The Mississippi Writers Page
Submission Guidelines

How to submit an article on an individual writer:

First, write to make sure the author you want to write an article about is available. Include with your query a brief description of your qualifications to write about that author (publication credits, academic papers, educational achievement, etc.). You may review a list of authors currently featured or scheduled for inclusion in our database on this page; this list includes writers for whom articles have been submitted as well as those for whom we have as yet not received a submission.

Note, however, that this list is not comprehensive and we are cognizant that many more writers who qualify as “Mississippi Writers” should be added to our database. If you would like to submit an article for a writer currently not listed, write first to explain why that writer should be included as a Mississippi writer. The criteria by which we determine whether a writer should be included in our database is detailed in Appendix A.

Completed article submissions should be sent to John B. Padgett, who administers the Mississippi Writers Page for the English Department. The preferred method for submission is by email, either as a text file (see special formatting instructions below) or an attached word processor document. We also will accept paper submissions sent via conventional mail to the department address listed below. Included in each submission should be a biographical/critical article about the writer, a comprehensive list of books by that writer, and as conditions warrant, a bibliography of biographical and critical resources, a list of media adaptations of the author’s work, and the titles and website addresses for Internet websites relevant to that writer. Also accompanying each submission should be a brief biographical statement about the article submitter. (The article writer’s signature will link to the biographical statement on our contributors’ page.) See the detailed instructions below for more specific descriptions of how to organize and complete your submission.

Submission Format:

The following is a general guideline to follow for article submissions in order to attain some level of consistency among the numerous writers presented on our web site. Not all of the options presented below are necessary or even desirable for all writers. As the author of your submission, it is up to you to determine the appropriate details to include. Likewise, you should decide how long the article should be, based on the author's literary, cultural, or historical significance, level of personal or professional achievement, critical acclaim, and other similar criteria. In general, a "minor" author would ordinarily warrant less than 500 words. Length is also determined, of course, by the availability of information about that writer. See Appendix B for a list of recommended source materials.

A complete entry for an individual writer should include all of the following, in this order:

  1. An article about the writer.
  2. A comprehensive list of books by the author, including place, name of publisher, and year of publication.
  3. A bibliography of additional biographical and/or critical resources pertaining to the author.
  4. Additional relevant information, such as media adaptations (for playwrights/screen writers), Internet web sites.
  1. A biographical/critical article on the writer. Length: 250-1000 words, depending upon writer's significance.
    1. The first paragraph should serve as a general introduction to the writer, summarizing one or several main points for which the writer is or should be recognized.
    2. As a rule, the article should follow a chronological sketch of the writer’s life, ordinarily beginning with the writer’s exact date of birth and birthplace, if known. Include also, as relevant, the following:
      1. Family information
      2. Geographical references: where the author has lived and/or worked (especially those in the state of Mississippi)
      3. Date of major publications and information about them, as relevant
      4. Significant honors and awards received by the author
      5. Major media adaptations (films, plays, etc.)
      6. Other life events significant to the writer or his/her writing
    3. Where possible or practicable, some indication of the critical regard for the writer should be given, either by selectively quoting major critical studies of the writer or by positing your own ideas in a reasonably objective manner. (This may not be the best place to posit your ground-breaking, revolutionary new critical approach to Writer “X.”)
  1. A comprehensive list of written works by the author, separated by genre and sorted chronologically by year. Use this format: Title of Work. Place: Publisher, Year.
    1. Dramatic Works
      1. Plays and other Stage Dramas
      2. Screenplays, Teleplays
    2. Fiction
      1. Novels
      2. Short Stories (Anthologies and/or individual publication information)
    3. Nonfiction
    4. Poetry
    5. Miscellaneous Publications. (Edited works, books of photography, etc.)
  1. A selective bibliography of print resources in MLA format, separated by type but otherwise alphabetical by author's last name:
    1. Biographical sources
    2. Book Reviews and Critical Studies
  1. Additional information relevant to the writer, such as the following:
    1. Media adaptations of the writer’s work, if applicable, including both primary works (such as those by playwrights, screenwriters, etc.) and adaptations by others.
    2. A listing of Internet resources on the writer, including title of web sites and the full web address (http://etc.).

Finally, some information is needed about the author of the article for our contributors' page. Articles are signed by the article author’s name, which in turn links to the brief bio on that author on the contributors’ page. Please try to be as brief as possible in your bio, but be sure to spell out any special qualifications you may possess as the author of the article.


Criteria for selection as a Mississippi writer:

We are not bound by the ordinary publication expenses of paper, printing, and overhead costs, and so our tendency is more toward inclusion than exclusion. However, because of the increase in recent years of individual web sites, vanity presses and other author-based publishing services, we have established some minimum criteria to determine who qualifies for inclusion in our writer listings.

The basic requirements to be included as a writer in the Mississippi Writers Page listings are as follows:

For living writers:

Writers and works recommended for inclusion in the writer listings who satisfy one but not all of these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



List of recommended source materials:

In addition to ordinary biographical and critical resources (published biographies, journal and magazine articles and interviews, etc.), the following resources may be helpful in gathering information.

Individual Books:


Formatting instructions for text files:

Article submissions sent as plain text via email will lose special formatting codes such as italics and boldface. We ask, therefore, that submitters indicate within text submissions the presence of italics (such as for the titles of books and movies) and, if present, boldface type using the following conventions.

For any other specialized formatting you wish to include in a text file submission, please indicate in your message what effect you are attempting to represent and how you indicate it in the text.

How to reach us:

Send inquiries to The Mississippi Writers Page at, or via conventional mail c/o The Department of English, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677.

Mississippi Writers Page Submission Guidelines
Revised January 2002

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