LLC and SMWP Launch New Peer-Reviewed Practitioner Journal

The Literacy, Language, and Culture Department and the Southern Maine Writing Project are pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal that features practitioners’ writing. The inaugural issue of Wellspring: A Practitioner-Oriented Journal of Literacy and Language Education was published in July 2023. Wellspring features practitioner-oriented work in literacy and language education. The primary goal is to create space with, for, and by teachers, teachers-researchers, and teacher-writers to share insights from their practice.

Wellspring encourages submissions from practicing educators, defined broadly to include pre-service and in-service teachers, literacy specialists, literacy coaches, interventionists, ESOL teachers, adult language educators, librarians, school administrators, etc. The journal also encourages submissions from teacher education faculty provided the work is co-constructed with a practicing educator and does not simply report on research about practicing educators or their students.

Wellspring co-editors and Southern Maine Writing Project co-directors Andrea Stairs-Davenport and Rebecca Redlon say, “We created this journal to amplify teachers’ voices, to highlight their experiences and knowledges, and to make accessing good pedagogical resources on literacy and language education easier.”

A new issue will be published in Spring 2024. Submissions for the spring issue will be accepted until December 31st. For more information on submitting a manuscript, please visit the journal website at