Aims and scope

The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is a peer reviewed, open access journal aiming to create a wider interest in this brilliant, original and witty writer. It features scholarly articles, previously unpublished archival works by Warner, and pieces by well-known contemporary writers describing their appreciation of Warner.

Although there has been a revival of Sylvia Townsend Warner's work in recent years, she remains an under-appreciated figure. Warner (1893-1978) was a highly individual writer of novels, short stories and poems, and a contemporary of writers such as Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Her first novel Lolly Willowes (1926) established her as a new literary talent and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina. She contributed short stories to the New Yorker for more than forty years, and went on to write six more novels ranging far and wide in time and place, dazzlingly full of what she called “the oddness of the world and the surprisingness of mankind”. Her reputation was re-established in the 1970s, when her work was published by the newly launched Virago Modern Classics imprint.

Publication frequency: The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is publishes one issue per year.

Journal ownership

The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is owned by the The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society which launched in January 2000 in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s home town of Dorchester by a group of enthusiasts, who assembled for an inaugural meeting at the Dorchester County Museum. The Society has since grown, and now hosts a variety of events in Dorchester and London. The aim of the Society is to promote a wide readership and a better understanding of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner, as well as a sense of community among readers, scholars, and admirers of her work.

The Society regularly organises visits to places connected with Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, including to Norfolk, Dorset, Essex, and Sussex. Each year, the writers’ birthdays are marked with a poetry reading in the churchyard of St. Nicholas, Chaldon Herring.

As well as publishing the Journal and Newsletter, the Society hosts an annual essay competition, the details of which will be posted on this website. The Society has also supported two conferences dedicated to the work of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, held in Dorchester in 2012 and Manchester in 2019.

Readers can find more information about the society at http://townsendwarner.com.

Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Committee

Chair: Janet Montefiore

Membership Secretary: Sarah Jane Pattison

Treasurer: Vacant

Journal Editor: Peter Swaab

Newsletter Editor: Kate Macdonald

Website: Hannah Berry


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Articles published in The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society are indexed in:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • OCLC
  • EBSCOHost
  • Google Scholar
  • Baidu
  • UCL Discovery

Article publication charges

UCL Press journals do not levy an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. Contributors to The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.

Open access policy

From December 2020, all articles published in The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 international licence agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY licence agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work.

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Peer review

The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society operates double anonymised peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised to each other during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Reviewers cannot be from the same institution as the author, based at any funding bodies connected to the paper and cannot be recommended by authors or anyone else connected to the paper. Author(s) should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on the UCL Press editorial policy pages (https://journals.uclpress.co.uk/site/editorial_policy).

Journal information

ISSN: 2398-0605


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Contact the journal

All general enquiries should be sent to the Editor, Prof Peter Swaab, at p.swaab [at] ucl.ac.uk.