Invitation to Contribute

Call for Proposals, Vol. 2: RE: Composing Reading as Inquiry

Call for Proposals (for 2019 publication)

Click here for a Google Documents version of the instructions below. 

About the Journal:

RE: Composing: A Journal by Writers for Writes, is an in-house publication created by faculty and students in the University Writing Program (UWP) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. RE: Composing is a shared text used in all first-year writing courses at UNC Charlotte. As a collection, RE: Composing is not intended to be the typical “rule-based”, “how-to”, “best practices” textbook. Keeping this in mind, we are not looking for “how to” models that provide formulas for writing, but rather creative avenues of exploration within writing studies that supports rhetorical knowledge, critical reading, composing processes, knowledge of conventions, and critical reflection.

Call for Article Submissions, Volume 2: (Open to Faculty & Students)

We are immersed in a text-rich culture where ideas can be communicated instantaneously with the click of a button. Yet, what constitutes reading can vary greatly depending on the context, what it is that we are reading, and our perspectives and purposes as readers. With this in mind, the theme for our second volume is “RE: Composing Reading as Inquiry.” In this collection, we seek to better understand the nuances and applications of critical reading. Some questions you might consider:

  • How do we read? What do we read?

  • How does our reading inform our composing processes?

  • How do we read difficult texts that we have never read before?

  • How does interpretation, analysis, culture, and prior experiences inform the act of reading?

  • What is the relationship between our reader and writer identities?

  • How do we read our work and compose our reading?  

  • What is the relationship between reading and design?

  • How are we employing multimodal applications in daily work/life/reading?

  • How do experienced readers and writers complicate what it means to read critically in daily work/life/reading?

  • What counts as reading? How might reading be a life practice?

We invite you to work beyond the questions that we have here and welcome your unique approaches to the study of reading and composing. Our goal is to complicate notions of critical reading, thinking intentionally about the ways we are constantly engaged in reading practices.

How to submit proposals: DUE MAY 5th.

Proposals should be 250-400 words in length. Proposals should have a working title and include: what you intend to do, how you are going to do it, and why the work matters. Should citations be necessary, please follow the guidelines for APA format (see Purdue OWL and/or APA Style Blog). Proposals should be sent as a doc or docx file attachment (no Google Doc submissions) to by May 5th, 2017.

Call for Short Features / Spotlights on Composing: (Open to Students)

RE: Composing is a unique space for writers across levels of experience to share knowledge, so we invite your participation as a student to add to our on-going conversations. We are always accepting submissions for consideration to our “Spotlights on Compositing”; we invite short, two-three page features on writing, design, and/or reading. As a student, you are uniquely positioned to talk about these concepts in terms of daily practice both in and outside the classroom. Consider the varied ways in which you are already composing, complicate what it means to compose in numerous contexts, and add your insight to what it means to write, design, and/or read.  

How to submit a first working draft: CONTINUOUS OPEN CALL

Submissions should include a complete rough draft (1000-1500 words in length), with a “working” title, and use APA formatting guidelines (see Purdue OWL and/or APA Style Blog). Your draft should give readers a firm idea of your work and the ability to provide comprehensive feedback for revisions. Submissions should be sent as a doc or docx file attachment to Please include your name, your student status (graduate, undergraduate), and your contact information (an email address and phone number). All identifying information will be removed from your work before it goes to our readers for review. Also note that submissions may be retained and used in later publications of RE: Composing as appropriate given the volume’s theme.   If you would like your submission to be considered for publication in Vol. 2, please submit your work no later than May 1, 2018.

Of Interest:
Submission and Review Process
Our note on Considering the Audience

If you have questions, please contact our editors: Julie Cook, Editor; Ashlyn Walden, Associate Editor