CFP: The 50th Anniversary of The Princess Bride


Signum University Press is pleased to announce a call for papers in honor of the 50th anniversary of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, to be released in 2024 and edited by Faith Acker and Maggie Parke. We welcome papers by experienced and renowned or young and emerging scholars, of all nationalities, genders, identities, and colors. Interested contributors may submit a 500-word abstract in English by 26 May 2023 to and Full drafts of 4,000-6,000 words maximumwill be due by 1 October 2023.

While existing academic scholarship on The Princess Bride is sparse, contributions should draw upon secondary criticism in relevant areas to situate their essays within existing critical conversations. The editors are happy to discuss options with prospective and accepted authors. While we are open to all approaches to the text and film, some starting points might include:

● Connections to traditions of folklore and fairy tales

● Connections to Goldman’s larger literary or cinematic canon

● Goldman’s frame narrative

● Critical (feminist, racial, socioeconomic, etc.) readings of the text

● Language and wordplay

● Misogyny and/in satire

● Cinematic adaptation

● Fandom and the role of fandom

● Afterlives of The Princess Bride

● The Princess Bride as a cultural icon

We expect completed chapters to be released in serial form beginning in 2024. When serial release has concluded, the chapters will be published in eBook, audiobook, and printed codex formats. The Signum University Press pays generous royalties: usually around 50% on net, which will be shared among all book authors and editors. Our authors are never asked to pay anything up front to offset publication costs. SUP also welcomes full book manuscripts on this and related topics. Learn more at For any further inquiries, contact us at


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