American Periodicals is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on children and periodicals, guest-edited by Courtney Weikle-Mills. The journal is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers of all periods. It includes essays on all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to the 21st-century ‘zines and e-journals.

Writers for the special edition might address:

  • periodicals and/or periodical pieces aimed at children
  • representations of children or childhood in periodical literature
  • serialized children’s works
  • child-authored or edited periodicals (including amateur works)
  • child contributors and/or correspondents
  • child readers of periodicals
  • visual images of children in periodicals
  • the editorial policy, financing, production, illustration, circulation, and/or design of children’s periodicals
  • children’s pages or columns in periodicals with a broader readership
  • the role that periodicals might play in excavating or understanding children’s culture
  • the circulation of ideas and assumptions about children and childhood through periodicals

Professor Weikle-Mills would be delighted to speak to scholars about the possible fit of their work with the special issue. She can be reached at Completed essays will be due October 15, 2011 to the same address. All submissions should conform to the style of American Periodicals (see and will undergo peer review in keeping with the procedures of the journal. The issue will appear in the fall of 2012.

CFP – Special Issue of American Periodicals on Children and Periodicals