ideas, if you have a good idea for a special issue. We might do 3 issues in 2010-2011. The Summer 2010 issue will be available through Amazon CreateSpace. I will send details in July-August when it will come out. Most of the editing has now been completed. Many thanks to all of the assistant editors and peer-reviewers that helped make this editing round a smooth one.
Anna Faktorovich, Editor

Microsoft Office Publisher 2007

posted Apr 20, 2010, 3:10 PM by Anna Faktorovich

We are going to use Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 to format the upcoming third issue, Summer 2010 for publication in print through Amazon CreateSpace. This will make the journal appear professional, without costing too much, or being too difficult to build. We might begin using InDesign for the next issue, but since the Editor, Anna Faktorovich, already has the 2007 Microsoft Suite, it is easier to build the journal with Publisher. Photoshop will be used to edit pictures. We will need images to decorate the journal - please do send your pictures if you have copyrights to them, and would like for them to be included. Many thanks to everybody who is helping with the continued progress of PLJ. Please do send your ideas if you can imagine how PLJ might be further improved. Cheers, Anna Faktorovich, Editor -

Publishers Will Send Free Books

posted Jan 24, 2010, 11:28 AM by Anna Faktorovich


We have some exciting news for authors. Several publishers have agreed to send free books for review to interested writers. Please read these guidelines in the "Review Guidelines" link closely, because it is very important that you understand the rules. The Summer 2010 Issue will be the first attempt at requesting books from publishers and it is especially important that all should go smoothly. The following publishers are participating:


Duke University

Columbia University

Palgrave Macmillan




Summer 2010 Call for Papers

posted Jan 1, 2010, 8:38 AM by Anna Faktorovich

The peer-reviewed Pennsylvania Literary Journal,, is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2010 Special Issue, “New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature.” In the 1980’s Stephen Greenblatt developed “New Historicism.” Despite H. Aram Veeser’s 1989 anthology, The New Historicism, and numerous other publications in this field, one is left puzzled about why a historical examination of literature is “new.” Essays should either strive to define new or old historicism, or should practice a historical evaluation of literature. If your work does not fit into this theme, you are also welcome to send a query on any other topic, as the quality of the work is important, rather than unity between the works. A few ideas follow to explain the topic: a biographic study of Shakespeare and his historic period; analysis of one of Alexander Dumas’s historic novels; an investigation of the historical accuracy of a novel about the Holocaust; or a criticism of a recent work that historicizes a current event. All genres and periods can be studied through a historic lens. Poetry and especially works that are tied to history are invited. For this third issue of the Journal, we hope to begin publishing book-reviews. Many of the publishers that displayed their books at the 2009 MLA Convention stated that they will send specific free books to writers for review if I make requests. If there are any books published by the major academic publishers in the last three years that you were hoping to read for your own research, please email a request to the editor, and it will be forwarded to the publisher. You should not send a request if you might not complete the review after the book is sent to you. We are recruiting additional peer-reviewers; just send an email with your willingness to participate. PLJ is available through EBSCO, listed on the MLA Periodicals Directory and is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. An article about this journal was published in D-Lib Magazine’s November/December 2009 issue. More good news is anticipated in the near-future as the journal will either begin to self-publish a printed issue, or will find a print-publisher to adapt it by the upcoming third issue. The preferred submission method is by email to You can also mail submissions to the Editor, Anna Faktorovich, 1800 Lisa Dr., #2, Indiana, PA 15701. The essays should be single-spaced, 5,000-10,000 words, not plagiarized, MLA style with Word-programmed notes (those that can be easily converted from footnotes to endnotes and backwards), with an abstract and an author’s biography, both under 200 words. If you are uncertain about which paper to submit or how to edit it for publication, do send a query with questions first. Be prepared for heavy editing, and only send work in if you can accept criticism and are willing to make necessary changes. The early deadline is March 20th, 2010, but submissions will be accepted as late as June, as the issue will be published in July, 2010.

We Joined the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

posted Jan 1, 2010, 8:34 AM by Anna Faktorovich

PLJ is now a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Peer-reviewers can join CELJ for $20, a discount-price, from the regular $45 membership fee for editors. This means that the Journal will be displayed at next year's MLA Convention in Los Angeles, in the CELJ exhibit booth. We also might solicit an ad-exchange from the editors that participate in CELJ, or their advice. Stay tuned for updates... 

Winter 2009 Issue Now Available

posted Dec 19, 2009, 4:47 PM by Anna Faktorovich   [ updated Dec 19, 2009, 4:50 PM ]

The Winter 2009 Issue of the journal is now available as a PDF and as HTML files. Click on the "Winter" hyperlink on the front page to access a table of contents list, and from there, click on the works you want to read. The next issue is titled, "New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature," but this title is likely to change as the UPenn listing is arranged.

D-Lib Magazine Article on Journal!

posted Nov 4, 2009, 11:38 AM by Anna Faktorovich

An "In Brief" article about the Journal by Anna Faktorovich, the Editor, will be published in the November/December Issue of the D-Lib Magazine. Go to their website,, and watch out for the new issue. What good news waits around the corner!?

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