Ad Alta: Submissions Guidelines

Are you a postgraduate student interested in having your work published in an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal? 

Published annually, we welcome submissions from University of Birmingham Alumni and postgraduate researchers from across the UK. Ad Alta: the Birmingham Journal of Literature, is a journal that hosts a range of diverse subjects across the Arts and Humanities. 

The Ad Alta team are proud to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 2020/2021 edition!

  • Articles 
  • Notes 
  • Book reviews 
  • Original poetry and short stories (this is open to undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni). 


  • Books under review must have been published in 2015 or later. 
  • Review length should be 800-1000 words. 
  • For any further enquiries, contact

Submission Guidelines;

  • Submissions are open to postgraduate research students from any institution, and University of Birmingham Alumni. We will accept submissions from any undergraduates, postgraduates, and alumni who would like to submit their creative work(s). 
  • Articles should be between 3500 to 4000 words in length. Notes and book reviews should be between 800 and 1000 words in length. This word count includes all titles, notes, and the bibliography. 
  • Poetry submissions should not exceed three poems, or forty lines. Short story submissions should not exceed 2500 words. 
  • Notes – Research notes follow all the same Ad Alta guidance on referencing that a full research paper would, however they are not full academic papers.  Notes are discussions which are intended to explore a theme or emergent idea. Notes should not exceed 1000 words. 
  • All written submissions should be in the .docx file format (Microsoft Word) and conform to the following guidelines: 
    • Font: Garamond 12 pt. Body text left aligned. 
    • Line spacing: exactly 2.0.
    • Page layout: A4, portrait, single column, normal margins. 
    • Referencing: Please follow Harvard and include a list of works cited at the end of the article, review, or note. 
    • The author’s name and academic affiliation should appear on a separate cover page only, along with the title and word count of the submission, the name(s) of your supervisor(s) and internal examiner(s) (if known or relevant), and a brief abstract of 100 to 150 words. 

Note: Submissions may be published elsewhere in the future, but the editors would appreciate an acknowledgement where possible. 

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Submissions and enquiries should be sent to the General Editors (Sarah and Laura) using the following email address: