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Author Guidelines

Lucayos welcomes submissions of scholarly articles and book reviews pertaining to all facets of Caribbean literature, history, and culture.The editorial staff will also consider creative works, including poems, short fiction and non-fiction, drama, and original art and photography.Translations or transcriptions of historically significant primary source materials are also welcome.


Submission of Manuscripts

To expedite the review process, authors should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All manuscripts must be typewritten, formatted in Microsoft Word.
  • All textual material, including tables and notes, should be double-spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman.
  • All manuscripts should be formatted in MLA, following the latest edition guidelines.
  • All submissions should include the manuscript title, name of the author, affiliation, address, and email address on the title page only.
  • In addition, all manuscripts should include an abstract and keywords for the article to be used for electronic search engines.
  • Notes should appear as footnotes.
  • Topical headings are strongly discouraged
  • Critical pieces should average 5,000 to 10,000 words in length.

-  Creative works

  • Poems may be of any length, on any subject, and in any form style. 
  • Fiction and non-fiction may be in any style or form.  The maximum length of any one piece is 5,000 words.
  • Short dramatic works, such as monologues, one-act plays, or an excerpt of a larger work, including screenplays should average 10-12 pages.

Visual Art

Requirements for Artist:

  • A biography of 50 words
  • Provide artist statement no longer than 300 words
  • Provide us with a high-resolution image of portrait for promotional purposes (e.g., social media) 4" on the longest side, 300DPI

Image Specifications:

  • Each file should be a minimum of 300dpi
  • Images should be saved in RGB, TIFF or JPEG format
  • 10" longest side for portrait orientation; 20" wide for landscape orientation;
  • You may submit up to three images for our consideration.

Caption:

All captions must be formatted as follows: Name, Title, Material, Dimensions, and Year. Please then send captions via a word document.

Image Transfer:

All images can be submitted to lucayosjournal.com. This can transfer up to two gigs of data. Once upload is completed, you will receive a receipt of confirmation.

Book Reviews

As a journal of interdisciplinary studies of the Bahamas and the broader Caribbean region, Lucayos highly values the task of reviewing contemporary publications among the most meticulous, creative, and captivating works in the academic community in the Bahamas or elsewhere. For that purpose, the book review editors are looking for dedicated reviewers who will read carefully, critique tactfully, and appreciate the significance of the text in the larger context of the Bahamian and Caribbean fields and sub-fields. Lucayos is committed to publishing high quality book reviews, which echo the spirit of the journal.

Book Review Guidelines

  • Reviews are to be 3 to 5 pages long, double-spaced (between 750 and 1500 words)
  • Reviews must be in English, but reviewed texts may be in languages other than English.
  • We ask that reviewers use:

-MLA Handbook (7th ed.), or

-MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed., 2008)

  • Reviews should contain at least 4 direct quotes from the work being analyzed.
  • Reviews have to include complete publication information (author, title, publisher with date and place of publication, ISBN number, number of pages, and price).
  • Authors are limited to one piece per issue.


 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.