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Editorial Policy

Latin American Literature Today (LALT) is a quarterly publication affiliated with World Literature Today (WLT), the bimonthly journal of international literature published from the University of Oklahoma. The editors welcome works on literary subjects connected to the contemporary literature of Latin America and written in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. The majority of our published texts are essays, book reviews, fiction, poetry, interviews, and works related to literary journalism or Latin American chronicle.


  • LALT only considers the following types of submission: literary essays, chronicles, book reviews, interviews, and translations.
  • Creative writing submissions, whether fiction or poetry, are only accepted from translators themselves. If you are a translator and would like to send us your literary translation work, please read the guidelines for translators.

SENDING SUBMISSIONS: Proposed submissions should be addressed to the following editors, as appropriate:

Submissions in Spanish:

Submissions in English:

Translation submissions:

    Please check our “guidelines for translators” first.


Any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions related to submissions should be directed to the Editor in Chief. We accept submissions throughout the year, and they must be addressed to the email accounts listed above. Paper correspondence can also be sent to our physical address (see below).

STYLE AND PREPARATION OF TEXTS: For critical studies of contemporary authors, literary topics, or cultural trends, our preference is for “essays” written in the tradition of clear and lively discussion, with an absolute minimum of scholarly apparatus, since the journal is intended for a general audience.

SUBMITTING COLLABORATIONS: When sending in your prospective contribution, please include in the body of your email or cover letter a brief explanation of how your essay would contribute to LALT’s mission to diffuse and promote contemporary Latin American literature. We encourage all our potential contributors to read previous issues of LALT, or of our parent publication WLT, to consult examples of our preferred style for essays.

It is important to emphasize to all potential collaborators that LALT is a journal of literary diffusion and not an academic journal. For this reason, LALT reserves the right to reject articles written in in the traditional academic format.

Submissions should be sent to the Editor in Chief at the following address:

Latin American Literature Today
University of Oklahoma
780 Van Vleet Oval
Kaufman Hall, Room 105
Norman, OK 73019-4037


Submissions for any issue of LALT should not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication at any other print or digital journal, except in exceptional cases in which the editorial team considers a piece especially pertinent, in which case LALT will obtain the prior permission of the author and the original source before publishing.

RECEPTION OF COLLABORATIONS: Every effort will be made to acknowledge receipt of your submission in a timely fashion, but, given the high volume of inquiries that we receive, please allow a minimum of four weeks for evaluation and a response concerning acceptance. Any unsolicited manuscripts, received in the mail, that are not accepted for publication will be returned if accompanied by sufficient postage.

LENGTH OF SUBMISSIONS. Articles and interviews should have a maximum length of 2,000 to 2,200 words, unless otherwise directed by the editor. Book reviews should have a maximum length of 1,200 words.

FONT SIZE AND STYLE. All documents submitted to LALT should be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font with 1.5 line spacing.

SPACING AND SPECIAL CHARACTERS: Please avoid extra spaces and/or special characters between paragraphs as much as possible. Do not add any space before or after a line of text, especially if it is the first or last line of a paragraph.

ARTICLE TITLES. For essays, place the article title at the top of the first page, then place your name on a separate line. A brief deck head (25-40 words) should precede the article, giving readers a clear and concise idea of what’s to follow in the text.

SUBMITTING TRANSLATIONS. For translations, include a brief bio about the author (40-50 words) and a shorter one about yourself (25-30 words), plus a source note about the original (e.g., From Cien sonetos de amor, copyright © 1960 by Pablo Neruda. English translation copyright © 1986 by Stephen Tapscott). If the piece was translated by its author, please indicate this information in a note at the end of the article.

NAME OF DOCUMENT SENT TO LALT. The name of the Word document should be formatted in the following order: Title of the work, name of author between parentheses, underscore, name of reviewer. For example:

El llano en llamas (Juan Rulfo)_Antonia Fernández    

EPIGRAPHS. Articles and/or book reviews can include epigraphs as long as they do not exceed four lines in length. Epigraphs should not be placed within quotation marks. The name of the epigraph’s author should be included after the epigraph’s text, along with the source text of the epigraph in italics (optional). Example:

Siempre es levemente siniestro
volver a los lugares que han sido testigos
de un instante de perfección.
Ernesto Sábado
Sobre héroes y tumbas

QUOTATIONS. Short quotations should be worked into the body of the text; quotations of four lines or more may be set off as extracts, indented and without quotation marks (see example above). Do not use MLA-style parenthetical page citations in running text; they may be used with extracts, however, or placed in an endnote if they accompany a substantive note. A moderate number of citations from foreign languages may be used, particularly when the illustration involves a linguistic or stylistic point. For long and/or difficult passages in these languages, however, please provide an English or Spanish version only, either your own or a published one.

To indicate abbreviated text within a paragraph, use square brackets. For example (© Emma Rodríguez, 2013):

Para hablar de Clarice Lispector habría que inventar nuevas palabras, comprar un diccionario de lo sublime, utilizar un nuevo alfabeto. Es lo primero que se me ocurre para iniciar este recorrido [...], tan especial que me atrevería a decir que, en ciertos momentos, mientras la leo, tengo la loca idea de que no es de este mundo, de este planeta, que parece haber venido de lejanías inimaginables para contarnos cuentos y para hablarnos desde lo más profundo. [...]. Hay que desearlo y esperar a que sea ella la que otorgue el permiso para entrar en sus habitaciones desconocidas, en sus atmósferas flotantes, en ese río de emociones que sólo los que están dispuestos a sentir, a vibrar, pueden percibir con plenitud.

CITING POEMS. If you cite two or more lines of a poem within the body of a text, please indicate the line breaks using the following annotation:

"podemos hacer del mar/ sitio para la escritura".

CITING SHORT STORIES OR CHAPTERS OF NOVELS. There is no need to indicate page number when citing the title of a short story or the name of a chapter in a novel.

NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES. Notes should be kept to a bare minimum, particularly avoiding long, digressive comments, the use of ibid., notes citing only a page number, etc. Essential publishing data, for example, can sometimes be incorporated into the text parenthetically at a book’s first mention and omitted thereafter.


Do not use footnotes. If notes are necessary, they must be formatted as endnotes.

ILLUSTRATIONS. We welcome suggestions for possible illustrations (artwork, photography, or graphics) to accompany your text. Illustrations should be submitted as 300 dpi digital files (color tiff or jpeg files preferred). A separate list of captions and credit lines should accompany the illustrations, clearly keyed by number, as well as releases granting LALT permission to reproduce any copyrightable text or illustrations. Guidelines on fair use and copyright can be found in CMS, chapter 4.

LALT reserves the right to to reject any submission that does not comply with the preceding requirements.

AUTHOR’S INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION. Please include your institutional affiliation (the university or research institute with which the author is associated) or city of residence at the end of the text, oriented to the document’s right margin in italics.

SUBMISSION DATE: Once the text has been submitted, it cannot be modified by the author. We recommend that all LALT collaborators ensure they are submitting the final version of their collaboration to avoid editing problems after submission.

PHOTOS AND BIOS: Once the contribution is accepted, the collaborator will be asked to provide a photo and a brief bio (ten lines of text maximum).

LALT reserves the right to reject any collaboration that does not meet the indicated submission guidelines.

The editors of LALT reserve the right to accept or reject any work received and to make any editorial changes they deem necessary, not including changes to content.

Adapted from World Literature Today General Submission Guidelines, May 2019


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