The Gaskell Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication dedicated to disseminating the most authoritative, dynamic and agenda-setting research in Gaskell Studies. Published annually, it is distributed to academic libraries across the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Japan; and also given free of charge to the 600 members of the Gaskell Society.

The Journal is also available, full-text, from Volume 20 (2006) onward in libraries which subscribe to the Literature Online package through ProQuest.  Volumes 1-19 are available through libraries that subscribe to ProQuest’s separate database  Periodicals Archive Online.  Additionally, Volumes 1 through to two years ago are available full-text online in JSTOR’s Lives of Literature.  This database can be accessed through subscribing libraries as well as by individual researchers (see for individual access details).

The Gaskell Journal invites essays of between 6,000 and 7,000 words on all aspects of Gaskell studies. We also welcome reviews and shorter articles of biographical interest. Please see Instructions for Authors.

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the 2022 Joan Leach Graduate Essay Competition is Hannah E. Scupham, from the University of Kansas. The essay, entitled ‘The Desiring Gaze, Affective Narration, and Sexual Realism in North & South’ will be published in our 2022 Gaskell Journal, due in the autumn. Our congratulations to her.

The deadline for the next Gaskell Society Graduate Essay Competition  is 1st February 2024 – see the  Graduate Essay Prize page for details.

The Journal is published by the Gaskell Society and supported by a host of Gaskell Society events, conferences, public readings, meetings and reading groups held across the country.