Calls for Manuscripts

Upcoming Voices from the Middle Themes

Sept. 2020 Places and Spaces: Deadline Jan. 1, 2020
Dec. 2020 Judging a Book By Its Cover and Everything Else: Deadline Mar. 1, 2020
March 2021 I Used To …, But Now I … : Deadline June 1, 2020
May 2021 Mic Drop: Deadline Aug. 1, 2020


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Greetings from the editors
As former middle level English language arts teachers, we know well the joys and challenges of teaching middle level learners. We hope that Voices from the Middle will continue to serve you as a vibrant source of professional development, highlighting best practices in the craft of middle level teaching, pieces from middle grades and young adult authors, and even ideas, responses, and celebrations from the students we serve. We hope to do so with a growing attention to offering our readers interactive and multimodal content. We welcome your participation in growing YOUR journal in ways that make an impact on your students and your teaching.

—Sara Kajder (The University of Georgia) and Shelbie Witte (Oklahoma State University)

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September 2020 Places and Spaces How we design and set up our English language arts classrooms shapes much of how we build community, how we read and write alongside our students, and how the work we create together stretches into our communities and the world beyond our classroom walls. In this issue, we invite you to share those ideas and structures that have worked best in imagining and then creating your classrooms. What kinds of spaces do you set up to support the readers and writers? How do seating arrangements matter? How have your classroom spaces evolved and changed? How do digital tools impact how you and your students think about or frame a learning space? How do students co-construct your shared learning spaces? We mean for this to be a media-rich issue, so consider sharing photos that give us a view of your spaces and designs. Submission deadline: January 1, 2020


December 2020 Judging a Book By Its Cover and Everything Else: Teaching the Peritext and Epitext As teachers and librarians with a love of texts, we encourage our middle level students to critically engage with texts often, yet we encounter many students who intentionally bypass vital elements of the text itself, such as the text cover, table of contents, tables, preface, foreword, and author’s notes (the peritext). Additionally, epitexts such as book trailers, author interviews, text parodies, and remixes exist outside of the text itself but provide opportunities for teachers and librarians to include additional layers of meaning for their students. For this issue, we invite you to share the ways that these textual elements elevate the engagement and comprehension for your students. How are your approaches to the teaching of text enriched by comprehensive approaches to peritextual or epitextual elements? How do you encourage students to contribute their creativity to the creation of epitext? What can we learn about an author’s or publishers promotion of a text to influence our understanding as readers? Submission deadline: March 1, 2020


March 2021 I Used to …, But Now I … As teachers, we are continually learning new strategies, methods, and tools for teaching and learning middle level English language arts. And, in our professional learning, we often make discoveries leading us to re-think, re-imagine, and re-envision our curriculum—sometimes in radically different and new ways. For this issue, we invite you to follow the prompt “I used to ____, but now I _____” in an attempt to explore your learning and development as a teacher of the readers and writers with whom you work. How has your pedagogy grown and changed? What have you discovered and learned? Which methods and strategies have we most recently grown into as middle school English teachers? What does a career of learning require of us? Submission deadline: June 1, 2020


May 2021 Mic Drop In this final issue for our editorial team, we invite you to share the messages that need to be heard, the stories that need to be told, and the experiences that need to be understood but have not yet been. We invite you to say the hard things about the teaching and learning in the middle level that haven’t been said before or have been said but ignored. What shifts need to occur in order for your students to thrive or for you to succeed in the teaching profession? What innovative, extraordinary or radical ideas exist that need more attention by stakeholders? (pen name’s or pseudonyms accepted). Submission deadline: August 1, 2020