How to Submit

The John Updike Review is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published semiannually by the University of Cincinnati and The John Updike Society. The journal specializes in scholarship on the writings, life, and literary and cultural significance of John Updike.

The journal welcomes all critical approaches and publishes full-length articles as well as shorter notes, book reviews, bibliographical updates, and professional postings about conferences, calls for papers, scholarships, and other items of interest pertaining to Updike.

Electronic submissions, via Submission Manager, are preferred. To begin the submission process, simply complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Receipt of your manuscript will be acknowledged. Decisions take between 8 and 12 weeks. Submissions are reviewed by an editorial board comprised of Updike scholars and others knowledgeable on Updike and his writings. Work considered for publication is generally subjected to blind peer review by at least two outside readers and the editor.


1. The journal welcomes full-length essays, approximately 20 to 30 pages, or 5,000 to 7,500 words. The journal also considers shorter notes of approximately 10 pages, or 2,500 words or less.

2. A brief abstract of approximately 50 words should accompany each submission.

3. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to the current edition of The MLA Style Manual (parenthetical citation, discursive endnotes only, works cited).

4. Please provide author identification on a separate cover sheet.

Articles may also be submitted through regular mail. If regular mail is used, please submit 2 copies of the manuscript. If you would like the submission returned, please include a self-addressed return envelope with adequate postage. Individuals whose manuscripts are accepted must be able to provide a copy of the article in electronic format.

Hard copies of submissions should be addressed to:

Professor James Schiff
Editor, The John Updike Review
Department of English
248 McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221

Inquiries should be directed to:

Email: james.schiff {at} uc {dot} edu
Telephone: 513-556-0930

Submission Form: