Saturday, November 1, 2008

J. ALWD seeking articles on metaphor & narrative

The Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (J. ALWD) has issued a Call for Articles for the Fall 2010 issue. This early call gives authors more time to plan and an opportunity to submit articles throughout the year. For more information about the Journal and to view back issues, visit its page on the ALWD website. The text of the Call is reproduced below:

Call for Articles

Fall 2010 – Metaphor & Narrative

The Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (J. ALWD) invites submission of articles for its Fall 2010 Metaphor & Narrative issue. In addition to articles that address the theme, the Journal encourages authors to submit articles on any topic that fits within the mission of the Journal.

Current research and scholarship have focused attention on metaphor and narrative as cognitive processes that structure perception and expression. In this issue, J. ALWD plans to publish articles examining the use of metaphor and narrative in interpreting and composing legal texts. In other words, we are looking for (1) articles that discuss the effects on the law-making process of metaphoric concepts (for example, frameworks, models, images, symbols) and narrative elements (plot, character, conflict, setting, and so on) and (2) articles that propose effective methods for lawyers and judges to use these processes to persuade and to reach understanding.

Questions about potential articles are welcome and should be directed to

The Journal encourages submissions from law professors, practicing lawyers, and judges as well as from academics, researchers, and specialists in other disciplines. The deadline for submission of articles for the Fall 2010 issue is September 15, 2009. Article selection will be completed by November 15, 2009. The Journal is published annually, thanks to the support of West, which prints the Journal, and ALWD, which distributes the Journal by mail to some 3,200 practicing lawyers and judges; law school libraries, deans, and professors; and others interested in the field of legal writing. The Journal is available electronically on the ALWD website and from Westlaw, SSRN, HeinOnLine, and H.W. Wilson Company.

General Guidelines

  • Submission of Articles

Submissions are due on or before September 15 of the calendar year before an upcoming issue. Most issues bring together “best practices” articles on a particular subject, but we welcome articles on any topic that falls within the mission of the Journal: to develop scholarship focusing on the substance

and practice of professional legal writing and to make that scholarship accessible and helpful to practitioners as well as to legal academics. Without compromising analytical rigor and the necessary theoretical and research foundation, our goal is to publish articles that are readable and usable by the broader audience of professional legal writers. We are looking for clear, concrete, direct writing; strong, interesting, intelligent voices; and a style that uses the text for substance and the footnotes to provide support, sources, and references for additional study. Potential authors may wish to consult articles published in past issues of the Journal as well as the more specific information for authors available at

  • Exclusive submission

The Journal prefers exclusive submission of manuscripts. If an author has submitted the manuscript elsewhere or wishes to do so, the author should inform the Journal at the time of submission and notify the Journal immediately should the author accept another offer of publication.

  • Technical requirements

Manuscripts should be accompanied by (1) a cover letter summarizing the article and (2) the resume of the author, including telephone number and e-mail address. For major articles, the Journal will consider manuscripts from 30 to 50 typewritten pages (7,500 to 12,500 words). For practice notes,

the Journal recommends manuscripts from 5 to 15 typewritten pages. All manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word, using double-spacing, one-inch margins, 12-14 point font, and footnotes (not endnotes). Hard copies should be submitted on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, printed on one side only.

Citation format should adhere to the current edition of the ALWD Citation Manual.

  • How to submit

Submissions (preferably electronic) should be sent to the following e-mail address, directly or through the ALWD website: . Or they may be mailed to: Professor Linda L. Berger, Chair, J. ALWD Editorial Committee, Mercer University School of Law, 1021 Georgia Ave., Macon, GA 31207. Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.


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