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The Autoethnographer is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital literary and arts magazine. Our independent editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites unpublished, unsolicited, evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. We also invite reflections on performing autoethnography, interviews with or among autoethnographers, and news/resources. Simultaneous submissions to other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately should you decide to publish elsewhere. Please review the Contract and Publication Rights prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.


Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, and even a live performance when such expressions also investigate cultural experiences. The following may be of assistance:

We also recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Scholars across a wide spectrum of disciplines began to consider what social sciences would become if they were closer to literature than to physics, if they proffered stories rather than theories, and if they were self-consciously value-centered rather than pretending to be value free (BOCHNER, 1994). Many […] scholars turned to autoethnography because they were seeking a positive response to critiques of canonical ideas about what research is and how research should be done. In particular, they wanted to concentrate on ways of producing meaningful, accessible, and evocative research grounded in personal experience, research that would sensitize readers to issues of identity politics, to experiences shrouded in silence, and to forms of representation that deepen our capacity to empathize with people who are different from us (ELLIS & BOCHNER, 2000).

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3] When researchers write autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice. Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER, 1997; ELLIS, 1995; GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).


  • We accept works in two major categories: Evocative Expressions and Crafting Autoethnography. More info below.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • The AutoEthnographer also publishes reflections on crafting autoethnography, interviews with autoethnographers, reviews of relevant publications, discussions of recommended resources, and hosts an online community for exchange of ideas.
  • Because our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical, academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • The Autoethnographer does not offer remuneration for publication at this time.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.

EVOCATIVE EXPRESSIONS – expressive works of any medium that have been created in conjunction with autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see item 5.4 below. Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore alternatives.

  • WRITING – No length requirement; for longer works, we may request serialization.
  • POETRY – A single poem or collection may be submitted.
    • For longer collections, we may request serialization.
  • MULTIMEDIA – No length requirement; for longer works or groups of images we may request serialization. Work should be presented in .wav, .mp4, or .jpeg/.png/.gif and may be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link).
    • Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.
  • VISUAL ARTS – creative arts such as photography, quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing, potting, painting, drawing, cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up, tattooing, jewelry-making, fashion or home decor design, etc. should be represented visually or multimodally.
    • Work should be presented in .wav, .mp4, or .jpeg/.png/.gif and may be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link).
    • Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.

CRAFTING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY – information about the autoethnographic method. Author’s/Artist’s memos are not required for submissions in this category. There is no length stipulation. For longer works, we may request serialization.

  • REFLECTIONS – written, audio, video, or multimodal reflections on the process of performing autoethnography. Submissions in this category should follow the same general guidelines as above for evocative expressions.
  • INTERVIEWS – we welcome interviews with or among autoethnographers that highlight the strategies, tensions, and rewards of performing autoethnography.
  • AUTOETHNOGRAPHY NEWS – any news about the method or its proponents may be submitted for publication.
  • OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES – please feel free to share opportunities and resources for autoethnographers such as calls for submissions for publication and presentation, recently created or published resources, scholarship and funding opportunities, etc.

SERIALIZATION – For longer works, we may request to post your work over a number of articles over time in order to create a more suitable audience experience. No additional action is needed on behalf of the artist/author.

Submissions should follow the procedures outlined below:

  1. In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed for publication.
  2. The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we welcome multilingual and translated works. If mutlilingual, the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that can help the reader embrace the work (see item 5.4 below). If translated, we encourage submission of both the original language work and the English translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  3. Your submission file should be in .docx; .jpeg/.png/.gif; .mp4; or .wav formats.
  4. Your submission file should be named MAGAZINE CATEGORY_SHORT TITLE (see example below) and MUST be accompanied by:
    • Author’s/Artist’s memo for creative works (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your submission in relation to autoethnography. After reading your memo, the general reader should understand how the work is autoethnographic and why it is suitable for this publication. Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication.
  5. Your submission MUST be accompanied by a second, separate .docx file named LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_INFO that includes:
    1. Name and contact email
    2. Author bio: 300-500 words; may contain hyperlinks to your own webpage or social media
    3. Author photo: a high resolution, clear photo of your face to accompany your bio
  6. Please review the Contract and Publication Rights prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
    1. Poetry_Chanel & I.docx (anonymous; work with author memo)
      • 300-500 word Memo
    2. Monroe_Marilyn_Info.docx (name/contact, bio, & photo)
      1. Marilyn Monroe,
      2. 300-500 word bio
      3. Marilyn.jpeg

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