Lifewriting Annual:  Biographical and Autobiographical Studies



Lifewriting Annual publishes articles and reviews on the full range of lifewriting:  biography, autobiography, memoir, journals, diaries, and letters. We are interested in publishing critical and scholarly essays on all forms of lifewriting as well as reviews of them. We are particularly interested in articles describing and assessing scholarly resources for biographical writing, especially collections of manuscripts and letters. Essays that combine two or more lifewriting genres are welcome for a section of the Annual called “Crossings.” We do not publish reviews of scholarly books on lifewriting.


Lifewriting Annual is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of lifewriting—theoretical, critical, scholarly, and creative. We hope that its broad scope fosters lively discussion about the ways that the various forms of lifewriting inform each other.


All submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (author/date format).  Articles should be from 7,500 to 15,000 words. Reviews should be around 2500 words. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word and emailed as Word attachments to  Or, hard copy and disk may be sent to Thomas R. Smith, Department of English, Penn State Abington, 1600 Woodland Road, Abington, PA 19001. Inquiries are welcome anytime at or 215 881-7543.


The first volume of Lifewriting Annual will appear in early 2006.


Lifewriting Annual is published by AMS Press, Inc., 63 Flushing Avenue – Unit #221, Brooklyn, NY 11205-1054, USA. Phone 718 875-8100  Fax 718 875-3800