Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. RDYL is published twice a year; some issues will center around a particular theme.

CURRENT CFP for RDYL Issue 1.2:

We are still seeking submissions for Part Two, a special forum titled “Life, Death, and Activism In Youth Media and Culture,” guest edited by writer, emerging scholar, and RDYL advisory board member Breanna McDaniel. RDYL is committed to providing space for urgent conversations affecting underrepresented communities, and specifically communities disproportionately affected by violence. Therefore, we invite interviews and articles that address how children and adolescents activate to decenter, resist, and claim space within Black Lives Matter, March For Our Lives, gun violence, the school to prison pipeline, the new Jim Crow, etc.

  • How do young people respond to and resist institutional or government violence?
  • How do they enact multi-layered strategies of activism, protest, and change?
  • How do young people maintain hope?
We are especially interested in submissions from young people whose voices have been overlooked by mainstream media coverage.

Pieces may be up to 1,200 words (5-6 double-spaced pages), including footnotes and Works Cited, and use MLA 8, as relevant.

Please submit complete essays by Sept 1, 2018. Download and share the CFP PDF.


  • 2018
    1. Volume 1, Issue 1 (June) Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors
    2. Volume 1, Issue 2 (December) unthemed, with a special section themed "Life, Death, and Activism In Youth Media and Culture," guest edited by Breanna McDaniel
  • 2019
    1. Volume 2, Issue 1 (June) Queer Futurities, guest edited by Dr. Angel Daniel Matos and Dr. Jon M. Wargo
    2. Volume 2, Issue 2 (December) unthemed

Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1 (2018) #OwnVoices Scholars Respond to "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors"

Front Matter


Editors' Introduction
Gabrielle Atwood Halko and Sarah Park Dahlen


Book Review