Although we generally welcome any or several theoretical considerations as long as
they can be applied to textual analysis and elucidation of black and
African writings, the
preferable critical approach must be descriptive and discursive rather than
the old penchant for journalese and opinionative criticisms. Please be
scholarly rather than ideological; text-practised as against pre- or
non-reading theoretic, your possible objective being the crystallization of
origins, hybrids, linkages, influences, divergences and such probable confluences in recent Black and
Reviews: Fiction, Poetry, Drama
Avoid advert euphoria in new or existing book / literature reviews.
Book reviews of not more than 1000–2000 words should be analytical and,
also, critical both geared towards useful bases for further research study.
Please indicate book prices, publishers contact addresses including URL if
Creative Works: Poetry, Short Fiction, Art (Images)
Limit poetry and art submissions to six poems /images (grayscale jpg) of
not more than twenty lines per poem. Poems of exceptional length may be
divided into parts which altogether must be no more than six parts to make
a complete entry. A short title and description should follow jpg image
Short Fiction/Biographical Entries
Short Fiction/Biographical Entries on writers should not exceed 3000 words
and for biographical information must contain previously unpublished
/additional information regarding the artiste-poet, novelist or
dramatist. A jpg image of the artiste is usually required for our website
Author and Book Information.
Review of Submissions will be ongoing from
till December of the issuing year.
is not a medium to publish your old conference, seminar papers and
dissertation extracts; therefore ensure that your topic subsists
within, or is in consonance with, the depositional areas of IRCALC
Contributors are always enjoined to first submit their proposals for assessment.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should expound a writer’s significance
in intended discourse, the objective being to illuminate
whole works of poetry, drama or prose rather than
aspects or single works. Please send in an Abstract of your suggested
writer of fiction, poetry and drama to
must be approved prior to submission of your draft essay.
As this is
not a live conference presentation, be impersonal and strive to
achieve objective distancing from your work. Avoid use of
derivative and informal phrases that might demean the
objectivity of your presentation. Frequent cases of “I", “My”, “My paper…”, “I mean…”, “I
define…”, “My argument…” etc., should be generally avoided Also do not
clutter your essay with repetitive statements of objective or intention.
We prefer that you state
directly the arguments in question and move into the general
exposition of your work.
abstract topic is approved, you may be forwarded some PDF extracts of previously
published materials relevant to your topic and you should use the
supplied content to update and improve upon your submitted manuscript.
Your initial submission therefore may not necessarily be your final draft.
draft essay to a maximum of 15 pages of Letter (8.5"x11) page size. Use
footnotes rather than endnotes in compliance with eBook formatting
precepts. Your paper
must not exceed the word count else it will be spilt or, at worse, rejected
- please note that the editors may not extend
you any further
their rejection of your submission.
essay title might seem to reflect the topic of discussion the editors
and publishers reserve
the right to make changes consonant with journal publishing history
and editorial ethic in the final draft.
Always review your
to ensure compliance with latest MLA before submission. The MLA 2009
should be your recommended citation format until otherwise announced.
in language other than English, a translation of the range of French
or African languages to English will be required.
Special Author Invitation program you are
welcome to electronic circulation of published materials
You may request for, or forward the editors, archival PDFs of
critical and other creative
publications. You may also
send electronic copies of new books and relevant journal publications to IRCALC editors for review