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Arizona English journal
Calls for manuscripts  


English language arts classrooms are uniquely suited spaces for discovery, discussion, and healing. Writing offers people "new vantage points from which to explore their traumas and cultivate healing" (Glass et al. 241), and the power of literature and sharing our stories is well documented throughout history. In her article, "Toward a Restorative English Education", Maisha T. Winn calls for "a pedagogy of possibilities that employs literature and writing to seek justice and restore (and, in some cases, create) peace that reaches beyond the classroom walls."  Based on the inspiring work of Maisha T. Winn, the theme of the fall 2023 issue will be Restorative English Education. How can we create restorative and peaceful spaces in our classrooms, libraries, schools, communities, and beyond? Which texts, lessons, activities, assignments, and projects promote restorative practices and engage students, teachers, and communities in important conversations? What does restorative English education look like in your experience?

We also welcome general interest manuscripts in every issue. We ask for general interest manuscripts that offer insight on important issues for English Language Arts teachers at all levels of instruction. Through reflection, inquiry, narration, or a call for action, we hope to hear your stories and learn from your work. As a practitioner journal, AEJ articles foreground classroom experiences, provide vivid details, and offer exemplary storytelling while grounding content in current research and discussion.

Manuscript Submission Deadline: January 31, 2023

Column, Poetry, and Artwork Submission Deadline: May 31, 2023

Publication: September 2023




This column opens space for the discussion of how equity, justice, and inclusivity looks in our classrooms. Modeled on the NCTE English Journal’s #disrupttexts column and the work that Lorena Germán, Julia E. Torres, Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, and Tricia Ebarvia are doing to bring  BIPOC+ voices to the classroom and to re-envision the literary canon, this column will make space for BIPOC+  educators to speak on the ways they are bringing inclusive voices into their classrooms. 


How do we use literature and writing to amplify those voices that have historically been erased from the formal ELA curriculum? 

In the 


This column spotlights essays and articles discussing the best of classroom life. It offers teachers a space to share what is working in their classrooms, lesson ideas, reflections on teaching and learning, pivotal moments, and meaningful memories.

Teaching Journeys

This column is a place for teachers to share their experiences as they navigate teaching and the teaching life. Submissions may explore insights teachers have gained through their role in the classroom, as well as tensions that have come up personally and professionally. 

O N G O I N G  

F E A T U R E S 

Poetry: Limit to two poems per submission.

Original artwork: High resolution (300dpi) images of artwork. Please include a short 150 word artist statement (see author’s bio).

Original photography: If students or families are pictured, please contact us for a photo release upon submission.


Submission Guidelines (in accordance with our larger organization, NCTE): 

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including quotations and Works Cited page), with standard margins. Please save copies of anything you send us. We cannot return any materials.

  • Please remove all identifying information from the manuscript; we use a double blind review process. 

  • Manuscripts should be no more than 6000 words (not including citations). Number all pages of the manuscript.

  • Use in-text documentation by following the current edi­tion of the MLA Handbook. Where applicable, a list of Works Cited and any other bibliographic information should also follow MLA style.

  • Provide a statement guaranteeing that the manuscript has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

  • Ensure that the manuscript conforms to the NCTE Statement on Gender and Language.



Email submissions to:

Example below:


Subject: “(Last Name): Manuscript for Fall 2021” 


Dear Editors, 


The attached manuscript, ______, is about _______. 


In sending the attached file, I give Arizona English Journal my permission to publish this work. I understand that the editorial board may make minor changes to this document according to house style. I confirm that I have not published or submitted this work for publication in any other venue. 


Author Bio: 


Carrie Deahl is a National Board-Certified Teacher in Phoenix, AZ where they have taught English for 22 years. Deahl also teaches Creative Writing and some of their students have placed at the regional level in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Recently, Deahl had an article published in NCTE’s English Journal and has been interviewed on Phoenix’s local NPR affiliate, KJZZ for their work with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Deahl was the proud recipient of the NCTE’s 2018 High School Teacher of Excellence Award; the Arizona English Teachers Association English Teacher of Excellence Award, High School Level, and has been recognized by former Arizona State House of Representative Tony Navarette as a community leader and educator committed to academic excellence. Deahl currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with their dogs, Huckleberry and Syvlia and a sassy cat named Rilke.  

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