We're delighted to announce the (re-)launch of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings (ISSN 2045-5216). C21 Literature is a young journal that has quickly established its strong reputation for examining the genres, forms of publication and the circulation of 21st-century writings. Featuring original scholarship from leading as well as emerging academics in the field of contemporary literary studies, the journal is a logical development of the explosion of interest in 21st-century writings, seen in book groups, university courses, and the development of online publishing.
C21 Literature was originally launched as a journal with Gylphi Press, an independent arts and humanities publisher specialising in the contemporary period. In 2015, the Open Library of Humanities' Library Board (made up of library supporters of our Library Partnership Subsidy model) voted to "flip" the journal to an open access format on the OLH journal platform.
The new issue of C21 Literature, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016), features a great set of articles examining a number of important contemporary writers and their work. As Dr Katy Shaw writes in the Editorial:
The journal was founded to examine the genres, forms of publication and circulation of 21st-century writing, so being part of an organisation that is committed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary academic publishing is a real marriage of minds. The editorial board is supportive of the ethos and agenda of the OLH remit (which will allow the journal to become fully open access but with no author fees), and excited by the new possibilities our collaboration will bring.