Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature is a print journal designed to celebrate the intersection of literature with the world of play, games, and sport.

Subscription to the journal is included with membership in the SLA. 

Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature publishes works about sport and sport literature, including original fiction and poetry, juried scholarly and critical essays, and book reviews. It is indexed by the Modern Language Association, Humanities International Complete, ThomsonGale, Ebsco, and LA84.

Now available for download: an index to Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.

Guidelines for Submission

All submissions must relate to sport in some way

1. Sport-themed poetry should be sent to the Poetry Editor, sport-themed fiction to the Fiction Editor.

2. Scholarly and critical essays on sport literature, the rhetoric of sport, and cultural-studies approaches to sport texts should be sent to the Nonfiction Editor. Essays for Aethlon should address treatments of sport in texts or textual media (print, film, performance, digital or other media).

3. Creative non-fiction should be sent to the Nonfiction Editor. Avoid narrative of merely personal interest (anecdotes of How We Won the Big Game or How I Finished That Marathon). But please do send non-fiction stories and essays about sport and its surrounding culture.

4. We do not publish studies of sport that are primarily sociological or historical. We do not publish sabermetric studies, economic analyses, or topical sportswriting.

5. Submissions should be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

6. Manuscripts should be double spaced.

7. Manuscripts should be in MLA style.

8. Author’s name should appear on the title page only.

9. Manuscripts must be in English except for non-English quotations.

10. Electronic submissions are preferred, but hard-copy submissions are OK too.

Aethlon Editors

Editor in Chief

Mark Baumgartner
Sport Literature Association
Box 70270 ETSU
Johnson City, TN 37614


Scott D. Peterson
Department of English
470 Lucas Hall
University of Missouri
1 University Blvd
ST. Louis MO 63121


Ron Smith
616 Maple Ave
Richmond VA 23226


Michele Schiavone

Book Reviews

Duncan Jamieson
Dept of History
401 College Avenue
Ashland University
Ashland, OH 44805

Social Media Editor

Kasey Symons
Sport Innovation Research Group
Swinburne University of Technology
John St, Hawthorn,
VIC, Australia, 3122

Emeritus Editorial Board

Don Johnson
East Tennessee State University (US)

Editorial Board

Susan Bandy
The Ohio State University (US) (RET)

Judy Hakola
University of Maine (US)

Jeremy Larance
West Liberty University (US)

Don Morrow
University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Mark Noe
Pennsylvania College of Technology (US)

Michael Oriard
Oregon State University (US)

Michelle Sanders
Abilene Christian University (US)

Michele Schiavone
Marshall University (US)

Jeff Segrave
Skidmore College (US)