Watchung Review seeks scholarly articles, pedagogical reflections and strategies, creative work, and alternative scholarship that explore the roles, identities, purposes, and challenges of contemporary humanities. What do we mean by the humanities? How do the humanities fit into current forms of globalization? How can we best teach the humanities in contemporary composition and literature classrooms? We seek textual analyses, rhetorical analyses, broad readings of media and culture, pedagogic strategies, and creative work that address these questions.

Topics may include

  • where are the humanities today?
  • what does it mean to be a practicing humanist?
  • humanities in an age of austerity
  • how can we teach across the humanities?
  • contemporary humanities and current events
  • teaching the humanities in an inhumane age
  • STEM into STEAM
  • biography/memoir as living humanities
  • humanities and social anxieties
  • humanities in the composition classroom
  • globalization and the humanities
  • humanities and innovation
  • artistic renderings of the humanities
  • humanities study and professional studies
  • transdisciplinary perspectives
  • technology and the humanities
  • literary and cultural contexts
  • humanities institutes and centers
  • contemporary humanities in the literature classroom
  • politics and the humanities

Creative submissions of high-quality prose and poetry that imaginatively address the theme will also be accepted. Submissions cannot be previously published.

Scholarly articles should be 3,000–6,000 words in length, include an abstract of 300 words, and follow MLA format, using endnotes rather than footnotes. Book reviews should not exceed 2,500 words and follow MLA format. Poems should not exceed five pages. We will consider up to three poems at a time. Short stories and creative nonfiction should 2,500–5,000 words in length.

Please send inquiries and submissions to by 31 December 2018.