Professional Wrestling Studies Journal: Call for Papers

Professional Wrestling Studies Journal

Special Issue: Queer Studies and Professional Wrestling

Anticipated Publication: Volume 5, April 2025

Guest Editors: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, Christopher J. Olson, and Hannah Steele

Purpose: Articles that explore the intersection of queer studies and professional wrestling studies to address a scholarship gap on the application of queer theory to explore professional wrestling individuals, texts, practices, and fandoms.

Submissions: Seeking empirical articles aligned with purpose that may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Queer representation
  • Queer narratives
  • Queer fans and fanworks 
  • Queer performance
  • Queer form
  • Queer identity
  • Corporate social responsibility and queer communities
  • Professional wrestling as a queer space

Deadlines: Two possibilities with this topic. First, we are seeking completed articles by the end of December, 2023, that could be included in the upcoming Volume 4, April 2024. These articles could be empirical or shorter theoretical and thesis articles on the topic. This volume would contain a special subsection on this topic. Completed articles would undergo double-blind peer review before being accepted for the subsection.

For the special issue in Volume 5, we would want first drafts of articles by May 31, 2024. All articles should be sent to with the subject header “Special Issue: Queer Pro Wrestling.” All submissions would be reviewed by the guest editors for appropriateness and alignment with the special issue topic. This would be followed by a peer-review process, a revision process, and final copyediting to prepare for publication. Thus, submission is not a guarantee of acceptance: the guest editors will work with the contributors to decide if the article could be included in the special issue or should be considered for the general journal.

Contact: Please contact CarrieLynn D. Reinhard ( with any questions.

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