Hello comrades! We are Regeneration Magazine, the official magazine of the Marxist Center. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description and include “PITCH” in the subject line. If accepted, we will ask you to email it to us in a reply as an attached document (no PDFs please). To help us more effectively edit and review your piece, we ask that you read this page detailing our Submission Guidelines prior to writing and sending us your final draft. We encourage you to submit opinion and editorial pieces, long-form essays, creative writing, photojournalism, review articles, and full-length research articles (as well as combinations of these). Word limits for all submissions are 7,500 words with the exception of op-eds (1,500 words) and review articles (5,000 words).
If you are interested in submitting artwork to be utilized on the website, please follow the same email procedure and attach final drafts to the email. If you are inquiring whether we are soliciting artwork and want to work with us on something custom for the website, please state that and your initial ideas and attach some works from your portfolio. We are very excited to work with photographers and artists too so we actively encourage you to reach out to us!
Regeneration Magazine’s main activity is to be an outlet for the Marxist Center, its member organizations, and individual affiliates. The instructions for authors described by Historical Materialism concisely illustrate our motivation and perspective for pieces submitted to us, so please keep this information in mind: “…we seek clear and accessible contributions aimed at an interdisciplinary readership. Simple phrasing is preferred and unnecessary neologisms and jargon are to be avoided. Writers are urged to avoid repetitive phrasing and word use as well as clichés and overused idiomatic phrases (such as ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ and suchlike). Please avoid split infinitives.”
We strive to be an accessible and inclusive publication and implore you to keep in mind the need for us “to be patient educators and dedicated organizers, and not inaccessible & mean-spirited weirdos who treat Marxism (or any other topic or foundational praxis) like a cliquey online sub-culture” as Brett from Revolutionary Left Radio so precisely described in a recent Twitter thread. Below are other general guidelines, by no means exhaustive. Thank you for your interest in contributing to Regeneration Magazine— we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Contact email: editors at regenerationmag dot org — email@example.com
IMPORTANT: General Submission Guidelines
- Please include your name and pronouns with your submission. If you wish to use a pen name or be listed as “Anonymous” in your byline, please clearly state that at the top of your attached submission in the email reply. If you wish for us to publish a tagline along with your article, please include it (up to two sentences) at the bottom of the attached submission.
- Use AP Style guidelines for news writing and APA Style guidelines for longer research articles. Keep citational practices consistent.
- Footnotes should only be used to clarify content briefly and provide copyright information, placing the citation outside of punctuation (but within parentheses when applicable). We encourage you to include your sources as hyperlinks of the relevant text when referencing online articles.
- Example 1: The root word “bildung” has a variety of connotations in German, including “portrait, picture, shaping, and formation.”1
- Example 2: They could not believe their eyes when the professor came into the classroom with a large box of kittens (but this behavior is not news for university administrators3).
- Please include a full list of references at the bottom of your article in the citational style you used for the piece. This requirement holds whether or not you use in-text link citations. This helps us to verify sources quickly.
- Please reference The Punctuation Guide for proper usage of apostrophes for contractions, plurals and possessives along with exceptions to these rules.
- Do not begin sentences with conjunctions. Re-work the sentence(s) if starting with a conjunction seems to be necessary.
- We encourage you to not use contractions in your piece and will only accept them in limited scenarios.
- Capitalize the first letter letter of specific cultural and ethnic groups. See Crenshaw (1991) for further argument for why we capitalize specific cultural groups but not “white” or “people of color” (depending on the context).
- Proper examples: Black woman, Vietnamese boy, Latinx people
- Do not use plurals of identities e.g. Blacks, Gays, whites, etc.
- Proper examples: Black people, gay men, white women, women of color etc.
- Use identity-first language as it figures colloquially. People-first language often presents disabilities and other structures as separate from the person themselves.
- Proper examples: disabled people, autistic students, Black disabled women etc.
- Do not use the words “females” and “males” as nouns and out of context. If you are referring to a woman, write “woman” (not “females”) and if you are referring to a man, write “man” (not “males”).
- Minimize the use of passive voice outside of instances where the actor is unknown or a general truth is being stated; otherwise use the active voice. For example, avoid “The dog was walked” and instead use “We walked the dog.”
- Limit the use of scare quotes unless it is evident from the text why the scare quotes are being used.
- Explicitly identify the people and organizations you reference within the context of your article when introducing them for the first time e.g. “The sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois…” or “…abolitionist and geography professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore.” From then on out, use their last name. This helps a reader to contextualize people and organizations they may not be familiar with.
- Minimize redundancies, empty phrases and needlessly complex structures.
- Make sure tenses, analogies, points of view, are consistent across conceptual development and agree with one another.