Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

with caffeine & careful thought accepts papers in the field of English and Drama and related disciplines by registered UTM undergraduates. We particularly encourage adventurous and innovative essays that were written for English and Drama courses.

Submissions may take the following forms:

  • Analytical essays on one or several texts (including poetry, novels, plays, graphic novels, literary theory, films, and visual art)
  • A review of a recent book or film
  • Research papers on literary or theatrical history
  • Essays on literary theory
  • Essays that propose original theories of literary analysis
  • Multi-media projects that incorporate physical and digital components
  • Works of criticism that are also creative performances, e.g. a commentary on a play written in dialogue form

We do not currently accept poetry, prose fiction, or life writing.

Submissions should be emailed to englishanddramajournal@gmail.com. Questions can also be directed to that address. We encourage writers to consult the guidelines below as well as the current issue of with caffeine & careful thought before submitting their work.

All submitted writing must fit the following guidelines:

  • No more than 4000 words in length, and no less than 1000 words in length.
  • Submissions must include page numbers and a title.
  • Submissions should be carefully proofread.
  • Parenthetical in-text citations and a Works Cited page must be included with all submissions. (Click here for more information on accurate MLA style guidelines.)

Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Outstanding argumentation, expression, and research.
  • Appeal and accessibility to a broad university readership.
  • Originality of thought and topic.
  • Clarity of writing and lack of mechanical errors.



Section Policies


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Publication Frequency

with caffeine & careful thought is published annually. New issues will appear at the beginning of the fall term.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.