Early American Literature, published three times a year, is the journal of the Society of Early Americanists and of the MLA's Forum on Early American Literature. Its province is American literature through the early national period (about 1830). Founded in 1965, EAL invites work treating Native American traditional expressions, colonial Ibero-American literature from North America, colonial American Francophone writings, Dutch colonial, and German American colonial literature as well as writings in English from British America and the US.


Please click on the tab below to submit a manuscript to the journal. Note that you will need to create a Submittable account in order to submit an article to EAL.


For those interested in organizing a special issue for EAL, please read the Special Issue Guide before contacting the editor.


If you have questions about completing a submission for EAL, please contact EAL's editorial assistant at alex.gergely@uky.edu  or contact submittable's support team (support@submittable.com) for help with technical challenges.

EAL welcomes scholarship treating texts up to around 1830 that were composed in or treat the circumstances of life in North America.

All submissions must be in English, though they may treat works composed in Spanish, Dutch, German, French, Native American, or other languages.

Documentation should be in MLA format.

Authors must secure permissions for illustrations and quotations drawn from proprietary sources such as unpublished manuscripts or Native American heritage expressions. There is no set limit on the number of illustrations that may accompany an article. ​There are no set limits on images.  ​If you wish to use images, these are the requirements from UNC Press:

"Please provide images that are at least 5” wide, with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). Tif/TIFF files are preferred, with jpg/JPEG acceptable if that is the only format available from an archive or library. Please secure written permissions and provide a copy of permissions."

Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words in length with notes and citations. When preparing the manuscript, please omit your name and institutional affiliation from the body of your essay. Please check your essay to ensure that there are no identifying features in the document. 

Submissions are typically evaluated by one or more outside readers, a member of the editorial board, and the editor, and take approximately four months to process.


Early American Literature