Submissions

The Political Theology Network welcomes submissions from scholars, religious leaders, and activists.

Essays for the online journal should be between one and two thousand words and conform to the Style and Format Guidelines below. In addition to completed essays, we are also glad to receive proposals for symposia on topics within the broad ambit of political theology. Essays and proposals can be submitted to submissions@politicaltheology.com.

We publish:

  • Theoretically substantive commentary on current events;
  • Reviews of classic and key texts in the range of fields at the intersection of religion and politics;
  • Book previews of forthcoming or recently published works;
  • Interviews of activists, scholars, or religious leaders;
  • Announcements, calls for proposals, etc. that would be of interest to the wider Political Theology Network.

Articles for the print journal may be submitted to Political Theology through its online submission system.

Style and Format Guidelines:

The Political Theology Network publishes short, popularly accessible essays for a wide, educated readership. These short essays should be relatively jargon free but evidence engagement with the themes, concepts, and figures of political theology, broadly construed.

  1. Articles should be 1,000 to 2,000 words in length. If you have a lot to say and it is necessary to exceed these limits, we encourage you to consider breaking your submission into multiple parts, or separate essays. We are always on the lookout not only for symposia with more than one author, but interesting themes that can be serialized.
  2. Paragraphs should be no longer than three or four sentences. If sentences are long, two at maximum. The lead sentence should be written to stand out and to state the general thesis of the article.
  3. Footnotes should not be used unless absolutely necessary. “Explanatory” footnotes should never be used, but incorporated into the general text. To cite publishing information for a book, provide an inline link to the book (preferably amazon.com, but if not available at the latter, use a link to books.google.com) with the title always in italics and the box to open the link on a separate page always checked.   Page numbers should be put in parentheses at the end of the quote. Thus, for example: Agamben writes in Homo Sacer that “the Greeks had no single word to express what we mean by the word ‘life’”.
  4. Unless you have your account access as an editor or contributor, submit your article in an MS-Word, or Word-compatible, file. Do not, however, put links in the Word text, but add them in brackets in the spot where you want the link. For example: “According to an article in  The Huffington Post<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-j-reid-jr/when-bernie-met-francis_b_9716228.html>, Bernie Sanders made a much-discussed visit recently to Pope Francis at the Vatican.”
  5. All submissions should have the following:
    • A title that is short, snappy, and preferably without a subtitle.
    • An excerpt, which is a one sentence hook or description of the article.
    • A featured image that is either owned by the author with permission for the Political Theology Network to use, or licensed for the creative commons. (See, for example, flickr.com.)
    • A bio of no more than 300 words, written in the third person.
  6. Submission can include images, pull quotes, and other features.