Proposals for Forums

Forums are placed within regular issues and consist of short pieces by scholars, activists, artists, etc. on particular issues of current interest to American studies. They are compiled by a convener (or multiple co-conveners) who frames the questions, solicits contributors, and edits the contributors’ submissions. Unlike research articles in regular issues, essays in the forums do not go through external review. Once the convener(s) submit the entire text of the forum, including the convener(s)’s introduction, to the Board of Managing Editors, the Board will provide feedback and suggestions for revision to both the convener(s) and individual contributors, and the Editor approves the final text. The entire forum is typically 20,000 words maximum. 

To submit a proposal, please include an approximately 500-word overview of the proposed theme, including specific topics, issues, and questions to be explored, and a list of potential contributors. Please e-mail your proposal to with subject line: “AQ Forum Proposal.” Forum proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Inquiries about the editorial process for forums can be directed to the Editor at the same e-mail address.