Policies / Politique éditorial


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original literary work or review to be considered for publication in Résonance provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the work.

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Submission Guidelines


The editors are specifically interested and will favor works in a variety of literary genres that are primarily by and/or about the Franco-American communities of the United States and their realities. We encourage both established and emerging writers to submit their works with the goal of creating a truly multi-generational vehicle that accurately reflects the Franco-American reality. The editors are also interested in literary work that explores related themes that apply to linguistic and cultural minorities, including (but definitely not limited to) visibility/invisibility, preservation/creation, elitism/popularism, etc.   

Please note that editors will accept previously unpublished works only.


The journal’s editorial staff is primarily made up of Franco-Americans who have distinguished themselves in the following genres:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction - novel/short story
  • Drama
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Graphic fiction
  • Reviews (books, films, theater)
  • Translations

Each of these specialties will have a section in the journal on a regular basis. The editors strongly encourage submissions in these genres. They will also accept submissions in other genres. These will be sent to qualified reviewers associated with Résonance.

What to submit and how

Language:  The preferred languages for submitted works are French and English. Works containing both are welcomed. The type of French can be any version now or formerly in use in North America (this includes Haitian and Louisianan Creole). The same guidelines apply for English. The Editors will accept works in other languages; however, authors submitting in those languages are advised that the review of the work might be delayed while we identify a qualified reviewer.

Special note for translations: Translators are requested to include the work in its source language along with their translation.

Cover letter: Authors should include in the cover letter their name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as a short bio (up to 75 words).

Length:   Please follow these genre-specific guidelines about the length of submissions:

  • Poetry:  3-5 poems (no more than 10 pages total)
  • Fiction:  Up to 6,000 words (with occasional exceptions--query Fiction Editor before submitting anything longer)
  • Creative non-fiction:  Up to 10,000 words
  • Drama: a one act play or a single act of a multi-act play – up to 6000 words in either case
  • Graphic fiction: Four lengths considered: a single page; a 3-panel strip; 16 pages; a novel of  60-90 pages
  • Reviews:  750-1500 words

Please note that submissions written in French may occasionally exceed the recommended word-count.

Veuillez noter que les contributions en français peuvent occasionnellement dépasser la limite conseillée.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you inform us promptly if the work has been taken by another outlet.  

How to submit: To submit, click on the "Submit" link. When filling out the submission form, please select the Genre of Work from the choices in the drop-down menu made available. For submissions in other genres/formats, please contact the Editor-in-Chief (francostudies@maine.edu) for instructions and include the words “Résonance submission” in the subject line.


Authors who submit materials will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of those materials.

The evaluation process is projected generally to take up to 70 days. The editors will inform authors of submitted works about editorial decisions via email.  


Authors agree to give Résonance First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights to material accepted for publication in the journal. After publication, both rights revert to the author who is then free to republish the material. However, we do ask that you mention that the work was first published in Résonance.


At this time, Résonance is not in a position to offer a monetary stipend or other compensation to authors for the works published in the journal.

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Formatting Requirements

Résonance has no general rules about the formatting of work upon initial submission.

The author will need to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

The style guideline followed by the journal for English language content is the latest edition of the MLA Handbook, although literary works may involve exceptions.

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The failure of DigitalCommons@UMaine to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between DigitalCommons@UMaine and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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