Guidelines to Writers

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde – A Journal for African Literature

Ownership and purpose:

  • The Tydskrif vir letterkunde Association owns and publishes Tydskrif vir Letterkunde.
  • Tydskrif vir Letterkunde is an independent refereed journal, accredited by the South African Department of Education.
  • The editor invites the submission of original, previously unpublished research, review and overview articles on theoretical, applied or comparative aspects of African literatures and cultural practices.

Editorial address:

The Administrator
Tydskrif vir letterkunde
Department of Afrikaans
Humanities Building, HSB 15-16
University of Pretoria
Pretoria 0002 South Africa
Tel: +27-(0)-12-420 4075
Fax: +27-(0)-12-420 2349

Language medium:

  • Contributions should preferably be submitted in Afrikaans, Dutch or English. Contributions in French may also be submitted.
  • Research, review and overview articles in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English abstract of no more than 350 words, including a translation of the article title. In the case of articles written in English the abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Submission of manuscripts:

  • Manuscripts under consideration elsewhere or published previously should not be submitted to Tydskrif vir Letterkunde.
  • A single digital copy of the article manuscript should be submitted (per e-mail) initially.
  • On acceptance, following the review process, one digital copy should be submitted as the final version. The editors prefer the MSWord® word processing programme.
  • A short biographical background of the author (about 30 words) should accompany the final version.
  • Manuscripts should be presented in unembellished, clear typed format with margins of at least 2.5 cm all around, and in double spacing (including quotations, notes and references).
  • An author’s’ name, postal and email addresses, professional affiliation and telephone numbers should appear on the title page.
  • Since articles are reviewed blindly, authors are requested not to indicate their names anywhere in their manuscripts.
  • Manuscripts should be properly edited for language usage and be submitted in press ready format.
  • A limit of 6000 words (including the abstract) is set as a general guideline for the length of articles. In exceptional circumstances longer articles may be considered.
  • The author-date-reference system is used. References should be indicated in the text: (Mphahlele 2002: 100) or Coetzee (2003: 10). From 2013 (Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 50.1) the MLA reference system will be introduced.
  • Notes, endnotes and the bibliography should be attached to the end of the article. Endnote numbers should be prepared in superscript and normally occur at the end of a sentence. Please note: computer generated endnotes, notes or bibliographies are not acceptable.
  • Sexist or racist language is not encouraged. Gender-specific terminology should not be used when mixed groups are intended. (E.g. do not refer to “the literary critic and his practice…” when a more generic reference is intended.) Racial nomenclature should be used with caution, if at all. Where writers deviate from this guideline, it should be motivated.


  • All graphics must be submitted in camera-ready digital format.
  • Graphics should be provided with appropriate captions.
  • Material submitted digitally should have a resolution of at least 300dpi and should be submitted in a format no smaller than A5.
  • It is the responsibility of the author to secure permission to reproduce copyrighted material.

Obligations and responsibilities:

  • Material published in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, may, unless stipulated otherwise, be published on the journal’s website.
  • The opinions of contributors expressed in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde do not represent the views of the advisory council, consulting editors or editors.
  • Where manuscripts are accepted provisionally, it is expected that writers will return their revised versions within six weeks to the journal’s Administrator.
  • No correspondence will be entered in the cases of manuscripts that were turned down.
  • The editors undertake to handle submissions with care, but cannot accept responsibility for lost goods or unforeseen damage.
  • The copyright of the published materials rests with the authors.
  • On the acceptance of research, overview and review articles page fees to be paid by the author become payable. Generally authors’ institutions pay such page fees. This obligation is waived in the case of authors based at African universities, except in the case of South African institutions.
  • The editors determine page fees annually.
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