RSVP’s flagship journal, Victorian Periodicals Review, publishes the latest research in the vibrant and rapidly expanding field of 19th-century media studies. VPR features special issues, book reviews, announcements, and a biennial bibliography.
Subscribing to VPR automatically enrolls you as a member of RSVP, one of the most distinguished, dynamic, and collegial scholarly organizations in the world. RSVP has kept the cost of individual subscriptions low in order to make the riches of this splendid journal available to as many readers as possible.
Read our current issue on Project Muse:
Volume 54, Number 3, Fall 2021
The editor of VPR invites articles on the editorial and publishing history of Victorian periodicals. Emphasis is on the historical, critical, or bibliographical importance of periodicals in the history and culture of Victorian Britain, Ireland, and the Empire. Contributions should be written in MS Word and prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style. A VPR Style Guide is available from the editor. The author’s name should be removed from the manuscript before submission via email. More details can be found on our publisher’s page.
Editor, Victorian Periodicals Review
Department of English
South Dakota State University
Associate Editor, Victorian Periodicals Review
Department of English
University of Dayton
Those interested in reviewing books should fill out this brief online form.
Annual VPR Prizes
In addition to regular submissions, VPR hosts two annual competitions. Established in honor of one of RSVP’s founding members, the Rosemary VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay that investigates Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The Expanding the Field Prize is awarded annually to the essay that diversifies the geographic, racial, and ethnic composition of nineteenth-century periodical studies. It was inaugurated in 2022 in response to and in recognition of the unique role nineteenth-century periodicals can play in undisciplining Victorian studies from its White, Anglo/Eurocentric roots.
Winners of these prizes receive $500 and publication in Victorian Periodicals Review. Questions about the awards can be directed to VPR’s editor.
Special Issues of VPR
Special issues of VPR explore a particular theme under the management of a guest editor. Subscribers can read the following special issues and the full back catalog of VPR online at Project Muse (2005-present) and JSTOR (1968-2004). Please note that an individual or an institutional subscription may be necessary to access these databases.
- “The Book Review in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Laurel Brake, Fionnuala Dillane, and Mark Turner, guest editors (forthcoming)
- “Collaboration.” VPR 54.2 (Summer 2021). Jennifer Phegley, guest editor
- “Essays in Honor of Margaret Beetham.” VPR 53.4 (Winter 2020). Gemma Outen and Andrew Hobbs, guest editors
- “Honoring Sally Mitchell.” VPR 52.4 (Winter 2019). Katherine Malone, editor
- “Reassessing the Strand Magazine, 1891-1918.” VPR 52.2 (Summer 2019). Emma Liggins and Minna Vuohelainen, guest editors
- “Copying and Copyright, Publishing Practice and the Law.” VPR 51.4 (Winter 2018). Will Slauter, guest editor
- “Borders and Border Crossings in the Victorian Periodical Press.” VPR 51.3 (Fall 2018). Barbara Korte and Stefanie Lethbridge, guest editors
- “Domesticity, Culture, and the Victorian Press.” VPR 51.2 (Summer 2018). Julie Codell, guest editor
- “Honoring Linda Peterson.” VPR 50.2 (Summer 2017). Alexis Easley, editor
- “Our Golden Anniversary.” VPR 50.1 (Spring 2017). Alexis Easley, editor
- “Waterloo and Its Afterlife in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical and Newspaper Press.” VPR 48.4 (Winter 2015). Christopher Keirstead and Marysa Demoor, guest editors
- “A Return to Theory.” VPR 48.3 (Fall 2015). Matthew Philpotts, guest editor
- “Digital Pedagogies.” VPR 48.2 (Summer 2015). Clare Horrocks and Kim Edwards Keates, guest editors
- “Tradition and the New.” VPR 47.4 (Winter 2014). Natalie M. Houston and Margaret Beetham, guest editors
- “Work and Leisure.” VPR 46.3 (Fall 2013). Andrew King, guest editor
- “Victorian Networks and the Periodical Press.” VPR 44.2 (Summer 2011). Alexis Easley, guest editor
- “Supplements.” VPR 43.2 (Summer 2010). Marysa Demoor and Kate Macdonald, guest editors
- “Fortieth Anniversary Issue.” VPR 41.1 (Spring 2008). Rosemary T. VanArsdel, guest editor
- “Periodical Pedagogy.” VPR 39.4 (Winter 2006). Teresa Mangum, guest editor
- “Interdisciplinary Work and Periodical Connections.” VPR 38.2 (Summer 2005). Andrea Broomfield, guest editor
- “Australian, New Zealand, and South African Periodicals.” VPR 37.4 (Winter 2004). Rosemary VanArsdel, guest editor
- “The Nineteenth-Century Press in India.” VPR 37.3 (Summer 2004). Julie Codell, guest editor
- “The Cornhill Magazine.” VPR 32.3 (Fall 1999). Barbara Quinn Schmidt, guest editor
- “Victorian Women Editors and Critics.” VPR 31.1 (Spring 1998). D. J. Trela, guest editor
- “Nineteenth-Century Women and Periodicals.” VPR 29.2 (Summer 1996). D. J. Trela, guest editor
- “American Periodicals.” VPR 28.3 (Fall 1995). Benjamin Fisher, guest editor
- “Wellesley Index: The Eclectic Review, 1805-1868.” VPR 27.3 (Fall 1994). Mary Ruth Hiller, guest editor
- “Wellesley Index.” VPR 26.4 (Winter 1993). Richard D. Fulton, editor
- “Wellesley Index.” VPR 24.3 (Fall 1991). Robert Colby and Josef L. Altholz, guest editors
- “Art Issue II.” VPR 24.2 (Summer 1991). Julie Codell, guest editor
- “Art Issue I.” VPR 23.1 (Spring 1991). Julie Codell, guest editor
- “Athenaeum.” VPR 23.4 (Winter 1990). Barbara Quinn Schmidt, editor
- “Wellesley Index.” VPR 23.2 (Summer 1990). Robert Colby, guest editor
- “Athenaeum” VPR 23.1 (Spring 1990). Barbara Quinn Schmidt, editor
- “Critical Theory and Periodical Research.” VPR 22.3 (Fall 1989). Laurel Brake and Anne Humphreys, guest editors
- “Dickens Issue: Part Two.” VPR 22.2 (Summer 1989). J. Don Vann, guest editor
- “Dickens Issue.” VPR 21.4 (Winter 1988). J. Don Vann, guest editor
- “Kingsley and Macmillan’s Magazine.” VPR 19.4 (Winter 1986). Larry Uffelman and Patrick Scott, guest editors