Second Language Writing Interest Section

SLWIS Newsletter Call for Submissions

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SLW News, the newsletter of the Second Language Writing Interest Section of TESOL, accepts submissions on a rolling basis. The deadline is June 30 for the October issue and January 10 for the March issue.

Feel free to submit articles, announcements, and brief reports on issues of interest to second language writing professionals. Authors retain copyright and need not be members of SLWIS or TESOL. Updated submission guidelines for articles and book reviews will soon be posted at

Our priority items for this issue include

  • Previews of TESOL 2015 sessions of interest to writing professionals;
  • Reviews or summaries of SLW-related presentations and workshops at professional conferences;
  • Brief reports on recently-completed or in-progress research, especially action research;
  • Articles presenting effective, innovative instructional techniques and classroom practices (all levels, all contexts);
  • Opinion pieces concerning current or emergent trends in SLW;
  • Book and media reviews.

SLW News is soliciting articles on second language writing theory, research, and pedagogy in all ESL/EFL settings.

SLW News welcomes articles that focus on L2 writers and their characteristics, text features, classroom materials and practices, placement and assessment issues, writing program administration, teacher development, and other related areas. SLW News encourages submissions related to any educational setting, especially traditionally underrepresented contexts (pre-K–12, 2-year colleges, community programs, international K–12 schools, etc.). In light of the newsletter’s electronic format, authors are encouraged to include hyperlinks.

General Submission Guidelines

Articles should

  • be no longer than 1,750 words
  • contain no more than seven citations
  • list the author's name, affiliation, and email
  • include a 50-word (maximum 500 characters) abstract and two- to three-sentence author biography
  • be accompanied by an author photo (.jpg)
  • follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA style)
  • be in MS Word (.doc/.docx) or rich text (.rtf) format

All graphics and other images should be submitted as separate .jpg, .gif, or .tiff files with at least 300 dpi resolution.

Since the newsletter is published in an electronic format, feel free to include hyperlinks and photos in your articles.

For complete information on submission guidelines, see

Please submit articles and direct questions concerning article submissions to

Please use “SLW News Submission” in the subject line of your e-mail. See below for more information concerning book reviews and submissions related to specific topics and contexts.

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