Alluvium is an open access scholarly journal dedicated to 21st-century writing as well as 21st-century approaches to the literary canon. Written by leading academics in the field, the journal offers topical short articles that are intended to reflect upon key issues and emerging trends in literature and literary criticism, and open up discussion through the site’s message boards accompanying each piece.

Founded in June 2012 by Caroline Edwards and Martin Paul Eve the journal received widespread acclaim and was recognised for opening up high-quality online scholarship in literary criticism. As a journal run through WordPress, Alluvium broke new ground for humanities scholarship,helping academic research to find new audiences around the world through its visually arresting design and the accessibility of its articles.

In 2019 Alluvium was relaunched as the postgraduate-run journal of BACLS. The journal publishes six issues a year, each edited by different members of the Alluvium editorial committee of postgraduates and early-career researchers, The Managing Editors are Chloe Ashbridge, Zoe Hope Bulaitis and Caroline Wintersgill and Martin Paul Eve is the journal’s Senior Online Editor.

Alluvium is stored in the British Library’s ISSN electronic store, catalogued in the UK Web Archive, and preserved in the CLOCKSS scholarly archival service – offering rigorous digital preservation for all of its articles in the future. The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Alluvium welcomes proposals for short articles of 2000 – 2500 words from academics in literary studies and adjacent disciplines at all stages of their career and we also encourage contributions from creative practitioners.

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Below are some of the endorsements Alluvium has received from distinguished academic colleagues:

“Cleverly-thought out and well-designed, Alluvium is extremely fertile ground for new ideas about contemporary literature and theory. More, as an academic-run open-access journal, it’s playing a role extending the geography of serious academic publishing”.

Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London

“To visit is to encounter what writing in the 21st century can be and do. Resolutely intermedia, resistantly accessible – to both writers and readers – Alluvium is carving out a new space for creative and communal attention to the work of imagination and critical thinking in the contemporary moment. An invaluable resource”.

Vicky Lebeau, Professor of English, University of Sussex