Adoption & Culture publishes essays on any aspect of adoption’s intersection with culture, including but not limited to scholarly examinations of adoption practice, law, art, literature, ethics, science, life experiences, film, or any other popular or academic representation of adoption.  A&C accepts submissions of previously unpublished essays for review.


Submission guidelines:

Essays should be between 7,500 and 12,000 words in length, including notes and the Works Cited pages.

All essays must follow the format of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.).

Authors must also include a fifty-word abstract and two to four keywords with their submissions.

In order to ensure a blind peer review, remove any identifying information, including citations that refer to you as the author in the first person. Cite previous publications, etc. with your last name to preserve the blind reading process.

Include your name, address, email, the title of your essay, and your affiliation in a cover letter or cover sheet for your essay.

Cover letters may be addressed to the editor, Emily Hipchen.

Please note that while we do make every effort to respond to submitters in a timely manner, the peer-review process can take between six and eight months. While we do read submissions year round, submissions received over the summer recess may take longer to process.

It is the author’s responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permissions and essays may not progress into the publication stage without written proof of right to reprint.


Book Reviews:

Scholarly books for review may be sent to our Book Review Editor, Jenny Heijun Wills. All inquiries may be addressed to:

Jenny Heijun Wills, Book Review Editor, Adoption & Culture

Department of English

The University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Ave.

Winnipeg, MB, Canada


Recommendations of texts to review and all other inquiries regarding book reviews may also be directed to the Book Review Editor.  If you would like to be considered as a potential book reviewer for A&C, please email the Book Review Editor a brief description of your research interests and attach a copy of your CV to the email. We do not accept unsolicited reviews.

Additional Information:

Information regarding conferences, calls for papers, and other information of particular interest to the academic community of scholars of adoption and culture may be sent to: While the editor makes every effort to be inclusive, we cannot guarantee that all submitted materials will be published.