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We welcome submissions. Our content spans multiple topics related to American carceralism, the branches and manifestations of which are many. Because we seek to address the roots as well as the branches, submissions proposing solutions or interventions should look beyond reforms that reinforce the status quo and thus prune the branches while entrenching the roots.

With these guiding principles, we welcome pieces offering a broad range of ideas, innovations, analyses, narratives, critiques, and insights that might help push our national conversation and actions forward. Submission formats can be varied as well; we welcome deep dives, analyses or reflections on proposed or existing attempts at change, first-person accounts, proposals for interventions, and clarifications or illuminations about the structures underlying mass incarceration and how we talk about them.

Generally, publish pieces between 1,250 and 2,500 words, though somewhat shorter or longer pieces may be considered depending on the subject matter and execution. Given the range of backgrounds among our core and extended readership, we aim for all pieces to be accessible without any particular professional training. We do not use footnotes or other formal citation styles, but do expect assertions to be supported and sourced through hyperlinks.

We currently pay at a rate of $250 per piece.

As for authors, we welcome submissions from anyone who might spark new ideas or engagement among readers and look for authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We look forward to hearing, and learning, from you.

Submit editable Word documents to [email protected]. For authors who lack access to the Internet/email, submissions can be sent via physical mail to:

ATTN: Inquest Submission
Institute to End Mass Incarceration
23 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138