The Art of Adolescent Literature
Winter 2005. The theme for our 2005 winter issue, The Art of Adolescent Literature, is intended to accompany and develop the theme of the 2004 ALAN Workshop and to provide a means for examining the artistry inherent in adolescent literature and its teaching, in any form that bears examination or discussion. This theme is meant to be broad enough to cover a wide range of topics and flexible and open enough for many different interpretations. Some ideas for manuscript topics might be found in the titles of author presentations at the 2004 ALAN Workshop in Indianapolis, which include: New Narra- tive Strategies, The Art of the Novel, Adult Authors for Young Adults. Art in Literature, The Art of Poetry, The Novel in Verse, The Art of Fantasy, The Art of the Short Story, The Art of Middle School Literature, The Art of Teaching YA Writing, The Art of Historical Fiction, The Art of Horror Fiction, Sexual Identity in YA Fiction, and New Voices in YA Literature. Manuscripts dealing with the artistry of the authors (listed below) appearing at the 2004 ALAN Workshop are also welcome. The deadline for manuscripts for the winter 2004 issue is October 15. Please see the Instructions for Authors page for specific instructions about submitting manuscripts.
Christopher Paul Curtis
Paul B. Janeczko
E. Rose Sabin
Sharon Dennis Wyeth
2005 Spring/Summer theme: A Road Less Traveled (Deadline February 15)
This theme is intended to solicit articles about young adult literature and its use that examine people or paths in young adult literature that differ from the norm or majority. This theme is meant to be open to interpretation and support a broad range of subtopics, but some possibili- ties include examination and discussion of innovative authors and their work, pioneers or turning points in the history of the genre and new literary forms. We welcome and encourage other creative interpretations of this theme.
2005 Fall theme: Finding My Way (Deadline May 15)
This theme is intended to solicit articles about young adult literature and its use dealing with the search for self. This theme is meant to be open to interpretation and support a broad range of subtopics, but some possibilities include examination and discussion of the approach an author or group of authors take to leading protagonists down the path to self discovery, comparisons of how this is accomplished across subgenres of young adult literature, or how young adult literature compares to developmental or adolescent psychology. We welcome and encourage other creative interpretations of this theme.