Feature Length Essays
SAIS Review is a student-run journal of professional quality. Since each issue is thematically based, the editorial board generally directly solicits potential contributors for full length essays. These vary in length from 3,000 to 5,000 words, not including endnotes. Please include subheadings to highlight substantive divisions within the article. The SAIS Review relies upon the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster‘s dictionary, as well as our own style guide.
SAIS Review will rely on the author to verify facts within the text. On a separate sheet please include an author biography as you would like it to appear in the journal. Calls for papers go out twice per year and are reviewed by the editorial board. If selected, the author works closely with the editors on revisions.
The SAIS Review does, at times, consider unsolicited essays. All submissions must be related to the theme of the upcoming issue to be considered. Due to the volume of submissions we unfortunately cannot respond to all requests.
The SAIS Review generally publishes a number of book reviews in each issue. Subject book should have occurred or been published in the last twelve months. We actively seek both potential books to review and prominent reviewers. Book reviews generally run 1,500 to 2,500 words and follow all standard SAIS Review editorial guidelines.
The SAIS Review publishes interviews with prominent policymakers and academics. If you are interested in being interviewed by the editors please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAIS Review has a number of opportunities available for student publication. In addition to being able to blog on the website, assistant editors are encouraged to write Of Notes, short response essays to our full length essays. Of Notes should range between 700 and 1000 words and follow all standard guidelines.
SAIS students who are not not on the editorial staff may contribute photos or submit entries to the SAIS Review Contest. On occasion, the editorial staff will accept superb full-length essays or book reviews from student contributors.
In their travels abroad, students capture stories on film that drive home an article’s message in a way words cannot. We encourage students to submit photos that focus on the next issue’s theme(s). Superb submissions will be considered for publication in subsequent issues. Additionally, photo essays or individual photos may be published on the website.
SAIS Review Contest
The SAIS Review holds a contest, open to all SAIS students, each semester. We encourage all students to participate in the contest. There are three separate contests: (1) Essay Contest, (2) Photo Essay Contest and (3) Book Review Contest. The winning entry in each category is awarded a cash prize and is published in the subsequent issue of the SAIS Review.
- Topic should be in the field of international relations, broadly understood.
- The contest is open only to SAIS students. Ph.D. candidates must be pre-dissertation.
- Papers are evaluated on the basis of originality of topic and approach, scholarly value, and style.
- Contributions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Please submit the entry to email@example.com
- Decisions are made by the SAIS Review editorial staff.
- Essay length should be a maximum of 5,000 words.
Photo Essay Submissions
- Photo essays can follow any relevant subject, but should have a coherent story.
- Captions should be included with all photos and an abstract provided.
- Photos must be original photos and must be submitted in high resolution. Color submissions are acceptable, but all winning entries are published in black and white.
Book Review Submissions
- Reviews can deal with one book or several books, film, television, theater, speech, etc. Length should range between 1,500 and 2,500 words.
- Subject should have occurred or been published in the last twelve months.
- Ideal reviews will focus on books published by prominent scholars, government officials, activists, or other public persons of note.
- They should introduce the book or event, relevant background on the creator, and a critique of the arguments and premises made.