Writers’ Guidelines

Thanks so much for your interest in submitting your work to The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide! The G&LR accepts unsolicited manuscripts and proposals on all LGBT-related topics. Especially sought are proposals on the following themes for issues in development:

Proposed Themes of Forthcoming Issues

  1. Sanctuary: The quest for safe spaces in LGBT history
  2. The State of LGBT Rights: What’s next for the movement?
  3. LGBT Science: New research on gender & sexual orientation
  4. Suggestions welcomed

Please e-mail your proposal to: richard.schneider@GLReview.org. Below are the guidelines for submission, as well as some tips to help you decide whether to submit your work and how to frame it for publication.

The magazine is targeted to “literate non-specialists,” i.e. well-educated readers who span a wide range of professions and interests. A high level of intellectual sophistication can be assumed; however, specialized jargon or highly academic language should be avoided. Lively, thought-provoking, and readable are some watchwords for articles that we publish.


GENRES. The G&LR publishes nonfiction and poetry—but not short fiction, personal memoirs, or journals.

  • Feature Articles. Full-length essays, most organized around an issue “theme,” make up around 60% of each issue. (Word range of 2,000 to 4,000, with a “golden mean” of 2,500.)
  • Reviews make up most of the balance. The majority are reviews of books, with a few on the arts (film, theater, visual arts, etc.) in each issue. (600 to 1,200 words. A few “Briefs” of 250 words also appear.)
  • Interviews with prominent GLBT artists and activists occasionally run as feature articles. Use Q&A format rather than a journalistic write-up.
  • Artist’s Profile. Recurring column spotlights a prominent or rising artist, writer, choreographer, etc. Usually includes a short interview with a brief introduction to the artist’s work. (1,000 to 1,500 words.)
  • Art Memo. Column allows for a personal reflection on a single work or artist/writer who made a difference in the writer’s life. (1,000 to 1,500 words.)
  • International Spectrum. Column highlights the state of GLBT rights or culture in a city or region outside the U.S. (1,000 to 1,500 words.)
  • Correspondence. Letters to the editor.
  • Guest Opinion. Op-ed pieces take an advocacy position on a current issue. (500 to 1,000 words.)


SUBMISSIONS. Both proposals and completed pieces are eligible. Proposals are encouraged when the writer is uncertain of suitability. The G&LR does not accept published pieces, but does, on occasion, publish a chapter or excerpt from a forthcoming book.

  • For feature articles, please check on the “themes” of upcoming issues, as announced in the Cultural Calendar of each issue. Papers that were originally intended for a different venue typically need to be adapted to G&LR style.
  • For book reviews, writers are encouraged to request the current list of “targeted books” for guidance. Proposals for reviews of books that are not on this list are welcome.
  • The G&LR is not a scholarly journal, and articles are not footnoted. However, a short list of references can be included at the end of a piece.
  • The magazine follows standard style conventions (à la Strunk or Chicago) and U.S. spelling conventions.

Note: Writers who have not previously been published in The G&LR are encouraged to send a writing sample (or link to same on the Internet).



  • Submission via e-mail is strongly encouraged, though hard copy submissions are accepted (but please notify the editor by electronic means if possible).
  • E-mail your submission or proposal with a cover letter to richard.schneider@glreview.org. Most any format is acceptable (MS Word, RTF, etc.).
  • For hard copy, use the PO box below. Only one copy is required. No SASE (stamped, self-addressed envelope) is needed unless you want your manuscript returned.
  • The G&LR is a carefully edited magazine, and few unsolicited pieces are accepted exactly as submitted. Writers may be asked to revise or even rewrite portions of a piece.

BOOK REVIEWS. Assignments for book reviews are made by the editors. The G&LR does not accept unsolicited reviews. Writers are strongly discouraged from reviewing works by friends or associates.

A note on style: A book (or other) review usually begins with a general overview of the topic at hand or perhaps the writer’s previous works (esp. for a novel), followed by a discussion of how or where the book under review fits into this context and what it hopes to accomplish. Only then is it generally advisable to render a judgment on the book’s merits. How successful was the writer in achieving his or her stated or implicit goals? What did we learn that we didn’t know before?

Books for review consideration should be mailed to the Boston POB address below.

POETRY. A few poems are published in each issue. While there is no hard-and-fast limit on length, poems of over 50 lines become hard to accommodate. Please submit no more than three poems at a time. Send your work in hard copy to our PO box and include an SASE for notification purposes. Poems can be emailed (in a Word doc.) to stephen.hemrick@glreview.org, and please include your physical mailing address.


BLOG. The magazine’s website at www.GLReview.org features a blog with original material in a range of genres: short essays, op-ed pieces, movie reviews, and even some personal writings. Length should generally be fewer than 1,000 words. Please submit your piece or proposal to our web editor at: allison.armijo@glreview.org.


PAYMENT. Contributors of original feature articles receive a flat fee of $250, or may choose to waive this fee, as well as the option to give up to four gift subscriptions to parties of their choice. Contributors of full-length book reviews can request $100 in addition to giving four gift subscriptions. All contributors receive a complimentary subscription, plus a few copies of the issue in which their article appeared.



The G&LR
PO Box 180300
Boston, MA 02118