- Essays and reviews of recently published books in the fields of literature, history, politics, science, and the arts;
- Photo essays; and
- Drawings, cartoons, or other artwork amenable to online publication.
We primarily publish work from graduates of the University of Oxford, but we also welcome submissions from others within and outside the University.
Guidelines for Primary Content
The Oxonian Review generally publishes essays and book reviews between 1000 and 1600 words. We do not generally accept unsolicited submissions of poetry or other creative writing. All pieces will be judged on their individual merits. The Oxonian Review looks for clarity and accessibility as well as depth and rigour. We assume an intelligent, interested audience, capable of understanding a sustained discussion, but not necessarily familiar with the terms used in a specific field. In longer articles, we prefer pieces that include a balanced, contextual discussion of the work and a well-articulated response.
Guidelines for ORbits
The Oxonian Review publishes short essays and brief reviews of recently published literature, films, albums, and theatre productions in its ORbits section. An ORbit should run between 400 and 800 words. We prefer pieces that concentrate on a specific quality or theme, delivering an insightful and focused analysis of a narrow topic. Reviews of films, albums, and theatre should not be performance criticism.
Submission and Editorial Procedures
The Oxonian Review welcomes the submission of unsolicited pieces, but prefers prospective authors to propose a topic first. All submitted articles are subject to a rigorous editing process. Every piece submitted and accepted is likely to undergo multiple rounds of editing, fact-checking and (in some cases) cutting for publication. We reserve the right to edit pieces for stylistic purposes, but make every attempt to consult with authors.
We accept submissions on a rolling basis.
Join our Database of Writers
The Oxonian Review maintains a database of writers, primarily consisting of graduates at Oxford, which it uses to commission content. To join our database, send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include a writing sample and brief answers to the following:
- Name, College, E-mail, Course, and Year
- Tell us briefly about anything you’ve published in the past (preferred, but not required).
- Tell us briefly about your academic specialty.
- What other areas of study, in addition to your speciality, interest you?
Copy Editors Wanted
If you have an eye for detail or are a keen copy editor, contact our Managing Editor, Benedict Morrison. The copy editing team meets every two weeks, in advance of the publication of the main issue.
All proposals and submissions should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, Fergus McGhee. Please include the author, title, publisher, and year of the book you are proposing to review.
Letters to the editor and other enquiries can be directed to the Executive Editor, Laura Ludtke.
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