Comparative Woman | LSU Comparative Literature

Comparative Woman

Mission Statement

Comparative Woman in an online journal with the aim to create an environment that explores topics related to comparative literature and women/gender studies through art and academic engagement from a multitude of perspectives. We seek to give artists a platform for reflecting on their thoughts and experiences according to each issue’s theme to present our readers with unique, diverse, and thought-provoking art while also exposing our readers to scholarly work on art and other forms created by women and the LGBTQ+ community or about women and the LGBTQ+ community in mediums both in and outside of the Western Literary Canon.

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Comparative Woman Call for Submissions

Spring Summer 2019: Kin

What is “kinship”? Is it merely biological or is it something that we choose? What are the bonds that we form? How do we form them? Why do we need these bonds? Why do these bonds matter? From Moms to Drag Mothers, covens to close-knit communities and cults, and siblings to fraternities: how do we recognize and establish “kin”?

Comparative Woman’s 2019 issue is looking for academic essays, poetry, art, interviews, and book reviews on our theme of “Kin.”

Submission Guidelines


Whether traditional or experimental, we seek poets who wish to challenge: whether it be form or "the norm." Guidelines: must be original work not currently published elsewhere (five poems max).


We are looking for essays that explore intersections, connections, and relationships between national literatures, trends, and theories by women writers both in and outside of the traditional Western Literary Canon. Guidelines: must be original work not currently published elsewhere. We accept essays that are no more than 10,000 words. Notes should be formatted as endnotes after the text but before the list of cited works. Essays should be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document, double-spaced, 12-point font. Please submit no more than one essay.


We accept paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, installations, video, and animation. However, please be aware that we are an online-only publication so submissions must be able to be displayed online either through upload, photo, or video. Please submit photos as med-res JPEGs and links are acceptable for video/film/animation submissions. Please include an artist statement with your work at no less than 150 words and no more than 750 words. Please submit only one collection at a time.

Reviews/ Interviews

We are looking for creative reviews and interviews about women and LGBTQ+ poets, writers, and artists ranging from well-known all the way to underground. We want to know what is important to you and therefore essential for our readers to know.
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2019

We are also looking for peer reviewers, please contact for more details.
Submit on under the “Submit Article” tab on our website: 

You can also email us your submission at 

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Fall 2018: Spirituality

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