The Eugene O’Neill Review
In 1989, Professor Wilkins spearheaded the founding of The Eugene O’Neill Review, which took on the larger role of publishing juried scholarship. The mission of the Eugene O'Neill Review is being a journal “devoted to the life, works, influence, and significance of the eponymous playwright.” Currently edited by Alexander Pettit and now published bi-annually by Pennsylvania State University Press, the Eugene O’Neill Review is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Back-issues are available at $15 each. Requests should be sent to Society Secretary/Treasurer Robert Richter (email@example.com). More information about the Review, including how to submit articles to it, is located on this site.
The Eugene O’Neill Review is the official academic journal of the Eugene O’Neill Society, an organization of scholars, theatre professionals, and enthusiasts founded in 1978. After twelve volumes as the Eugene O’Neill Newsletter, the EOR first debuted in 1989, “with a sophisticated appearance and packaging appropriate to its loftier name,” in the words of its founding editor, Frederick C. Wilkins. The EOR is now published biannually by the Pennsylvania State University Press, sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Society, edited by Alexander Pettit of the University of North Texas, and archived by the Scholarly Publishing Collective.
We publish authoritative peer-reviewed essays and notes, aimed primarily at a community of scholars with a keen interest in O’Neill’s life and writings. Studies might focus on theatrical or literary history, including biography, or on critical interpretation or pedagogy. Consideration will be given to submissions on topics relevant to but not focused on O’Neill, including comparative work and work on O'Neill's colleagues and collaborators in the Provincetown Players and elsewhere. Diverse methods and perspectives are encouraged; clear, correct, and readable prose is expected. By commission, we publish little-known or rediscovered documents, with appropriate contextualizing (Lost & Found); variously configured discussions
among theatre makers and other specialists (Practitioners' Colloquia); reviews of dramatic performances and pertinent books; and reports of newly opened or augmented archives. Occasionally we publish creative work that represents or invokes O'Neill.
Critical and historical essays generally comprise 5000–10,000 words, although we sometimes consider longer but leanly written submissions. Notes tend to run 2000‒4000 words in length. We do not publish unrevised dissertation chapters or conference talks that have not been substantially reconfigured for a reading public. Commissioned reviews of 1000–1800 words should speak to what is memorable or otherwise important about a book or performance. All submissions should adhere to the guidelines explicated in the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, as augmented by the style sheet available here.
Submissions should be sent through the PSUP's Editorial Manager portal. Please visit that portal to create an author profile and to find further instructions about submitting your work.
For general inquiries, contact Alexander Pettit, editor, at EOReditor@gmail.com. For book reviews, contact Zander Brietzke; for performance reviews, contact Bess Rowen. Supplemental style sheets for book and performance reviews are available upon request.
The Eugene O'Neill Review endeavors to evaluate submissions within six weeks of their receipt.
Contributors are encouraged but not required to become members of the Eugene O'Neill Society. Please visit the Society Membership page. Advantages include receipt of both issues of the EOR in a given year. New members enjoy two years of sharply discounted dues.