Submission Guidelines

how to submit

Since we accept submissions of a variety of topics and disciplines, we ask that you remain consistent regarding style and format.

For academic & scholarly submissions, please stay within the reference style of your choice (e.g. APA, Chicago, Turabian, MLA, AP). However, we ask that you convert all footnotes and endnotes to in-text references with hyperlinks.

We accept submissions and seek out pieces of professional merit, high quality, and original thought. We accept simultaneous submissions, under the condition that you inform us and withdraw your submission should it be accepted elsewhere. We accept (but do not require) story/essay pitches via email. Multiple submissions are fine, and they can overlap in terms of discipline(s), human condition feature(s), content, or ideas.

In general, stick to the style of your piece’s format or genre, and include the requested information for the Title Page (listed below).

Please Include

1. Title Page

  • Short author bio (~100 words)
  • Contact information
  • Word count of main document
  • Statement indicating whether the piece is a simultaneous submission
  • What Discipline(s), Format/Genre, and Human Condition Feature(s) your piece would be categorized as
  • Permission to publish/republish content (i.e. first electronic rights, archival rights, and second rights or reprint rights where necessary)
  • Permission to publish/republish any images, graphics, art, or video (i.e. first electronic rights, archival rights, and second rights or reprint rights where necessary)
  • 6 – 8 keywords

2. Main Document (Formatting)

  • Title & author name at top of first page
  • Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Single-spaced
  • Indentations for each new paragraph
  • Clearly identified block quotes (if any)
  • Convert footnotes/endnotes or any references to in-text citations with hyperlinks
  • Include a bibliography/works cited/reference list

What We’re Looking For

  • Original content in one of the disciplines or topics listed on the site
  • Any length. For academic pieces, we generally publish in 4,000 word segments, but, as our focus is on quality of thought and not on length, we accept longer or shorter pieces, as well. Longer pieces will be published in multiple parts, depending on length. (For instance, if your piece is 8,000 words, it will be published in two parts, with hyperlinks connecting the two pieces.)
  • New cutting-edge and seminal ideas
  • Openness to unique ideas
  • A focus on comparative methodology (not required for all pieces)
  • Articles, essays, literary pieces, or art that adds something new to the understanding of human existence, or expresses an old concept in a new and inventive way

What We’re Not Looking For & Common Reasons for Rejection

  • Plagiarism
  • Inconsistency in style & format
  • Failure to make a valid argument
  • Pieces that have nothing to do with the human condition
  • Poor writing quality

How to Submit Your Work

Email us with your Title Page and Main Document:


The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC does not pay for submissions. However, we greatly appreciate all who are invested in our mission and who contribute to this publication.

Other Submission Details & Next Steps

  • We will respond to everyone who submits to us, usually within a month.
  • We read submissions in the order they are received.
  • As long as your piece relates to “the human condition,” is original, and is of high-quality, it will most likely be published on The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC.

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  • All files and information contained in this website have been published or licensed by The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC, and may not be duplicated, copied, modified or adapted, in any way without our written permission.
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  • We do not retain copyright for the “Arts,” or any and all visual or performing arts (e.g. art, photography, music, or videos) contained in this website. The author retains copyright of these materials.
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  • By accepting publication for our site (, the author grants The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC first electronic rights, archival rights, and second or reprint rights when necessary. After it appears in The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC, the author retains copyright and may publish elsewhere, though a “first published in ” credit would be appreciated.
    • Generally, The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC intends to publish content that has never before been published, and thus we seek and retain first electronic rights and archival rights for these pieces. However, if we come across a piece that our site simply must have and has been previously published, we seek and retain second rights or reprint rights for these works. In this event, we will provide a link to its first publication and/or a “first published in” credit.
  • By accepting publication for our site, the author gives The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC the right to publish the work on, to archive it indefinitely on our website, and to be included in future issues and editions of our up-and-coming referred journal publication. (Note: We might re-feature work on the homepage, though this does not constitute a new publication.)
  • By accepting publication for one of our issues, the author gives The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC the following rights: first electronic rights, archival rights, and copyright.

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