Ad Alta: the Birmingham Journal of Literature

Founded as The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language in 2008, Ad Alta: the Birmingham Journal of Literature is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print.

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It includes submissions from postgraduates from a diversity of backgrounds and institutions, including specialists in literature 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 prose and poetic compositions are also welcomed. 

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What have you read lately?

Whether in the course of postgraduate study or during your free time, you will undoubtedly have come across books both stimulating and provocative. If you want to hone your skills of critical appraisal or make use of notes and material you’ve naturally accrued in the course of your research, consider writing a review for publication in Ad Alta: The Birmingham Journal of Literature.

A good review will require an evaluation of the author’s goals and the extent to which those goals have been achieved. It will challenge your ability to write concisely, to deploy quotation in such a way as to provide flavour, and—crucially—to resist giving away the ending!

We are currently seeking submissions for short reviews on all manner of fiction and non-fiction. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your engagement with the research community and a valuable addition to any academic CV.


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

For full submissions guidelines, please see our Call for Papers.

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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 Ad Alta as a contributor, or if you would like any further information about the publication, please contact the General Editors,  Sarah Chung and Laura Milburn, at