After acceptance

Once an essay or review has been accepted by the MLQ editor, a few steps remain to prepare it for copyediting and final production by our partners at Duke University Press. Performing this work yourself reduces the chances that errors will be introduced to your text, as well as the cost of publication. Thanks for your assistance with the following tasks.

  1. Double-check your essay or book review, paying particular attention to references, publication dates, page numbers, name spellings, and any use of languages other than English. To the extent possible, recheck all quotations.
  2. Make any textual changes agreed upon with the editor and reader(s), and ensure the essay or review conforms to the MLQ style guide.

    For a review, format the header according to the style guide, and include your name at the bottom right of your final page.
  3. Save your essay or book review as "Lastname.doc."
  4. Prepare a brief biographical note, and save the file as "LastnameBIO.doc." (We publish bios for reviews as well as essays.)
  5. For essays only, prepare a 100-200 word abstract (see abstract examples); save the file as "LastnameAB.doc."
  6. Email MLQ's assistant editor with a) your current mailing address (for receiving complimentary copies of the issue), b) the best email address at which to reach you during the production process, and c) any upcoming travel plans that may affect your availability for responding to copyedits and proofs.
  7. Read and sign the Publication Agreement. We also recommend that you make a copy for your own records.

    Your signed Publication Agreement can be returned to us by fax (206.685.2673; Attn. MLQ), by scanned and emailed PDF (, or by post:
    Modern Language Quarterly
    Box 354330
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA 98195
  8. Send your final electronic documents (manuscript, biographical note, and, for essays only, abstract) as email attachments to

Modern Language Quarterly | Department of English, Box 354330 | University of Washington | Seattle, WA 98195-4430