Call for Papers: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (PBSC)

Festschrift for William F. E. Morley and Francess Halpenny

PBSC is seeking material to commemorate the life and work of Bill Morley and Francess Halpenny, who both died in December 2017 at the respective ages of 97 and 98. Their presence is greatly missed but their contributions to the literary life of Canada, and to their own universities — Queen’s University and the University of Toronto — will long be remembered.

Submissions may take the form of an academic article (5000 to 9000 words) or note (under 5000 words), or a more personal essay or reminiscence about either Morley or Halpenny (or both), or their influence on the contributor (max. 9000 words). Academic articles or notes may address any aspect of the contributions of either Morley or Halpenny (or both).

As well, submissions may take the form of a story, review, document, or tool (for more about Documents and Tools, see the Bibliographical Society website:

Submissions in either English or French may be made via the PBSC online journal management system as .doc or .docx files. Articles and notes will be peer-reviewed. These must be anonymized and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. All submissions must be accompanied by a short biographical statement. Notes must follow the same academic standards as longer articles. Works longer than 9000 words should be queried first.

Deadline for articles and essays to be peer reviewed is November 15, 2018. Deadline for personal essays, reminiscences, stories, reviews, documents, or tools is January 15, 2019. Publication will be in the Spring 2019 issue.

Queries to Editor Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr are welcome at any time:

Submit articles here:

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