The Urban Forum invites you to submit articles, poems, maps and more–any content related to urban studies and planning. Submissions related to real-estate, public policy, and environmental health are also welcome. Our goal is to curate a variety of interdisciplinary material across mediums; we seek to engage readers in an array of topics that reflect both the breadth of work occurring in urban environments, and the complex issues faced by cities, residents, and academics alike.
Do you have a long-form article? A rendering of life on the street? A poem about the T? Our editorial team will be happy to work with you in crafting your material for publication. Please see the below submissions guidelines for further instructions. Once you are ready to submit a Statement of Interest or a completed submission, please use this form.
2019 Submission Guidelines
The Urban Forum welcomes submissions from Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and friends on topics broadly related to urban studies, planning theory and practice. Content includes, but is not limited to, personal reflections on planning education and practice, and ongoing topics of concern or relevance; book reviews; conference highlights; existing student work; internship/work experiences; long-form articles and analysis; photos; artworks; and poems, all of which will have a focus on urban planning.
All written content must follow basic English convention. Authors are expected to present their ideas in a clear manner, edit for grammar and cite where appropriate. The Editorial Board will help authors to ensure that their submission is publication-ready. This publication follows the APA citation style.
Articles can be theoretical, empirical, or practical, in nature. Suggested lengths for long-form articles is 2000-6000 words. Authors wishing to deeply pursue a specific topic of interest are encouraged to submit long-form articles. While there are no restrictions on format, authors are encouraged to look at convention for guidance. This may include ordering their manuscript with: a title page; abstract; introduction; methods; results; discussion; conclusion; references; and appendices, as appropriate.
Short articles (including book reviews, conference highlights, internship/work experience)
An alternative to long-form articles, short articles allow authors to present their ideas quickly and with impact. Suggested lengths are between 800-1200 words. Short articles can be conceptualized as most published content from major news outlet.
Other works (poetry, photos, photo essays, artwork, etc.)
Authors wishing to submit content in other formats can submit their work directly or send a short interest statement to inform the Editorial Board of their ideas. The Editorial Board will work closely with authors intending to publish in other creative formats and strongly encourage prospective authors to reach out with any questions or concerns.
-January 2019: Deadline to submit articles for the Spring 2019 Edition
-January and February 2019: Select articles, notify authors, round one edits
-February and March 2019: Round two and three edits, sent to authors for review
-April 2019: Publication
-May 2019: Resume collecting pieces for the Fall 2019 Edition