Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

2022 Submissions

We are living in interesting and accelerating times! As we move forward through this year, we at Perspectives on Anarchist Theory are reflecting on how the events of the past few years have been continually shifting the ground beneath our feet on a collective level. How do we keep our balance when the earth won’t stand still?

Throughout the production timeline of the Power issue, we wrestled with how to respond in our work to the ongoing uprisings and global pandemic. Between the first call for submissions and the final copy edits, it felt like the entire world had changed. We realized we needed a way to integrate as much dynamic, topical material as possible while keeping in mind the value of the print issue as a useful and relevant cultural object.

With that in mind, our next print issue will follow a different publishing process than before. 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. We are interested in critical essays, book reviews, and creative pieces.

This time around, we have a special interest in writing that addresses one or more of the following:

  • Black and Indigenous anarchisms
  • Racial justice and the Movement for Black Lives
  • Mutual aid
  • Police abolition
  • Queer liberation and trans rights
  • Xenophobia and anti-Asian racism
  • On-going climate and ecological crisis
  • Anarchisms outside the US
  • Post-pandemic reflections
  • Antifascism and community self-defense
  • Community care and collective healing
  • Worker’s rights and labor organizing
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Border politics

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. We are also most interested in pieces that are less than 15,000 words with a special focus on shorter pieces (less than 8,000 words) that would be best suited to publishing in the print issue.

When submitting a query, you’ll be asked to include a short summary as well as a quick biographical statement. These forms will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with all pitches receiving consideration from the collective within eight weeks. Selected work will be published online. All essays posted will be considered for the yearly print issue as well.

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 published on the IAS website before submitting.

Send any other questions or queries to: perspectivesonanarchisttheory@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

(Art, “Love Supreme,” by Erin Bree, of Gallery of the Streets)

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