Please send all submissions to in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc file or a .docx file. The Dylan Review does not have submission periods, but welcomes submissions at any time of the year. We tend to be speedy with our replies, though sometimes the editorial and peer-review process means authors may wait several months for a decision.


The Dylan Review seeks qualified reviewers for books, albums, exhibits, films, and any other media relevant to the field of Bob Dylan studies. Reviews should run no longer than 4,000 words, unless the editors specifically grant an exception. Like the best imaginative scholarship, reviews should engage all dimensions of Dylan's work--musical, poetic, philosophical, political, and cultural--with clarity and originality. Please query before submitting a review, as the editors are actively pairing reviewers and new releases and may have already assigned your proposed title.


Article submissions should address an informed readership and should avoid rehearsing familiar aspects of Dylan's discography and biography, or even the more familiar criticism. (For example, articles should not repeat the global repercussions of his “going electric” at Newport in 1965.) Dylan Review is a research-driven intervention into the field and the editors reserve the right to reject submissions that do not contain a scholarly apparatus or a reasonable justification for omitting one. Like the best imaginative scholarship, articles should engage all dimensions of Dylan's work--musical, poetic, philosophical, political, and cultural--with clarity and originality.

Upon submitting a manuscript, a contributor will receive email confirmation. The article will then be assigned to an editor who will determine if it merits consideration by outside reviewers. The peer-review process can take up to 10 weeks from the time of submission. After the reviews are completed, the editors will contact the contributor with the reviewers’ feedback and our publication decision. If the reviewers recommend revisions, and the contributor agrees to the changes, the editors will expect to receive the revised manuscript within a prescribed time.


Article Proposals

The editors will read proposals for essays or review essays. Please provide a brief abstract of the topic, in addition to an expected word count. Proposals should be sent in an attachment to

Song Corner Essays

The Dylan Review seeks scholarly essays on individual songs. Essays should focus on only one song (while freely referencing others) and should be 3,000 – 7,000 words. Please include the appropriate scholarly apparatus.



The Dylan Review welcomes submissions of poetry inspired by Bob Dylan's work, including Dylan's music, lyrics, performances, sculpture, and painting. There is no length limit--short or long--or prescribed form or style. We will consider submissions of up to five poems, no more than once every six months.


The editors invite letters and comments for future issues. As much as possible, please confine commentary to topics raised in articles or interviews in the DR, at least as a starting place for your remarks. The editors encourage lively discussion but will not tolerate or publish language or images we consider offensive.


Manuscript Submission Requirements


Submission Requirements

  • Attach your submission as a Microsoft Word file, and make sure it is free of your name or any other identifying feature.

  • On the first page of your manuscript, include an abstract of up to 150 words, along with 1-5 key words selected for maximum discoverability by readers.

  • Include a brief biography of up to 75 words in the body of your email.

  • Contributors are responsible for securing permissions and paying any required fees for the use of any material in the manuscript previously published elsewhere. Copies of permission letters or emails must be sent to the Dylan Review editors.

  • The editors will inform contributors if permission to reprint lyrics needs to be secured.

  • Contributors must guarantee that the contribution does not infringe any copyright, or violate any other property rights, or contain any libelous or unlawful matter.

  • Contributors must guarantee that the contribution is original, has not been published elsewhere in whole or in part in any format, and is not currently under consideration elsewhere.


Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

  • Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word files.

  • All text, including notes and works cited, should be formatted in Times New Roman font, size 12 point, with double-line spacing throughout.

  • Use U.S. English for all spelling and punctuation.

  • Length: no more than 7000 words for an article-length manuscript; not more than 4000 words for a book/film/exhibit review. Song Corner submissions may range between 3,000 and 7,000 words.

  • Double-spacing should prevail throughout the entire document, including quotations from lyrics and in block quotes.

  • Number pages at the bottom right.

  • No function of “Track Changes” should be in use. Please check your document for any remaining tracked changes, hidden text, or comments, and delete them.

  • “Style” field should read “Normal” throughout the text.

  • Headings should be used sparingly and only when necessary. Use bold font for headings. If the use of subheads is necessary, subheads should be in italics to distinguish them from a full heading.

  • Epigraphs and extracts from other texts should be set off with single line spacing.

  • On the line after an epigraph, be sure to include the name of the contributor and the source; do not use a footnote except where explanation (or possibly translation) is necessary.

  • Use only footnotes: all footnotes should be double-spaced and rendered in 12-point Times New Roman.

  • Minimize or avoid embedded formatting, e.g., text boxes, bulleted lists, changes in line spacing throughout the document.


Style Requirements

  • Strive to present your work in a style designed for an informed but not discipline-specific readership. Avoid discipline-specific terminology and define all acronyms and all other not readily understandable terms.

  • Ellipses:

    • When omitting part of a sentence with an ellipsis, use three periods with a space before, in between and after (“ . . . and . . . “).

    • If the end of a sentence is omitted, use four periods, the first immediately following the text, and the following spaced as above.

    • Use a four-dot ellipsis if an entire sentence is omitted.

    • Do not use ellipses at the beginning or end of a quotation.

  • Tables / figures / appendices:

    • Figures must be submitted in the original format at the size the contributor would like them to appear.

    • Digital images should be submitted in either .tiff or .jpeg files at 300 dpi at the size the images are to appear. If possible, all digital files (photos) should be grey scale.

    • Consult editors regarding integration of tables and figures.


Book/ Film/ Exhibit Reviews

  • Length of reviews can vary but should not exceed 4000 words unless approved by the editors.

  • The review must be headed by the following information: title of publication/film/exhibit; name of contributor or editor; publisher; publisher’s address; date of publication; number of pages; ISBN number (if available in both hardcover and paperback, indicate numbers for both); and selling price(s). For film, include film publisher and year. For exhibits include title, location (e.g., museum or gallery name), city, and duration.

  • Include the reviewer’s name and affiliation at the beginning of the review.


Footnotes and Reference List Format

  • Please follow the guidelines in the 8th edition of the MLA Style Guide.

  • Footnotes must be numbered consecutively throughout the article and be indicated by the superscript numerals following the punctuation at the end of a sentence.

  • All footnote entries must be double-spaced and must be identical to that in the reference list (if a bibliography or works-cited list is included at the end of the article).

  • Translations:

    • Include translations for all quotations in languages other than English. Translations for individual foreign words, run-in quotes, and block quotes can be in parentheses in the body of the manuscript or in footnotes.

    • Optional: If using only English translation in the body of the manuscript, contributors can include quotation in original language in the footnotes.