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Call for Submissions: Perspectives No. 31, Imagination(s)

We know the importance of history—it teaches us about our origins and stories, it helps us understand the shape of the present, it provides cautionary tales and examples to follow. It gives us inspiration, wisdom, and role models—but it is also contained in the past. What are the visions that lead us forward into the future? What innovative, revolutionary forms have we yet to imagine?

Are you an organizer, an activist, a thinker, or a dreamer? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the IAS wants to hear from you.

This year, we want to hear your fantasies, your alternate realities, and your wildest dreams. We believe that we need more than just analysis and hard work to make a better world—it takes the courage to imagine beyond our circumstances into the fantastic and the impossible. In that spirit, our theme for 2019 is IMAGINATION(S).


(Art by Bec Young – just

In English, “imagination” is rooted in being able to picture something new in the mind’s eye; in Arabic, “مُخَيِّلة,” or mukhayyila, can suggest a trance or vision; in Chinese, “想像力,” or xiǎng xiàng lì, implies the power or ability to make a wish into an idea. Share with us your pictures, your visions, your wishes. Help us imagine what new worlds are possible, and what role imagination might play in bringing them about. We will be accepting submissions of most genres: essays, journalism, poetry, fiction, reviews, lists, photography, and comics.

Our deadline for the next print issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is January 1, 2019.

All essay submissions should conform to the following requirements:

  • Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for general format and citation guidelines.
  • Please use endnotes rather than footnotes. You must type your endnotes directly into the text (e.g. “Endnote (1)” rather than using superscript (e.g. “Endnote1.”) Do not use the “Insert Endnote” function in Microsoft Word, as it is incompatible with our layout software.
  • Do not use page numbers on your manuscript.
  • Do not indent new paragraphs. Use a full line break, instead.
  • Be sure to include your name and reliable contact information, as well as a brief (3-5 sentence) bio that you would like printed alongside your article.Please revise and prepare your manuscript as thoroughly as you can before sending it along for consideration. We strongly encourage you to read past issues of Perspectives to familiarize yourself with the length, voice, and style of work we tend to publish. Take care of proofreading and formatting before sharing your work. For poetry, comics, and other non-essay forms, please contact the editors for specific format requests.

    If you have a concept for an article but are unsure how to develop and refine the ideas or language, we are happy to help you out with the writing process, particularly if you have never written for publication before. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the January 1, 2019 deadline.

    Send your finished work or queries to:

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