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Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture is a peer-reviewed journal organized by graduate students in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).

The peer reviewers, much like the journal’s organizing members, are UTK graduate students, but there are also graduate-student evaluators from a variety of universities who review submissions for Vernacular. Collectively, the graduate-student reviewers specialize in the fields of linguistics, literature, and cultural studies in their respective languages (usually, but not limited to, French, German, or Spanish).

Vernacular is dedicated to sharing current academic investigations and creative works by current master’s and doctoral students in comparable disciplines from universities around the globe.

The journal accepts high-quality submissions of scholarly essays, book reviews, interviews, and translations, as well as short stories and poetry. We welcome entries written in English, French, German, or Spanish.

The window for submissions is open from the release of the Call for Papers (usually early fall semester) until mid-December (the end of the fall semester). The following spring semester is usually reserved for reviews and revisions; the publication’s release date is near the end of the spring semester (see "Call for Papers").