Call for papers



«La sociedad presente como materia novelable»

On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Benito Pérez Galdós, we borrow the title of the speech he delivered upon his acceptance to the Spanish Royal Academy, “Present-Day Society as Material for the Novel”, in order to dedicate this thematic volume to what could be called “Galdos’s modus scribendi”, which made him one of the greatest and most prolific novelists in Spanish language.

However, in addition to new studies of Pérez Galdós’s work, we would like to dedicate this number specially to studies concerning the works and authors of narrative prose that, in any period of the history of literature, shared the concerns, the desires, and the insight of the great Canarian writer, i.e., observation, criticism, or satire of the society of their time, accompanied by a profound humanistic and enlightened commitment to that society.

Although the volume focuses on Spanish and Spanish-American literature, we would like to extend the scope of research to comparative studies, as long as they are written in one of the languages of the Iberian Peninsula.

Finally, we open this call for papers also to studies on stylistics and sociolinguistics, provided that they focus on narrative prose.


The number will be dedicated to Juan Octavio Prenz (1932-2019), poet, novelist, translator and the first professor of Spanish and Spanish-American literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.


Verba Hispanica is an internationally renowned scientific journal of linguistics and literature in which original works can be published in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, or Galician. In Slovenia it is the only scientific journal in which the scientific achievements in the field of linguistics and literary studies of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America are presented. The main mission of Verba Hispanica is to disseminate and contribute to the academic and professional community unpublished research of quality and relevance. It has been published annually since 1991.

Both the abstracts and the papers received will be submitted to double-blind review in order to verify the relevance of the article within the thematic field as well as to the scientific rigor of investigation. The resolution will be communicated, indicating the acceptance, rejection or possible modifications of the proposals in order to meet the established requirements.

The journal appears in the following bases: MLA (Modern Languages Association), DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), ERIH PLUS, and BL Bibliographie Linguistique, REDIB, Dialnet, among others.


Abstract Submission Deadline: March 30th, 2020

Notice of Acceptance: April 15th, 2020

The abstract (150-200 words) should provide the following sections in a concise manner: delimitation of the proposed topic, review of previous research, research objectives, methodology and 5 key words. 

Article Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2020

Notice of Acceptance: September 30th, 2020

Publication: December 2020


Abstracts and Contributions to be sent to:,,