New Jersey English Journal

Call for Submissions (2023 Issue)

New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, invites you to share submissions on the theme, “Reviving Engagement in ELA." This year, we ask writers to consider ways to revive both student and teacher engagement in English Language Arts. For students, what strategies and content can promote their love of learning and literacy? For teachers, what practices can schools adopt or abandon to reduce burnout, reignite passion, and attract and retain new educators?

We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (~1000-2000 words), as well as personal essays (~700-1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators. In addition to submissions that respond to the theme, we also welcome poetry on the topic of teaching.

We welcome single and co-authored submissions from both veteran and new teachers, and we especially invite new writers, pre-service teachers, and graduate students to develop submissions. Writers are urged to read past issues available at https://digitalcommons.montclair.edu/nj-english-journal/ to review past successful submissions.

We invite you to respond to the theme “Reviving Engagement in ELA” by considering such questions as:

  • What gets in the way of student engagement in today's P–12 and/or higher education ELA classrooms? How can we revive it for our students, and perhaps ourselves as well?
  • What do we need to change in ourselves as teachers to revive student engagement? What do we need to change for our students?
  • Which practices and policies help new, mid-career, and veteran educators to thrive in their ELA classrooms? Which do not?
  • How can schools, school leaders, and educators create more equitable, inclusive and inviting learning spaces?

Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, December 28, 2022, via https://digitalcommons.montclair.edu/nj-english-journal/. All submissions will be reviewed through a double-blind process by multiple peer reviewers. Submissions should not have been previously published or under review elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines for citations. All writing should appear in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and authors’ names and identifying information must be removed from all submissions. Send any queries to .