The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

A Premier Humanities Research Journal at the University of California, Berkeley

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Call for Papers: Spring 2023 Issue

Deadline Extended: 11:59 PM PT, April 1st, 2023 

Submission form:

The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) welcomes submissions for its Spring 2023 issue. We invite papers from those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature, broadly construed. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary research across disciplines within the humanities
  • Research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism
  • Articles comparing at least two authors or texts

CLUJ provides undergraduate students from around the world the opportunity to publish and share their research with an international audience.  

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be between 16 and 60 pages in length, adhering to the most recent stylistic and bibliographic guidelines set by the Modern Language Association.
  • Each submission should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should state and explain the topic of the paper and the way in which it contributes and relates to comparative literature.
  • Submissions should be able to be categorized as research papers. As such, they should engage with literary criticism or critical theory in some faculty.
  • Papers must be clearly edited and proofread prior to submission.
  • All papers must have been written prior to graduation from an undergraduate degree program. NOTE: We understand that some universities have programs in which students go straight from secondary education to a five or six-year program. For authors enrolled in concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs lasting five or more years, our only requirement is that you not have completed the fourth year of that program when you write the paper.
  • Submissions must not have been previously published. We do not allow simultaneous submission.

Author Checklist:

Please refer to our author checklist before submitting your paper.

How to Submit:

We accept submissions via this form: Please make sure that your Google docs permissions are set accordingly. Manuscripts should include your article, your abstract, and the title of your paper. Additionally, this manuscript should be ready for blind review. As such, the author’s name and institutional affiliation should be redacted throughout the entire manuscript.

If you are unable to attach a Google Doc link to your submission, write EMAIL SUBMISSION in the form and email your submission to as a Word document. Please use the following naming convention for the subject line – [CLUJ] “TITLE” Last name, First name

For any further inquiries regarding submission or opportunities with the Journal, please contact