Call for Submissions: The North Meridian Review: A Journal of Culture and Scholarship Volume I: Issues I & II

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July 1, 2019 to December 1, 2019
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Area Studies, Humanities, Urban History / Studies

Volume I, Issue I

The North Meridian Review: A Journal of Culture and Scholarship is now open to submissions. The journal publishes two issues annually. The first is an interdisciplinary issue with special interest in history, sociology, political science, philosophy, literature, and American Studies. Submissions are open on a rolling basis. Each issue the journal will publish four sections: a peer-reviewed, scholarly collection of articles; a creative non-fiction prose section; a selection of poetry; and academic and literary book reviews.

When submitting to NMR please follow the below guidelines:


Peer-review Scholarship:

Articles should be between 5,000-10,000 words. Scholars interested in submitting should send their articles as an attached word document to with the subject line “NMR Article Submission” followed by the category of the piece (history, sociology, etc.). Also, include a two-page CV and short (150-200 words) abstract. All articles should adhere to the University of Chicago Style (17th ed.).


The editors strongly encourage submissions for the non-peer review prose section. Specifically, NMR is interested in the genres memoir, critical essay, interviews, and creative non-fiction. Submissions should be sent to as an attached Word document. Submissions should be 1,000-5,000 words. Authors should include a brief biography (150-200 words) in the body of the email.


Poets should submit 1-5 poems, no longer than five total pages in length, as an attached Word document to and

Book Reviews:

The North Meridian Review is also interested in applicants for book reviews. If you are interested in writing a review of a recent book in the field of history or the humanities please email a two-page CV and in the body of the email, and list the fields you are interested in reviewing and possible titles. If you are a publisher, especially of a small regional press, and would like your books reviewed please email the managing editor Wesley Bishop directly at to submit your titles for review.



Volume I, Issue II: The Freedom to Make and Remake

Each year The North Meridian Review will also publish a special, guest edited issue of the journal. For our inaugural year the theme is “The Freedom to Make and Remake” and will be guest edited by Mark Latta the director of the Flanner Community Writing Center and Instructor of English at Marian University.


Within the opening lines of his 2008 essay, “The Right to the City,” David Harvey writes, “The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.” Viewed from the current American political climate, the freedom to make and remake ourselves and the places with which we identity may feel more urgent now than at any time since the Civil Rights Era. Viewed another way, however, this freedom of revision and rewrite has continued without interruption, especially for those who maintain lives on the edges of consumer society. However, from the perspective of those whose lives have been intertwined with the cultural, economic, or personal dispossession of colonialism and white supremacy, Harvey’s “freedom to make and remake” was and is a well-maintained fiction.  The freedom to re/make is not a freedom without consequence, risk, or reward.  To better understand these outcomes and tensions, we seek essays, articles, and poetry of the those who work to shape, make, and remake their cities through community development, activism, public art (sanctioned or otherwise), education (formal or informal), publishing, social practice, performance, and urban design. Special consideration will be given to community based writing and non-traditional methods of constructing knowledge.

Broader questions the issue will cover:

  • Who is freely able to exercise the right to make, remake, and revise?
  • Who is prevented from exercising this right?  Who maintains and enforces this prevention?
  • Whose stories are being told?  Whose stories remain missing? Whose stories have been erased?
  • In what ways are these stories being told and what is revealed by the ways they are told or silenced? 
  • Which ideas and projects are over-resourced? Under-resourced? What do these discrepancies reveal?
  • How are places shaped by stories and stories shaped by places?   
  • How are the normative forces of whiteness and neoliberalism maintained, disrupted, or altered by exercising the freedom to re/make our cities and ourselves?  


Scholarly works should be 5,000-10,000 words in length and adhere to University of Chicago Style (17th ed.).  Personal and creative nonfiction essays should be 1,000-5,000 words in length. Poetry submissions should be 1-5 pages (total) in length. 

Submission Deadline:  December 1, 2019.

Author Acceptance Notifications:  February 10, 2020.

Publication: May 2020.


Please email submissions as an attached word document with the subject line “NMR Special Issue 2020” followed by the genre of the piece to, cc’

Contact Info: 

Wesley Bishop, Marian University.

Mark Latta, Marian University and Flanner Community Writing Center.

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