Author guidelines

Style Guide

At ASAP/J, we value the intimacy and immediacy of conversation. To this end, we provide a forum for scholars, writers, and artists to converse with one another in ways that eschew publication in traditional academic publications.

Given our broad readership base, we prefer an informal conversational style over writing that is too heavy with esoteric academic jargon.

We also encourage formally inventive, visual pieces in a range of genres on the contemporary arts—from digital exhibitions to artistically mapping a complex bit of code.

Author guidelines for features and reviews

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word.
  • Word counts are max. 4000 words for features and max. 1500 words for reviews.
  • Interviews, dialogues, and clusters should include an introduction of 200-500 words.
  • Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style using endnotes for citations. You may use digital referencing to hyperlink to relevant sources including videos, news stories, etc. We don’t require a Works Cited or Bibliography.
  • If the contribution includes any materials (e.g., quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts, other graphics) taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them in electronic formats, secure high-resolution image files (300dpi or better), and pay any permissions fees. Please share high resolution images using either Dropbox or Google drive.
  • If you share images with us via a digital folder (preferred), please indicate where an image should be placed within a piece with [PLACE FIGURE X HERE; CAPTION] on its own line within the written submission.
  • You’re welcome to include images and / or video in the body of your text if necessary or it helps to specify layout preferences. If you do so, please place images between paragraphs for ease of layout in WordPress. Please also add a caption.
  • ASAP/J does not accept features or reviews that have been previously published in any language; submissions simultaneously under review by other forums will not be considered.
  • ASAP/J does not publish unsolicited creative submissions, though we do encourage critical work in creative formats.
  • If you have pitched a cluster and it has been approved, you will receive a cluster editorial checklist to work through before submission.