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Plath Profiles is an interdisciplinary journal that welcomes the submission of scholarly articles on the subject of Plath’s writings as well as art, poetry, book reviews, memoir, pedagogy, and student research relating to Plath’s work and life. Submissions may directly engage with Plath as a historical subject, literary giant, and contested site; may imitate Plath’s style and sensibilities to generate new writing; may utilize feminist, post-colonial, post-structural, and other strategies to analyze her work; or may propose a new path for Plath studies. Plath Profiles reviews unsolicited book reviews and is interested in covering as many Plath-related publications as possible.

For our next volume, Plath Profiles editors are especially interested in engagements with Plath and mysticism, such as her interest in the Tarot, readings of Plath as magician or witch, and other such investigations. Submissions of creative work may follow a similar path.

Our next volume will feature a special student essays section. Please encourage undergraduate and graduate writers to submit their work!


All submissions are peer reviewed and subject to editing with consent of the author(s).


Our response time is between 2-6 months. We release a new issue of Plath Profiles approximately once annually.


The Editors request the following stipulations:

  • Articles should have a maximum of 7000 words.
  • Creative work has a maximum of 5 pages for prose and 7 pages for poetry. No exceptions.
  • All articles must be submitted electronically via the Scholarworks/OJS website; save in Microsoft Word, single-spaced 12 point type, indents .25, no tabs, no unnecessary hard returns, name and title on every page.
  • Images and diagrams must be submitted separately, be fully credited, and have rights obtained in advance.
  • Include a short biography of no more than 50 words, included in the body of the file after the works cited list.
  • Poor formatting may result in the rejection of your submission.
  • Articles must include an abstract as part of the submission. For creative submissions please provide a brief description of the engagement with Plath’s oeuvre.
  • Articles must be fully referenced using MLA or CMS and cited with full and accurate footnotes. The responsibility for supplying and accurately presenting such information is the author’s alone. References must be from verifiable academic sources.
  • If an article is approved, it is the duty of the author to submit updates and revisions to their work by the agreed deadline, which is final.
  • The Editor and the Editorial Board reserve the right to withdraw articles and their approval for articles at any time and without prior notification. Their decision is final.
  • Quotations from Plath’s works must fall within the guidelines of ‘fair use’. For more information, please see http://www.copyright.gov/fl s/fl 102.html


If you are interested in becoming a reader for Plath Profiles, email us at PlathProfiles at Gmail dot com!

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.