WOW Stories Call & Guidelines

WOW Stories Call for Manuscripts

WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is the refereed journal of Worlds of Words, an initiative dedicated to creating an international network of people who share the vision of bringing books and children together, thereby opening windows on the world. We publish 1-2 issues a year that contain individual manuscripts and 1-2 issues a year that are submitted by a specific literacy community.

WOW Stories journal publishes classroom research.

Immigration as Opportunities: Creating Community within Diverse Contexts through Literature

Teachers and schools are perhaps most impacted by immigration through the significant opportunities and challenges presented by teaching students of diverse languages, cultures, and literacy backgrounds. This issue of WOW Stories invites manuscripts that explore how teachers, teacher educators, and community organizers use literature within their contexts to welcome immigrant students and prepare all students, both immigrant and native-born, to explore multiple perspectives on living in a diverse world. How do you use children’s and/or young adult literature to explore immigration? What kinds of classroom practices do you engage in that foster authentic cultural inquiry within diverse multicultural and multilingual settings? What texts effectively explore immigration and elicit inquiry? How do you foster opportunities for children to share their rich lives outside of school? Describe the connections children, adolescents, and adults make as they explore immigration through literature. We invite you to join us in sharing your insights and experiences.

Submission deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit your manuscript now using our online form.

Investigations and Innovations

In this unthemed issue, we highlight educators, teachers, students, authors, and community members from Pre-K through College who use children’s and young adult literature to promote intercultural understanding in the classroom, community, and university. What inquiry work do you do that expands perspectives on global and multicultural children’s literature? What challenges do you face in communicating diverse literature? How do you stay educated in literature, literacy, culture, social justice and language? Describe the connections children, adolescents, and adults make as they engage with texts and the new literacy practices that surround diverse literature. We invite you to join us in sharing your investigations and innovations.

Submission deadline: November 15, 2016

Unthemed manuscripts are accepted at any time, but must be submitted before the November 15 deadline to be included in the upcoming issue.

Submit your manuscript now using our online form.

Literacy Community Dedicated Issue

We invite literacy communities to submit a proposal to assemble an issue of WOW Stories around a theme related to their use of multicultural or global literature to create intercultural understanding with students. Each 2-3 page proposal should include a description of the theme, a schedule for developing the vignettes, and the names of the authors who wish to contribute to the issue as well as the name of the main contact person. The issue should begin with a short introduction outlining the theme and introducing readers to the literacy community whose work is featured. The issue should include five or more vignettes centered around the theme.

Literacy communities include any group of educators from a particular school, library, project, writing group, or university course. Collaborating on an issue provides a community with an opportunity to reflect on their work together and grow in their own understandings and to share their work with a broader public. We encourage submissions of proposals and plan to publish two issues a year that are based on a specific community. Proposals for an issue will be submitted to our editorial board.

See Volume I, Issue 1 and Volume I, Issue 2 for examples of an issue compiled by a particular community of educators. Email us with questions or to express interest in submitting a proposal for an issue.

Submissions for literacy community issues are accepted at any time.

Submit your manuscripts now using our online form.

For specific questions or inquiries about WOW Stories, contact the editor, Tracy Smiles, at

Manuscripts should:

•Describe a classroom or library practice (K-12) that promotes intercultural understanding using literature
•Address an audience of fellow teachers using a story or vignette describing specific instances.
•Include student voices where appropriate through quotes, examples of student work, audio, or video clips.
•Include charts, graphs, student work, bulleted points, and/or figures wherever possible to vary the format and enhance the content.
•Be less than 2000 words.

These manuscripts will be sent for review to our editorial board. Decisions will be made up to two months prior to submission.

Read the journal to see examples of the types of manuscripts that we are seeking and check back here for submission guideline updates.

Do not submit your manuscript to WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom if it is under consideration for a different journal or publication. Your manuscript must represent original work and cannot have been published previously.

Manuscripts sent to the Editorial Review Board will undergo blind review. To facilitate this process, names of the authors should not appear in the body of the manuscript or in any headings or citations. The title page with author contact information should be emailed in a separate file from the body of the manuscript. If there is more than one author, the title page should indicate who the main contact person is.

The review process will take up to two months.

Citations and References

Manuscripts should be in APA style. Please check your references to make sure they are formatted correctly.

When citing a source within a sentence use present tense. For example:
“Rosenblatt (1978) writes that transactional theory…..”
“According to Short (1997), children’s literature is…..”


While the language of WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is English, we encourage authors to include student voices in the language used during the learning engagement. However, please provide translations whenever possible.

In written dialogue the translation should go in brackets immediately after the home language.

  • Yo voy en el bús a que mi nana. [I take the bus to my grandmother’s.]
  • En mi casa todos ayudan, porque así es. Dice mi pa’ que todos tienen que hacer algo, no pueden hacer nada. [At my house everyone helps, because that’s how it is. My dad says that everyone has to do something, they can’t do nothing.]

Figures, Tables, Images, and other Media

If you are including student voices in a language other than English through a video, audio file or podcast, please provide subtitles or an English translation. If this is not possible, integrate an English-language summary into the manuscript so that the reader understands why the video or audio was included in the manuscript.

We encourage the use of figures, tables, images, and multimedia that enhance the content of the article and take advantage of the journal’s electronic format. While your manuscript is undergoing review, these should be integrated into the manuscript and may be lower quality for quick downloading by reviewers.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you are responsible for getting it publication-ready:

  • Provide web-quality images and media. Images that are not web-quality will not be published.
    • Move each figure or table to a separate file. The text of the manuscript along with each figure, table, or other image should be emailed in separate files. Each file should be labeled by Author’s last name Figure/Table Number. For example:

Schall figure 1
Gonzalez table 3

  • All images should be titled and an indication must be made where to insert them into the manuscript to connect them to the text. This can be basic, or more detailed. For example:

[Insert Schall Figure 1: Sabrina’s Response Journal]

[Insert Schall Figure 1: Sabrina’s response journal indicates family reading time was more successful in helping her make connections]

  • Images should not be sent as Word documents. Graphics should be either in GIF or JPEG format. All tables should be formatted using the Table tool (versus using tabs).
  • If your image was generated in Word (such as a table or chart), it can be saved as a PDF by going to print it but using the PDF option instead. If it is an image placed in Word, then the image needs to be right clicked on and saved as a JPEG.


We prefer first generation images. The resolution needs to be at least 640 x 480 but 800 x 600 is preferred. We accept the following formats:

  • JPEG (use only the maximum quality compression setting)
  • TIFF
  • BMP
  • GIF


A video file submitted for consideration for publication should be in complete and final format and at as high a resolution as possible. Any editing of the video will be the responsibility of the author. Video files should be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • MP4
  • QuickTime
  • WMV
  • MPEG
  • RealMedia

For video files over 8MB, authors may be asked to submit a CD or jump drive rather than sending it electronically.


An audio file submitted for consideration for publication should be in complete and final format. Any editing of the audio file will be the responsibility of the author.

We accept files in MP3 or iTunes format.

Consent Forms

We require consent-to-publish forms from each author.

Additionally, if you are quoting student work or student talk in your manuscript, YOU MUST HAVE INFORMED CONSENT from the student and/or parents. We will not publish a manuscript unless we have proof of consent. To show informed consent you may either:

  • Use the WOW Stories form and have each student and/or parent complete and sign the forms.
  • Copy the informed consent forms that you used when you did the research or classroom engagement and send those forms to the editor. If you choose this option, be aware that your students will no longer be anonymous since the editor will have access to their real names.
  • Write a blanket letter of consent stating that you have those forms in hand but are not sharing them to maintain the privacy of the students. If this is the case, you need to provide a blank copy of your permission form with your letter. This must be the sole purpose of your letter—don’t include other issues regarding your article in the content of the letter. Mail the blanket letter of consent and the blank copy of your permission form to the editor.

Use the WOW Stories form and have each student and/or parent complete and sign the forms.

Publication Considerations

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors must submit consent-to-publish forms, professional affiliation forms, and student consent forms along with the manuscript and related files in the electronic format as required. If paperwork or electronic files are not completed the manuscript will not be published.