What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next?
Volume 46: Issue 3 (Summer 2019)
Submissions due: November 1, 2018
The field of young adult literature has exploded over the past few decades. As a result, we have enjoyed increasing numbers of memorable stories written by authors willing to trust their readers with complexity and challenge. We have learned from colleagues who have implemented innovative approaches to teaching and thinking about this literature and its implications for the young people who read it. And we have begun to think carefully and critically about whose voices are present and not present and how literature both reflects and has the potential to shape the sociocultural realities in which we live and work.
In our final issue as editors of The ALAN Review, we aim to create space for reflection, contemplation, and anticipation around young adult literature. We invite you to consider where we are, what we’ve accomplished, and what we all might tackle in our collective pursuits of scholarship and teaching. As we engage in this work, we find inspiration in the words of Nicola Yoon: “I was trying so hard to find the single pivotal moment that set my life on its path. The moment that answered the question, ‘How did I get here?’ But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways” (Everything, Everything, p. 305). And we are reminded that we can (and must) do better in this work, knowing that “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right” (Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give, p. 155). Given our shared commitment to books and young people and a better tomorrow, we are hopeful that our momentum will impel us to move the field forward in ways that foster equity and social justice for all. As Renee Ahdieh intones, “When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that our story isn’t over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told. Make it a story worthy of you” (The Wrath and the Dawn, p. 387).
As always, we also welcome submissions focused on any aspect of young adult literature not directly connected to this theme. All submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the ALAN website (http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines) for submission guidelines.
The new editors for The ALAN Review will be interviewed and selected during the November NCTE conference and ALAN Workshop. The next call will be posted shortly thereafter with a March 2019 manuscript deadline.