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 Journal 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 April 2019, the print edition welcomes contributions that speak to Life After Incarceration. The issue will focus on the lived experiences of formerly incarcerated people. 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 provided 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