Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) is the only journal in the United States that focuses exclusively on American Indian literatures. With a wide scope of scholars and creative contributors, this journal is on the cutting edge of activity in the field. SAIL invites the submission of scholarly, critical pedagogical, and theoretical manuscripts focused on any aspect of American Indian literatures as well as the submission of bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. SAIL defines "literatures" broadly to include all written, spoken, and visual texts created by Native peoples.
SAIL is the official journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature and members receive the journal as a benefit of membership.
Volume 33, Numbers 3 & 4 (Fall - Winter 2021)
Nasdijj and Jordan Abel Remixing William S. Burroughs: Considering the Legacy of Beat Generation Writings in Twenty-First Century Indigenous Literature
James Mackay and Polina Mackay
Abel’s Military Service and Belonging in N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn
Surviving and Challenging the Colonized Scene of Translation: Innu in Natasha Kanapé Fontaine’s Poetry
Contemporary Decolonial Temporalities: Generational and Transcontinental Kinship in Janet Campbell Hale’s Women on the Run and Jeannette Armstrong’s Whispering in Shadows
Dominique Aurilla Vargas
Water as wahkohtowin in Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves
The editorial board of Studies in American Indian Literatures invites the submission of scholarly manuscripts focused on all aspects of Indigenous literatures, including bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. We define “literatures” broadly to include written, spoken, and visual texts created by Indigenous people in what are currently known as the Americas. Submissions should demonstrate critical engagement with the fields of Native American and Indigenous literary studies; we are especially interested in publishing work on lesser-known and non-canonical authors and texts. Manuscripts of roughly 5000-7000 words should be prepared according to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, utilizing endnotes as preferred by SAIL, and emailed as an attachment. Submissions should include a brief 100-150 word abstract that provides a clear overview of the article and is accompanied by a list of 5-10 key terms that are repeated in the abstract. SAIL observes a “blind reading” policy to maintain academic integrity, so do not include any identifying information anywhere in the document. All submissions are read by outside reviewers, and the entire peer-review process from submission to publication can take up to a full year. Manuscript submissions and any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Special Issue Proposal Guidelines
SAIL invites proposals for special sections of the journal, particularly those addressing lesser-discussed authors, texts and genres. A special section may include between 3-5 article-length essays (5000-8000 words each), with a shorter introductory piece (1000-5000 words) by the section editor(s).
Potential special section editors should send a 250-word proposal to email@example.com . Include the rationale for the special section and a listing of the essays and their authors to be included. We request that special section editors undertake a first round of peer review with their authors. SAIL will also submit the entire special section to two external readers for peer review. Because the process of finding reviewers for special sections can be more time-consuming than for individual essays, special section editors will want to plan for a full year from initial submission to final publication.
Call for Reviews
The field of American Indian literature includes poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction, critical theory, cultural theory, history, and all forms of story in the shape of comics, movies, videos and games. Tell us what makes you think, answers your questions, or asks for response and revision. What are you reading, watching, playing, scrolling through? Studies in American Indian Literatures welcomes reviews of scholarly and creative works relevant to the field of American Indian literature. Reviews should be at least 500 words and no longer than 1000 words. To submit a review contact SAIL Review Editor, Jeremy M. Carnes.
Kiara M. Vigil, Amherst College
Book Review Editor
Jeremy M. Carnes
Birgit Brander Rasmussen
Daniel Heath Justice
Shanae Aurora Martinez
Daniel Heath Justice
Robert M. Nelson
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