Perspectives: Submissions

What We’re Looking For

We are interested in critical essays, book reviews, creative pieces (including fiction and poetry), as well as visual art and comics. Our annual print issue will follow a year of online publishing and will appear early in 2024. Rather than putting out a call around a specific theme, we instead invite open submissions on any topic you feel is important, but with a desire for focus in particular areas. 

In addition to our list of topics below, we are interested in all pieces that specifically engage with some of this moment’s pressing news and events on local, national, and global levels. If you’re wondering if your piece might be relevant or you’re looking for a place to start in developing a pitch, we continue to be interested in pieces that address the following topics:

  • Black and Indigenous anarchisms
  • Racial justice and struggles for liberation and the Movement for Black Lives
  • Mutual aid initiatives
  • Police abolition and transformative justice
  • Queer liberation, gender equality, and trans rights
  • Immigrant rights and movements against borders, xenophobia and anti-asian racism 
  • On-going climate justice and the ecological crisis
  • Anarchisms outside the US
  • Post-pandemic reflections
  • Anti-fascism and community self-defense
  • Community care and collective healing
  • Worker’s rights and labor organizing

 How to Submit a Query

If you would like to submit a pitch for an essay, review, or creative piece (including visual art), please use this form. Please note that we are no longer accepting submissions of full articles without a query first. You’ll be asked to include a short summary as well as a quick biographical statement and a proposed timeline. 

These forms will be reviewed in the order received, with all pitches receiving consideration from the collective within eight weeks. We will publish essays on a rolling basis online, with all essays posted considered for the yearly print issue. 

We are currently accepting submissions through December 1st 2023. We will pause submissions between December and April of 2024 in order to go into production on the print issue. 

 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 with the writing process, particularly if you have never written for publication before. As with any publication, please familiarize yourself with our work before submitting (http://anarchiststudies.org).

Compensation for Contributors

We are happy to announce that we have recently approved the process and funds to begin paying authors and artists for contributions to Perspectives. We are offering a flat payment of $50 for all work that is completed and accepted for publication, including essays, reviews, creative work, and visual art.  

All submissions should meet the following format requirements:

  • Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for general format and citation guidelines.
  • Please share your essay as a Word doc.
  • Please use endnotes rather than footnotes and keep notes to a minimum.
  • Type your endnotes directly into the text.  Please do not use the “insert note” function in Word, as it is incompatible with our layout software.
  • Do not include page numbers on your manuscript.
  • Do not indent new paragraphs. Use a line break instead.
  • Please keep in mind that we seek to share these ideas with a broad readership; write in accessible, clear language.  Do not assume an academic audience.
  • Be sure to include your name and reliable contact information, as well as a brief (3-6 sentence) bio that you would like printed alongside your article.

Contact Info 

If you have any questions about the submission process or about Perspectives more generally, please feel free to reach out to perspectivesonanarchisttheory@gmail.com.  

 We look forward to hearing from you!

-the Perspectives collective