2021 Issue of New Jersey English Journal


New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, invites you to share submissions on the theme, “Course Correction: The Adaptive Nature of English Language Arts.” While there are many ways in which English language arts and English language arts educators are adaptive, the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, dramatically changed teaching, learning, and daily life during 2020. How did you adapt, both personally and professionally? What did you learn that you will take with you into your future teaching? 

We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (1000–2000 words), as well as personal essays (700–1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators. In addition to submissions that respond to the theme, we also welcome poetry related to the theme.

We welcome single and co-authored submissions from both veteran and early-career teachers, and we especially invite new writers, pre-service teachers, and graduate students to develop submissions. Writers are urged to read past editions available online at <> to review past successful submissions.

We invite you to respond to the theme of “Course Correction: The Adaptive Nature of English Language Arts” by considering such questions as:

  • How did teaching and learning change during the COVID-19 pandemic? How did teachers and students adapt, both personally and academically? What lessons will we carry with us into future teaching and learning?

  • How did the shift to remote instruction raise awareness of inequities within and across our schools? In what ways can educators create more equitable learning opportunities? 

  • In what ways do teachers respond to curveballs—both large and small—from their students, in their own lives, at their institutions, in their communities, or on a national level?

  • In what ways has the ELA classroom or the role of ELA teachers evolved during 2020, and how might it continue to change in the future? How can ELA teachers adapt their methods—for example, by considering issues such as social-emotional learning, social justice, and/or new technologies—to respond to students’ evolving needs and make space for new voices, texts, and approaches?

Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, November 3, 2020 via <>. All submissions will be reviewed through a double-blind process by multiple peer reviewers. Submissions should not have been previously published or under review elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow current MLA guidelines for citations. All writing should appear in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and authors’ names and identifying information must be removed from all submissions. Send any queries to <>.