How to Contribute

We invite students and early career scholars and researchers (ECS/ECR) to submit original content for the IABA SNS blog. Whether you’re familiar with the field or just beginning to explore it, specialize in life writing or in other fields, we encourage you to join in the conversation by contributing to the blog.

Have an idea for a blog post? Please email with a brief pitch for an essay, book or event review, or creative piece related to any area of life writing. Pitches should lay out the main ideas of the piece and state why it would be a good addition to our ongoing conversation about life writing today. We welcome both individually and collaboratively authored blog posts.

Your final blog post should be 900-1200 words and should follow 8th ed. MLA guidelines. Throughout the process from pitch to publication, the SNS editorial team will support contributors in their ideas through mentorship and collaboration. We are also happy to mentor scholars in writing book reviews for peer-reviewed life writing journals, previous examples of which can be found on our Publications page.

We see the blog as an important complement to traditional peer-reviewed journals in serving as a space for engaging and thought-provoking academic and creative work that is also accessible to a public audience. We envision the blog’s shorter timeline to publication as being particularly valuable for generating topical content responding to recent events and publications. Mindful of the ongoing expansion and development of life writing scholarship globally, we want the blog to facilitate ongoing conversations that allow scholars interested in life writing to feel connected and in dialogue with each other.

Through inter- and transdisciplinary posts, we hope the blog will highlight life writing’s connectedness to other fields, which we feel is one of its key strengths. In particular, we hope to publish essays and reviews on life writing related to the following areas: gender, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, refugee and immigrant experiences, race, Indigeneity, blogging and social media practices, memory and trauma studies, life writing and activism, life writing and pedagogy, and life writing across media (e.g., film, music, performance, and visual art).

We look forward to hearing from you!