Dickens Quarterly is the official scholarly publication of the Dickens Society and is published in March, June, September and December. The journal publishes papers on all aspects of Dickens’s life and literary works in a range of formats including scholarly articles, essays, notes, and reviews. Supporting research and writing on rich and diverse Dickens and Victorian topics related to Charles John Huffam Dickens, the journal is the preeminent source for intriguing, substantive, peer-reviewed Dickensian content.

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Call for Submissions for Series of Special Issues: Dickens and Wills, Engaging Dickens and Obscure Dickens

The editors of ‘Dickens Quarterly’, in consultation with members of the Editorial Board, are pleased to issue a call for contributions to a series of special issues of the journal. Three topics have been designated, each with a particular focus broad enough to offer opportunities for engagement from a variety of literary and non-literary perspectives.

Submission date: 1 September 2018.

Dickens and Wills

Wills in the novels, literally and metaphorically: their role as a narrative device, their importance and symbolic function; Dickens’s personal and professional exposure to and knowledge of wills as a formal declaration of an intention to dispose of property; his arrangements for the distribution of his estate; the sociological and cultural implications of will-making during the nineteenth century and the treatment of the subject in his journalism.

Engaging Dickens

New ways to engage Dickens by making use of technological innovation: the digitalization of texts, digital humanities and Dickens; reviews of the best online websites; new opportunities presented by Dickens Journals Online and the consequences of this valuable facility; engaging with Dickens in different pedagogical contexts – in the classroom, in public spaces such as exhibitions, museums and festivals.

Obscure or Under-Read Dickens

Neglected novels and other works, including Dickens’s short fiction and miscellaneous pieces, under-scrutinized areas of his journalism, his non-fictional historical, theatrical and poetical writing.

Instructions for Authors

Copy should be submitted in two forms: an electronic version to and a hard copy to the journal’s address: 100 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 7NE England. Essays should range between 6,000 and 8,000 words, although shorter submissions will be considered. Download our author guidelines here.