Young Scholars In Writing

Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric publishes research and theoretical articles from undergraduates on writing, writers, rhetoric, discourse, language, and related topics.

"Young scholars" refers not to age but to experience with research in writing, rhetoric, and related topics. We invite all undergraduates to submit their research on these subjects!




YSW is open for submissions! 

We will be accepting submissions for Volume 17 (2020) until June 30, 2019.  

Visit our Online Submissions page or see the About page for information on how to prepare submissions. We are accepting submissions to our Articles section, our Spotlight on First-Year Writing section (for research by students in first-year college writing courses), and our Comments & Response section (for responses to articles published in previous issues of YSW). 

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YSW commits to sustain an inclusive space for diverse scholars and scholarship in rhetoric and writing studies. We especially value research that explores the rich expanse of cultures, Englishes, identities, and spaces of languaging and performance that characterize historical and contemporary scenes of rhetorical interaction. In so doing, YSW seeks to expand the range of voices and perspectives contributing to and represented in the scholarship of rhetoric and writing studies. We create a safe and rewarding experience for historically underrepresented or marginalized contributors, including scholars of color, all sexual and gender identities, all nationalities, nontraditional students, two-year college students, and students of all socioeconomic statuses. 

Congratulations to the many young scholars who have published in the pages of our journal!

Young Scholars is generously hosted and supported by Montana State University and edited by Dr. Doug Downs. Please address all inquiries to Dr. Downs at



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