Thank you for your interest in writing for Black Perspectives, a publication of the African American  Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). We are always looking for new  essays on various aspects of global black intellectual history, op-eds  on current events, and book reviews. We understand African American and  African diasporic thought in its broadest terms and encourage  interdisciplinary approaches to black intellectual history.

Writers should carefully review other articles on the site to familiarize themselves with content and style. All  submitted pieces will undergo a peer-review process and we reserve the  right to reject submissions that do not meet our expectations. We will do our best to review and respond to submitted guests posts within 2 weeks of submission.

Please carefully review the guidelines below before submitting your post:

First, all posts should be approximately 1000-1500 words long. Shorter posts are fine.

Second, please remember that you’re writing for a general audience. Use clear and compelling prose. And please avoid jargon. If you must use it, please define it for the reader.

Third, avoid the lengthy footnotes. You can and should feel  free to use footnotes but we prefer that you make good use of  hyperlinks. Rather than include ten footnotes to several books, consider  including fewer footnotes and a few hyperlinks directly to the books or  articles you are citing. Please use brackets to indicate the inclusion  of footnotes and hyperlinks i.e. [See] OR [1. See The Charleston Syllabus by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams and Keisha N. Blain (University of Georgia Press, 2016)]

Fourth, keep the title short. Avoid the historian’s  trend of including a very long quote in titles. And avoid using terms  that readers will not understand (again, stay away from the jargon).

Fifth, please proofread your posts. It goes without saying that we want to feature posts that reflect the high quality of the blog.

When you are ready, please send us your completed post with images (optional). Please note that we do not provide financial compensation to authors.