Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal: Call for Papers | Young Adult Latinx Writing

Young Adult Latinx literature is experiencing a remarkable boom in the publishing world. Dozens of titles by new, young Latinx authors are being issued by mainstream New York presses, while several writers are achieving the highest prizes in the field. In 2018, Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X was awarded the National Book Award for Young People’s literature, while Erika Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter was a finalist. In 2019, Meg Medina won the John Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. What cultural and market forces accompany this boom? Why have some established writers like Benjamin Saenz switched to writing books for younger readers? How are these texts building a young Latinx readership and how do they depict intra-Latinx diversity, as well as other facets of identity such as race, class, gender, or sexual diversity?

Diálogo seeks research articles examining the phenomenon of Young Adult Latinx literature. We are interested in analyses of individual texts as well as larger issues involving publishing trends, marketing, or reception by reading communities. We are interested in articles about the contemporary boom as well as articles that focus on historical texts that may have been overlooked.

Potential topics include:

  • The use of Latinx vs. national identities
  • Representations of gender and sexuality, especially LGBTQIA+, gender-queer, and gender expansive identities
  • Popular genres, such as Latinx fantasy and science fiction
  • Representations of immigration and immigrants
  • AfroLatindad
  • Racialization and racial identity, multiracialism
  • Multilingualism / bilingualism / publishing in Spanish


Manuscripts: All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. Work may be submitted in Spanish or English, and Indigenous/Native language excerpts with translation to Spanish or English.

Author Anonymity: To maintain anonymity in the review process, please put names, affiliations, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and a preferred mailing address on Title Page. Citations to an author’s own works should be made in a way that does not compromise anonymity.

Title Page: Include author’s name, institutional affiliation, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and preferred mailing address. Include an Author’s Biography of 125 words or less.

Cover Letter: Include a statement that the manuscript is of original content and has not been previously published, nor under consideration elsewhere. Indicate whether the work is scholarship, commentary, a review, or creative writing.

Document Style and Formatting: Submit electronically in a clean MS Word (.doc or .docx) format. Do not justify margins, or apply automatic hyphenation of words, or add pagination, or insert headers/footers or line/page breaks. Use double-spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, with one inch-margins on all sides. Only one space after punctuations and “US” as adjective and full term when used as noun.

Scholarly Articles: Not to exceed 8,000 words including tables, endnotes and references. Include 6-8 keywords (in both English and Spanish) and an abstract of 100 words or less.

Commentary/Reflection Articles: Not to exceed 4,000 words including endnotes. Include an abstract, not exceeding 75 words, and 3-4 keywords (in both English and Spanish.

Interviews: Not to exceed 4,000 words.

Creative Writing: No more than 6 poems or 2 fiction/testimonio pieces per submission.

Book Reviews: Not to exceed 1,200 words including notes and references. Include complete book title, publisher, year of publication, page count and ISBN at opening, with reviewer’s name and affiliation at end of document.

Film/Media Reviews: Not to exceed 1,200 words including notes and references. Include name(s) of director(s), producer(s), distributor, and length of film at opening, with reviewer’s name and affiliation at end of document.

Endnotes & Text References: Follow the latest edition of MLA or APA style. Endnotes should be at end of article, numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals. Insert brief parenthetical acknowledgements in the manuscript wherever you incorporate another’s words, facts or ideas. A list of works cited, alphabetized according to authors’ last names, should be appended at the end of the article.

Illustrations: All images, charts, graphs and tables should be separate from the main article. Indicate approximate placement of each by using a clear break in the body of the article, inserting corresponding numbers as indicated on images, which must be in JPEG or TIFF format in 300dpi. Inclusion of visuals is not guaranteed.

Obtaining Permission to Reprint: Include a letter of permission for all borrowed illustrations, tables, figures, or other material. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain reprint permissions. Original images (photography, slides, and artwork) will be kept for up to three months from date of publication, then returned to the contributor.

Suggesting Reviewers: Authors may provide a list of up to three individuals (with institutional affiliations, postal and electronic addresses) whom they feel would be appropriate reviewers. The editors are not bound by these suggestions, but will respect requests for exclusion of specific reviewers.

Book & Film/Media Reviews: We are interested in reviews of works reflecting new trends, both criticism and creative works, on Latin American and US Latino topics that evaluate for scholarship and the teaching and learning process. We encourage submissions by scholars, graduate students and community members.

Commentary/Reflection Articles: All submissions are welcome. Articles are published at the discretion of editors.


Send submissions to dialogo@depaul.edu


For questions on submissions and themes, content, formatting and style, or general questions please contact the editor: Dr. Bill Johnson González, BJOHNS58@depaul.edu.

Upcoming Special Themes:


Production Schedule:

Following the deadline of submissions to a special theme, the timeline runs six months for in-house pre-production editorial process: Peer-review, Guest Thematic Editor review and manuscript revisions, in-house Editor review and minor final revisions, the collection of pertinent information and publishing agreements.

The entire issue is then sent to the UT Press for production process, which generally runs six months, and during which copy-edited manuscripts and later page proofs are sent to each contributor.

A minimum year-long process from initial submission to a theme to publication of an issue accounts for holiday and school year academic delays.