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The Journal of the Short Story in English (JSSE) is published semi-annually in December and June by the University Press of Rennes (France), under the auspices of the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur les Patrimoines en Lettres et Langues (CIRPaLL), the Department of English Language and Literature, the Service Commun de Documentation (SCD) and the Presses universitaires de Rennes.

The JSSE will publish articles on short stories and novellas in the form of essays (not exceeding 48,000 signs) and notes (not exceeding 12,000 signs).

Electronic submission is encouraged. Attach the file, in Microsoft Word format, to an e-mail addressed to (Editor) and (Associate Editor), or to John H. E. Paine ( and John Lowe (, North American editors. Please also include the address of JSSE secretary Aurélie Reuillon in your e-mail (

Please include the following in the body of the e-mail: title of the paper, a 150-word abstract, in English (and French if possible), a short contributor’s note, your name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and your institutional affiliation (if it isn’t obvious from your postal address).

We prefer submissions be sent as a Word document (.doc or .docx). If you must submit a paper manuscript, please send only one copy to Michelle Ryan-Sautour, M.S.H., 5 bis boulevard Lavoisier, 49045 Angers cedex 01 (France), or to John Paine, English Department, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212-3757 and John Lowe, 263 Park, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-6205 (North American Editors). The manuscript will not be returned. Before your article can be sent out for review, you will be requested to send an electronic file.

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to the JSSE for consideration have not been published previously, in part or in whole, and are not simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The author’s name and institutional affiliation are not to appear, so described, in the manuscript.

Manuscripts chosen for publication should conform to the footnote style of The MLA Style Manual. A concise style guide is provided below to help potential contributors. All pages must be numbered. Please use only the formatting style of the 7th edition version of MLA.

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