How Do I Make Successful Submissions to The AutoEthnographer?
Advice, Examples, & Instructions
The AutoEthnographer Invites You to Submit Your Work!
The Autoethnographer, an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital literary and arts magazine, invites you t submit your work! Our independent editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites unpublished, unsolicited, evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection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. Simultaneous submissions to other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately should you decide to publish elsewhere.
WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?
Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. The following may be of assistance:
The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-swithcing. If mutlilingual, the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage submission of both the original language work and the English translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions.
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.
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).
We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see below. Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore alternatives. For longer works, we welcome pitches for columns and ongoing features. Likewise, we may request to post your work over a number of articles over time in order to create a more suitable audience experience. We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or sooner.
Single poems are appreciated and welcomed. We tend to give preference to a collection of poems (3-10 works), however, due to their tendency for breadth and depth. Please submit .doc/.docx files. For longer collections, we may request serialization.
No length requirement; for longer works or groups of images we may request serialization. Work should be presented in .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and may be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be readily available if work is accepted. Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.
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. HD images and video should be readily available if work is accepted. Work should be presented in .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png 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.
This category is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching, learning, or performing of autoethnography with the intent to educate others or to produce content that can be utilized in educational settings.For example:
Essays, stories, lesson plans, workshops, strategies, interviews, reflections on teaching, learning, or performing autoethnography at any level. For book reviews, we’ll send you the book instead of payment and waive the submission fee. Text, audio, video, visual, multimodal submissions accepted. We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee.
If accepted, the contributor may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or sooner.
Note that creative work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash, essays, and lyrics) should be submitted to the category “14-Day Response: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash, Essays, Lyrics”. This category is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching, learning, or performing of autoethnography with the intent to educate others or to produce content that can be utilized in educational settings.
PREPARE YOUR WORK FOR THE WEB
Note that as we are a digital magazine, our main goal is to see your article rank highly in searches. To do this, we ask contributors to adhere to the following guidelines as closely as possible. We realize that some of the requirements may not be applicable for all submission types. We strongly encourage all applicants to prepare their work prior to submission in order to increase their chances of acceptance.
Click on any link below to learn more about developing that aspect of your work.
Identify the keyphrase that best represents your work; this may be a single word or a brief phrase. The shorter, the better!
This keyphrase MUST be used towards the beginning of your title, and MUST also be included in the first paragraph of your author’s/artist’s memo. If no memo is required, then it must be used in the first paragraph of your article.
REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles and memos at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: 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.
PREPARE YOUR WORK FOR THE WEB: Be sure to follow all of the steps above; reach out to our editor with questions, editor at theautoethnographer dot com.
INCLUDE DETAILED AUTHOR’S/ARTIST’S MEMO(~500 words) & KEYPHRASE: An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions “How is this work autoethnographic?” and “Which culture(s) or cultural issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication. Following your memo, please also identify and include your selected keyphrase for your submission. Learn more HERE. e.g. Keyphrase: school sports. Note: a memo is not required for the teaching/learning/performing autoethnography category.
We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our magazine; thank you!!