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Submission Guidelines

liquid blackness follows the formatting and reference guidelines stipulated by The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, and the liquid blackness style guide. We encourage submissions of bold and innovative contributions addressing points of convergence between Black studies and aesthetic theory, practice and praxis. We welcome submissions of traditional and experimental essays, visual and textual art, video, and other artistic work accompanied by an artist statement. All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, undergo single-blind peer review by at least two field specialists. Please submit manuscripts for consideration to
The Editorial Process

liquid blackness is committed to publishing issues that have a thematic, methodological, or formal consistency. We welcome work that responds to our current Calls for Papers and open call submissions.

Proposals for special issues from guest editors must include a title; abstract describing the theme; list of confirmed contributors with brief bios and paper abstracts; list of possible reviewers; and publication timeline (the expected date for the first drafts).
General Information on Formats

Articles should be 3,000–5,000 words in length.

Short Pieces (interviews, roundtables, artist statements and other commentary, art reviews, and other creative “nontraditional” scholarship) should be 1,500–3,000 words in length.

Questions about submitting visual and sonic material should be directed to
Additional Submission Guidelines
  • All submissions that produce significant original thought in written, visual, or sonic form must include five keywords and an abstract of approximately 250 words that describes the piece’s topic, methodology, and central argument.
  • Written submissions should be Word or RTF files, not PDFs.
  • Written submissions must be accompanied by at least one image (with credit and permissions).
  • Audiovisual submissions can be submitted in the following formats: mp3, .mp4, .wav, .wma, .au, .m4a, .mpg, .mpeg, .mov, .avi, .wmv., html. (Executable files (.exe) are not acceptable.)
Minimum image resolution is 300 dpi.
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