Submission guidelines

Counterfutures invites the unsolicited submission of articles, review articles, commentaries and book reviews on topics pertinent to left thought and practice in Aotearoa today. Authors are welcome to pitch ideas and queries for possible pieces to the editorial board.

Word length

Articles, review articles, interventions and interviews are considered within the following word limits:

  • Articles and interviews of 4,000 to 8,000 words
  • Polemical interventions of 500 to 6,000 words
  • Keywords, giving background and contemporary relevance of a particular topic, of 3,000 to 5,000 words (please propose to editor before writing)
  • Book reviews of 1,000 to 3,000 words (please propose to editor before writing)
Counterfutures submissions
  • Submissions should be aimed at a discerning general readership, and we encourage the use of a clear prose style.
  • Articles, review articles and commentaries should provide a summary of their argument at the beginning.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to sub-edit submissions to improve readability. Authors may be asked to re-write parts or the whole of an article.
  • If graphs are used contributors will need to provide the raw data so that, if necessary, they can be redrawn to fit the page. Illustrations and photographs, not subject to copyright restrictions, are welcome.
  • Please indicate whether the submission is an article, review article, commentary or interview
  • Submissions need to be presented clearly, using double line spacing (including quotations) and wide margins. Single quotation marks should be used, and double marks for quotations within quotations.
  • Please consult our full style guide here.

Counterfutures uses footnotes, set at the bottom of each page, for references. Footnotes should follow Chicago style. See here for details on how to use Chicago footnotes.

Peer review

Counterfutures is a peer-reviewed journal. Original articles submitted to Counterfutures, including review articles, will be subject to double-blind peer review. Commentaries, interviews and single book reviews will be assessed by the editorial board.