Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original and not currently under review by another publication. Please carefully review our Publishing Agreement and Terms of Use before submitting (you implicitly accept both upon submission). If you’ve got something you’d like to submit for publication, send us an email with “submission” in the subject. Feel free to either send completed pieces or queries (no rough drafts, please): submissions@nomosjournal.org.

Written submissions should be formatted as Microsoft Word documents (doc, docx); if you’re working in a different format, just let us know (we’re big fans of FLOSS; Microsoft just tends to be the standard). All original artwork and photography (and accompanying images) should be sent in medium-high resolution at least 1000px wide (jpg, png). If your work is accepted for publication, you will be consulted for any possible edits.

Please only send final drafts unless otherwise indicated, and include a 1-2 sentence abstract/excerpt (excluding poetry and any other extenuating instances). Please also include a brief bio with your submission and indicate whether or not you would like an email address, website, support link (see What’s In It For Me?), or any other contact information (e.g., any social media pages) to be displayed with the piece upon publication.

Occasional and one-off contributions are great, but we really encourage anyone interested in regularly contributing to consider starting a column.

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Specific guidelines for each category are outlined below, but be sure to see our general format guidelines before submitting.

Format Guidelines

Articles engaging the scope of the journal tend to follow a traditional format for academic pieces, but much more concise and accessible to a public audience. A “conversational” tone is preferred in most instances. These should be 1500-3000 words in length, but exceptions can be made – just clear it with us first. Supporting artwork or photography, though not required, is also preferred and encouraged; you must have either the rights to any accompanying images or the permission to use them.

Essay submissions include all types of creative nonfiction (e.g., reflective, opinion, critical, narrative) that address our scope. Essays should also be 1500-3000 words in length, with the possibility for exceptions as well. Supporting artwork or photography follow the same guidelines as Articles.

Poetry that is selected for publication will reflect our scope either through elements associated with self-transformation and self-exploration or the creative use of rhyme and rhythm in an engagement of meaningful cultural productions and practices. Multiple styles and formats will be accepted, and exceptions can be made in terms of typical formatting procedures. We realize that pairing poetry with accompanying artwork or photography might be against the norm in certain instances; if you would prefer to avoid doing so, we can use a generic image (or our logo) instead – just let us know.

Photography might capture a unique manifestation of something meaningful in the world, or a scene that critically engages meaning-making processes. Photographs should also be titled or labeled; a brief descriptive passage is optional, and likely depends on the nature of the piece.

Artwork should follow the same guidelines as photographs. Realist and conceptual works are considered, along with abstract and visionary pieces that explore religio-spiritual dimensions and the inner workings of the psyche. Artwork should also be titled or labeled; a brief descriptive passage is optional, and likely depends on the nature of the piece.

Interviews that are not conducted by members of the editorial team should be queried prior to submission. Guidelines for these will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Reviews are new in 2018, which means yours might be the first – as in, one of the representative examples of the category. We might hone this in a bit into something a little more narrow and refined, but right now we’re interested in reviews for pretty much any cultural productions relevant to our scope. Keep these around 1500 words at max, too. Blanketed praise isn’t nearly as interesting to us as critical evaluation.

Review Process

You will be contacted within a few days to indicate we’ve received your submission; if you haven’t heard from us after a week, please send another message. All items will go through an initial screening by the editorial team to determine suitability for publication and adherence to the journal’s scope. Full consideration and review is usually completed in about two weeks. If you haven’t heard from us after that, please check in. You will be contacted with a decision after the review period.