Submission Guidelines

Unbound welcomes unsolicited submissions consistent with the journal’s justice ethos and community-building objectives. Further, submissions are not limited to any single form of expression; some may combine or suggest illustrations and contain web-links. The goal is to broaden participation and perspectives. Unbound thus publishes articles designated for the thematic journal published four to six times a year; timely articles, interviews and discussion pieces to be posted in between journal issues (generally addressing current issues and events); blogs; sermons; and a variety of art and multimedia, including photos, videos, paintings/drawings (scanned), poetry, and music.

Process of Submission
For all submissions, please email info@justiceunbound.org with the following information:

  • Name, e-mail, phone number, address, organizational and/or religious community association (if any) of the Contributor
  • The phrase “UNBOUND submission” in the subject line
  • Nature of the submission, i.e. Is it an article for the thematic journal or a poetry selection or something else?
  • Written assurance that you are the owner of all copyrights and other intellectual property rights to the material and that the material does not violate or infringe another’s rights, including, but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property, and that the material does not infringe any other copyrights, is not defamatory and is not a violation of law; and
  • An abstract of no more than 200 words describing the thesis and/or purpose of the submission. The abstract should be located in the body of the message. Attached abstracts with no abstract in the body will not be opened.
  • A photo of yourself and a short bio to accompany the submission.

At this time, following the tradition of Church & Society, we do not offer compensation for the publication of submissions.

Articles:
Each submission should begin with a 100 to 200 word abstract of its content and a 2-3 sentence bio of the author.

Articles should generally range from 1000 to 1500 words. However, exceptions will be made as appropriate for a given piece.  Concision and craft take precedence over length.

Drafts should be submitted for consideration by email attachment using Microsoft Word.

All submissions should be accessible to an educated lay audience; offer original and reasonably well-expressed, focused content; and be fair, accurate, and just.

All submissions should use gender inclusive/expansive language: please note that this can mean the avoidance of gendered language altogether or the interchange of male and female language, except in cases where gender is the issue at hand. Depending on context, not all quotations from historic sources need to be edited for inclusiveness.

All submissions, including, but not limited to articles, must be the original, unpublished work of the author(s). They must not have been submitted for consideration by another academic or practical journal, unless the author has secured all permissions to republish the article in Unbound. The contributor must be the sole owner of all copyrights and intellectual property rights to the material submitted or have the written permission of the co-author or co-creator of the material.

All submissions should conform to copyright laws and not reproduce unoriginal material without explicit citation and, where necessary, permission to use the material. Contributors are responsible for obtaining (and paying for) copyright permission as necessary; documentation of copyright permission should be submitted with the manuscript.

Notes should be numbered sequentially in the text and listed at the end of the manuscript. Except in the most obvious instances (e.g. biblical references), abbreviations should be avoided. Titles of journals should be written out in full. For further information regarding format, consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (or Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations [6th edn.; Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1996]). For information regarding format for citation of internet sources see A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities. For abbreviations of biblical books, see the comprehensive listing compiled by the Journal of Biblical Studies. Please do not improvise on format.

Authors should be willing to respond to questions from Internet readers of their articles.

Review of submissions will usually be accomplished in 6-10 weeks; contributors will be notified by email upon completion of the review. Since issues are thematic, some manuscripts may be held for publication in the appropriate thematic issue.

Please keep in mind that in-between journal issues, planning is relatively flexible, while the thematic journal issues are generally planned several months in advance and may require significant advance submission on your part. With that said, themes for advance issues will be announced with the provision that submissions related to other possibly urgent topics will be given consideration.

Op. Ed Submissions:
Same conditions as articles, however, submissions should be between 400-600 words.


Photos and Art:
We invite a diverse range of original art media which lift up issues of social justice and faith: photographs, drawings, paintings, digital art, etc. Please review our upcoming journal issue themes and our site content to see if Unbound might be a good home for your art. Unbound encourages its artists to think outside of the box and to express themselves creatively, in ways not possible in the traditional format of a written article. Unbound welcomes art that is grounded in your personal experiences, hopes, and frustrations. Unbound’s primary considerations in its acceptance or rejection of art submissions are: originality; relevance to the journal’s mission and/or issue themes; appropriateness for a faith-based journal with viewers of a wide variety of ages; and whether the art offers a critique of society, church, unjust social mores and/or political policies.

In addition, all photographs must be accompanied by a signed release of any individuals who are depicted in the photograph(s). In the event the individual depicted is under the age of 18, the release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you would like to submit a written explanation, please submit that explanation in Microsoft Word, as an attachment, with your art.

To submit your photo or art, email images at not less than 1024×800 pixels, but preferably higher (2240×1680). Photos should be submitted in JPG, PNG, or GIF formats only, not RAW or Adobe formats. Scanned images should be the highest possible resolution. Please note that we can only make basic color and contrast corrections for final print, and as such, all images should be “print-ready” without text overlays, watermarks, copyright notices, or borders. Any images too small for good visibility or not meeting the above criteria will not be considered. All art must be in digital form. If you have a painting, drawing or other non-digital art, please scan or otherwise digitally convert your work before submitting. Unbound accepts only electronic submissions.

Artists should be willing to respond to questions from Internet viewers of their art.


Poetry and Creative Writing:

We invite a diverse range of poetry and creative writing which lift up issues of social justice and faith. Please review our upcoming journal issue themes and our site content to see if Unbound might be a good home for your writing. While Unbound will consider many forms of creative writing, priority is given to poetry. Unbound welcomes poetry that is grounded in your personal experiences, hopes, and frustrations. Unbound’s primary considerations in its acceptance or rejection of creative writing submissions are: originality; relevance to the journal’s mission and/or issue themes; appropriateness for a faith-based journal with viewers of a wide variety of ages; and whether the text offers a critique of society, church, unjust social mores, and/or political policies.

Manuscripts should be submitted for consideration by email in accordance with the Process of Submission requirements. The poetry should be attached to the email in Microsoft Word format. You are welcome to submit a written explanation and/or multimedia to accompany your creative writing, such as a photograph or video. If considering submitting multimedia or art, please see the appropriate categories of submission for additional guidelines.

Poets/writers should be willing to respond to questions from Internet readers of their work.

Video and Audio:
We invite a diverse range of multimedia which lifts up issues of social justice and faith: videos, music, etc. Please review our upcoming journal issue themes and our site content to see if Unbound might be a good home for your production. Unbound encourages its multimedia artists to think outside of the box and to express themselves creatively, in ways not possible in the traditional format of a written article. Unbound welcomes multimedia that is grounded in your personal experiences, hopes, and frustrations. Unbound’s primary considerations in its acceptance or rejection of video and audio submissions are: originality; relevance to the journal’s mission and/or issue themes; appropriateness for a faith-based journal with viewers of a wide variety of ages; and whether the production offers a critique of society, church, unjust social mores and/or political policies.

In addition, all videos must be accompanied by a signed release of any individuals who are depicted in the video(s). In the event that the individual depicted is under the age of 18, the release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you would like to submit a written explanation, please submit that explanation in Microsoft Word, as an attachment, with your production.

To submit your production, it is preferable to email a link to YouTube, Vimeo, or your website. Sound and video files may be accepted when emailed directly if compatible with our programs. If you would like to email a CD or DVD through postal mail, please email Unbound with your request and if approved, Unboundwill provide you with an address.

Artists should be willing to respond to questions from Internet viewers/listeners of their work.