Essays | Articles

phati’tude Literary Magazine’s welcomes original, quality essays and articles from writers, academics and critics from all cultural backgrounds. The difference between essays and articles? Well, yes there is a distinction.

An essay usually develops some form of argument and therefore begins with an introduction, has a number of intermediary paragraphs in which the argument is developed and then arrives at a conclusion which is set out in the final paragraph. An article does not necessarily develop an argument or even display a point of view. It is simply a succinct way of imparting information. Because it is aimed at a readership which seeks to be informed rather than entertained, it has shorter paragraphs than an essay. In other words, it is more punchy. It is likely to contain links and references and while being neatly rounded off at the end, does not necessary present any conclusion.

In general, phati’tude Literary Magazine seeks essays and articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit that esteems the arguments of other writers on similar topics.

While we encourage submissions from members of the higher education community, we will only publish academic papers and formal manuscripts if they are truly engaging — written for a broader audience. Formal research papers with an overabundance of citations and a lack of engaging narrative are discouraged.We prize writing that informs and analyzes but does so in a highly readable manner. We encourage submissions that explore the compelling and often controversial issues that most deeply affect the literature and the literary community. We place a high value on fresh and surprising approaches to material that might otherwise seem commonplace.

Articles and essays are welcomed from all countries. All submissions must be in English.  Word count is 10,00-15,000 words

In general, we want essays and literary criticism that embodies erudition, generosity, curiosity, and discernment rather than self-involvement. Writers may refer to their own travails and successes if they do so modestly, in small proportion to other examples. We expect essays on craft to show exemplary close readings of a variety of contemporary and older works. Again, we look for a generosity of spirit–a general love and command of literature as well as an author’s expert viewpoint.

We seek essays and literary criticism that explains a work of fiction, poetry or drama; the work of a particular author or genre of literature, by means of interpretation, and expect the author to break the subject down into its component parts. The literary analysis should include the following elements: (1) thesis statement, (2) introduction, (3) the body of the essay and the importance of topic sentences, and (4) conclusion. The goal of a literary analysis (as with any other analysis) is to broaden and deepen readers’ understanding of literature. Any secondary sources must, of course, be documented. Also, direct quotes should be documented. Unlike secondary sources, a summary of a literary scene or event does not need documentation.

We are interested in articles on a wide range of topics, including new trends that engage with literary and cultural theory, concepts of period, genre, or style, problems of representation, and the relations between literary studies and other disciplines.

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MLA all the way and why we chose it

Authors should follow MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition (2009).  The editors have  chosen MLA Style Manual over The Chicago Manual of Style because it is most often used in the arts and the humanities, particularly in English studies, and other literary studies.  We like the fact that MLA style let’s you credit sources in parenthetical citations within the text, and the complete description of each source is listed in the “Works Cited” list.  For example: “The editors of phati’tude love it when writers submit manuscripts with well organized citations following MLA Style.  It is an added plus (David 121).”

On the other hand, The Chicago Style Manual uses two forms of citations: footnotes, where the citation is placed at the bottom of the page, and end notes, where the citations are placed at the end of the paper on a separate page. Following MLA Style allows us to “shy away” from using footnotes because they are difficult to manage when typesetting manuscripts.

We also shy away from old-fashioned abbreviations: ibid. (from the Latin ibidem meaning “in the same place”) and op. cit. (from the Latin opere citato meaning “in the work cited”).  We do not superscript end notes, rather, we use parenthesis, e.g. (1).

Our preferences are a work-in-progress and we hope to provide more detail with the publication of PLM Style Guidelines, which should be available in the near future.  In the meantime, please refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition (2009) as a guide.

We strongly encourage writers to become familiar with phati’tude Literary Magazine before submitting work to our editors. Submissions are read and chosen based on its originality, quality, clarity, persuasiveness, immediate relevance to our readers, and suitability to our editorial calendar.

As of January 2013, payment is one copy of phati’tude Literary Magazine and a PDF tear sheet of the manuscript.  Send all inquiries to editor [at]

Refer to our Submission Guidelines and Open Call Submission for further information.

Statement of fact and opinion in the articles, essays and interviews in phati’tude Literary Magazine are those of our respective authors and contributors and not of the editors of phatit’tude Literary Magazine. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this publication and phati’tude Literary Magazine or the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) cannot accept any legal responsibility for liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.

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