Guidelines for contributors

Literophile follows, for the most, regulations provided for formatting, annotation, and citation by the Modern Language Association. We choose, however, to not italicise words and/phrases in languages of the Indian subcontinent. We choose also, despite adhering to MLA, to follow British English as far as spellings are concerned, bowing, again, to MLA for grammar.

We expect contributors to keep these in mind while finalising their submissions. These, which may either be academic papers or semi-academic articles/commentaries, should not be more than 4000 words. They should be justified double-spaced MS Word documents with Times New Roman font, font size 12, and with endnotes – not footnotes. All bibliographic details should be presented as per MLA, and in-text parenthetical references should be cited properly.

Of course, we do remember that we are a student venture for promoting amateur research, and so for the most, if the submissions be engaging and provoking enough, we will put aside formatting and other such errors and work with contributors to, if need be, improve their submissions. However, any remaining errors will ultimately be a reflection on the lack of rigour on part of contributors; despite this being painfully obvious, if you don’t provide us bibliographic details, there is only an extent to which our encouragement of your work will take us.