Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School

Now accepting submissions for the second edition of the Journal. Our inaugural edition was successfully published last year, and we encourage you to consider writing or submitting content for the Journal this year.

In an effort to receive quality and diverse pieces for this year’s Journal, we respectfully request that you send this Call for Submissions to friends and colleagues you believe could make an excellent contribution to the Journal. We need your help in ensuring the second edition is as successful as the first one. The deadline for submissions proposals is October 28, 2011.

Please feel free to contact us at this email with any questions you may have. The Call for Submissions is below and is available online here:

David Dodge and Elliot Imse

Write a research article or commentary, conduct an interview, or submit videos or photos for the second edition of the

Proposal Submissions Deadline: October 28, 2011

The LGBTQ Policy Journal of the Harvard Kennedy School is a student-run, nonpartisan review dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary work on policy-making and politics including and impacting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities and individuals. We strive to improve the quality of public policies affecting LGBTQ communities by furthering reflection and debate on the complex economic, political, and social consequences of public policy regimes for LGBTQ persons.

We are currently accepting submissions for our second print volume, which will be published this Spring 2012. Our online edition is updated throughout the academic year, and submissions can be sent at any time. The first print edition, available for purchase online, included essays and opinion pieces from prestigious individuals in government, academics and community advocates. For the online edition of the Journal, we are accepting interview transcripts, photo essays or videos, as well as articles or commentaries that are shorter than the print edition requirements. Submissions for the online edition are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted and published at any time.

For the print edition, we seek papers that explore the impact of public policies on LGBTQ communities around the world, the role of LGBTQ individuals, communities, and allies in shaping public policy, or provide new insight into policy dilemmas and solutions from an LGBTQ perspective. We also welcome articles and commentaries that consider traditional areas of policy debate — economic, political and social — and analyze the implications for the advancement of LGBTQ interests.

To be considered for publication in the Journal, please submit a proposal no more than two double-spaced pages in length by October 28, 2011. In the proposal, please include:

  • A summary of your argument or research topic
  • A description of any work or research you have done on the topic so far (if any)
  • A description of sources, research and/or interviews you plan to use
  • An estimate of the word length you expect the article or commentary to be
  • Your full name, email address, phone number, and current affiliation

Additionally, please include a previous writing sample of your choosing (published articles are preferable, but not required). These samples do not count towards your two page submission limit. Completed proposals should be emailed to lgbtq_journal(at)

Authors will be notified early November about the status of their proposal. If selected, the first draft of the article or commentary is due December 18, 2011, and will require time-intensive editing and rewriting during the month of January in coordination with our editors. Below are final article requirements:
Research articles should be 3,000-6,000 words and include a maximum 100-word abstract.
Commentaries should be 500-3,000 words.
Work must be original and unpublished.
Citations should be formatted as endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Footnotes are not accepted.
A cover letter should include the author’s name, address, e-mail address, daytime phone number, and a brief biography.
Authors are required to cooperate with editing and fact-checking, and to comply with Journal-mandated deadlines.  Authors who fail to meet these requirements may not be published.

The LGBTQ Policy Journal will select papers for publication based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic to LGBTQ policy issues and timeliness to current policy debates
  • Originality of the ideas and depth of the proposed research
  • Sophistication and style of argument(s)
  • Contribution to scholarship and policy-making on LGBTQ issues

For more information, contact us at lgbtq_journal(at)