imlr books - Annual Competition

Proposals are invited for the 2022 competition to publish in imlr books, a book series published by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. 

We are interested in proposals from the broad disciplinary range of Modern Languages research, embracing the study of text, culture and society. We particularly encourage submissions exploring the relationship between cultural production and issues of major societal concern. The languages covered by the Institute are French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and we welcome comparative studies involving more than one of these. The volumes published in this series are published both in hard copy and on open access. 

Proposals for monographs, conference volumes, or thematically-linked collections of essays, between 30,000 and 100,000 words in length, may be submitted for selection by the imlr books editorial board, which is advised by a peer review committee of senior academics in the field. Volumes should be written in English, with quotations cited in the original and in translation. Fiction and translations of works already published in other languages cannot be considered. The peer review process comprises two stages, the first internal, the second external. One proposal will be selected based on the peer review process. The expectation is that authors will supply the full text within one year of the acceptance of the proposal. 

Proposals should be submitted 12 June 2022 to, and should comprise four files only, as follows:

  • The application summary form [PDF] (for an Word version, please contact;
  • The proposal, including a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, which should not exceed five A4-pages when printed out;
  • A short curriculum vitae of author(s) or editor(s), not longer than one A4-page per person when printed out; and
  • sample chapter (in the case of monographs) or a draft introduction (for collections of essays).

Sixteen volumes have been published to date, with several currently in preparation.