Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL)

Founded in 2008, The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print.

It includes submissions from postgraduate students from a diversity of backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.

Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduates, alumni and external postgraduates, along with book reviews and original artwork. Original poetic compositions are also welcomed.

Current vacancies

The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is seeking new recruits to its editorial team.

We are recruiting in the following roles:

General Editor  

The new editor(s) will work with the current editorial team and peer reviewers in producing the new issue of the BJLL.

The main duties include:

  • Managing a team of PG editors and peer reviewers
  • Overseeing the entire peer review and editorial process
  • Manage all aspects of Journal promotion and correspondence (including ‘Call for Submissions’, use of email and social media), as well as managing all aspects of funding and expenses
  • Manage the printing and distribution of the Journal

Book Review Editor

The new book review editor will take responsibility for acquiring and distributing books for review from publishers, and for recruiting and managing a team of book reviewers, as well as editing the reviews for publication, as well as providing other editorial assistance when necessary.

Notes Editor

The new notes editor will take responsibility for acquiring and distributing Notes (5-6 short articles of 1000 words) and editing these for publication, as well as providing other editorial assistance when necessary.

Arts and Poetry Editor

The main duty is to commission and format original artwork and poetry for publication. The Arts and Poetry Editor will also be required to create the front and back covers of the Journal, and provide other editorial assistance when necessary.

Proofs Editor

We are also seeking proof-reader, whose role it will be to copy-edit the final draft(s) of material, ensuring that it meet the Journal’s criteria.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact the General Editors ( for an application form.

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Call for Submissions

Articles should be 3,500 to 4,000 words in length including all titles and works cited. Notes, which can be about recent conferences, seminar series, new research fora, collaborative research projects and so forth, should be 800 to 1,000 words in length, as should book reviews. Submission of original poems and artwork should be discussed with the General Editors.

Both electronic and printed copies of the journal receive ISSN numbers, and provide citation information for contributing to projects of future research.

All submissions should be sent to the General Editors at:

Review Policy

Articles proceed through a four-tier process of peer-review. Submissions are first sent to a member of the Review Panel who will make their comments on the article before submitting it to a member of the Editorial Board. These editors will decide whether the submitted article is ready to be passed on to the Staff Readers, who are members of the University’s lecturing community, and who are the final readers of each article before it is returned to the General Editors for final review.


If you would like to get involved with the BJLL, either as a reviewer or a contributor, or if you would like any further information about the publication, please contact the General Editors, Cerys Howell and Thomas White at: