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Like the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, from which it was generated, JFA welcomes papers on all aspects of the fantastic in English, American, French, Spanish, German and other national literatures, as well as interdisciplinary approaches including music, philosophy, sociology, psychology, political science, and religion. All papers are in English.

We prefer electronic submissions as attached files via email, in which case no hard copies are needed. However, we also accept submissions on disk; the disk should be accompanied by one hard copy. Please identify the wordprocessor used, in the email message or on the disk label. Acceptable formats are any of those routinely converted by Corel Wordperfect (AmiPro, ASCII, Excel, MS Word, Quattro Pro, Rich Text Format, WordStar, XyWrite).

The length of articles generally varies from 5,000-9,000 words and ranges from 20-30 pages. Our readers expect a more in-depth discussion than a conference-length paper; they also look for a grasp of current scholarship on the subject. Although the lengths mentioned above are flexible, they do allow sufficient space and time to discuss one’s topic.

Since the refereeing process is anonymous, the author's name should not appear anywhere on the text file itself, including the notes. No title page is needed. However, an abstract of 100-150 words should be included with each submission.

A secondary yet also important concern is format. Please ensure that all citations and the Works Cited entries are in current MLA style. Please do not use automatically generated notes; end notes (only) must be entered manually. A paper that doesn’t meet our printing parameters can take many hours to adjust. To avoid needless changes and delays, it is best to use our guidelines from the start. For complete guidelines, please request a copy of our style sheet.

Contributors are responsible for acquiring all permissions to quote and/or use illustrations that accompany their article, and for paying (or arranging to have their institutions pay) all usage fees, including copyright.

Submissions should be emailed, with a brief message, to Editor Brian Attebery  <>. Disks with one hard copy may be mailed to

Brian Attebery
Department of English and Philosophy
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8056
Pocatello, ID 83209-8056
telephone: (208) 282-2537

Book Reviews

JFA also publishes reviews of scholarly monographs addressing the fantastic, broadly construed. Reviews of fiction are limited to reissues of classic works with new introductions and scholarly apparatuses. Books received are advertised on the IAFA discussion list (which can be subscribed to through the IAFA homepage at, and IAFA members are encouraged to suggest titles for review.

Questions and suggestions may be addressed to Book Review Editor Jeffrey A. Weinstock at

To mail book copies for review, please send them to Jeffrey A. Weinstock, Central Michigan University, 205 Anspach Hall, 100 W. Preston Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.

For foreign language book reviews, contact Dale Knickerbocker at







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