Submission Guidelines 

BLOG SUBMISSION: Accepted year-round

We are excited to regularly feature op-eds and commentary on current events, debates, and issues facing the Black community. Accepted year-round, blog submissions should be between 750-1000 words and will receive editorial support from the journal’s staff.  Artwork, photography, and multimedia are also welcome. Please submit a headshot and short bio with your post. Have an idea you’d like to pitch? Shoot us an email:


To be published in April 2020, the print edition welcomes contributions that speak to anti-Blackness in American policymaking and how we can implement anti-racist policy moving forward. Please find more information on the call for content blog post.

We want to hear from you.

Eligible Formats  

  • Original articles with strong arguments, a compelling narrative, and clear policy recommendations; if previously published, HJAAP must be given permission to republish
    • 1,500-3,000 words
  • Op-ed style commentaries 
    • 750-1,000 words
  • Research articles
    • 2,500 to 5,000 words
  • Reviews of books, movies, speakers, panels, or conferences
    • 1,000 to 2,500 words
  • Creative content such as photo essays, illustrations, artwork, etc. All other places where the piece is published should be noted.
  • Interviews with scholars, community leaders, students, activists, or political actors

All submissions must: 

  • Be author’s original work
  • Be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Include a cover page with the submission title, author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, daytime telephone number, and a brief biography of no more than 150 words
  • Include any citations as endnotes formatted in adherence with the Chicago Manual of Style (
  • Include any figures, tables, and charts as separate files

Authors are required to cooperate with editing and fact-checking.

E-mail entries to:

Mail entries to: Harvard Journal of African American Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138