General Submission Guidelines

Many of the articles published by The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs are solicited directly by the editors, but authors are also encouraged to submit unsolicited writing for consideration by the editorial board. All submissions must be original work, and should not be identical to currently published work on another platform or publication.

Submissions for the print edition* are accepted twice during the year on a rolling basis: between August 15 and October 15 for publication in the winter volume, and between January 1 and March 1 for publication in the summer volume. The Fletcher Forum will accept submissions until these dates or until we have reached the maximum number of articles for each edition. Submissions for TheFletcher Forum online are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Manuscripts for print and articles for the web should be submitted via e-mail ( to the attention of the editor-in-chief. Please reach out to The Fletcher Forum for questions regarding the theme for each edition. Manuscripts should be formatted as Microsoft Word documents. Please include in the body of your message a short bio and your current affiliation, and indicate in your subject line whether the submission is intended for the print or web edition.

Citations for print articles should be included as endnotes, in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. References in web articles should be included as hyperlinks. The editorial staff does not conduct systematic fact checks and relies on authors to ensure the accuracy and originality of their statements.

Submissions that neglect these guidelines will require undue editorial attention and will likely be returned to authors for revision.

Feature Length for Print and Web

PRINT: In-depth articles for the print edition offer research and critical analysis of topics in international affairs. Feature articles range in length from 3,000 to 8,000 words. For the purposes of submission, unsolicited articles should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 150 words.

WEB: Articles for online publication should be between 500 and 1,000 words and should model the tone of journalistic analysis or op-eds. They should not include academic footnotes or citations, but we encourage the use of hyperlinks. We prioritize pieces with a policy focus and concrete recommendations, as well as pieces that provide an outside-the-box approach to the topic.


“Perspectives” articles for the print journal use concrete examples and practitioner expertise to offer reflections, opinions, and recommendations about contemporary issues in international affairs. “Perspectives” articles range in length from 1,200 to 3,000 words, and citations are typically not necessary. Pieces that do not suit the theme of the print edition may be considered for online-only publication.

Book Reviews

Book reviews offer informed critiques of recently released books that deal with international affairs. Book reviews are not more than 1,800 words in length.

Letters to the Editor

Letters for publication should be no longer than 550 words, must refer to the article and volume in question, and must include the author’s contact information. Editors reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.


Photographs, maps, and other graphics accompanying an article must be submitted as TIFF, JPEG, or PNG files, at a minimum of 300 dpi at 100 percent. Image files must be sent separately rather than embedded in the text. You must have permission to reproduce any graphics on The Forum's print and/or web platforms. Licensing information, as applicable, must be included.

Submission Review Process

Each article submitted to The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is reviewed by an editorial board, which is composed entirely of graduate students enrolled in The Fletcher School. Articles are judged on the basis of relevance, originality, prose, and argumentation. The editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board, holds final authority for accepting or refusing individual articles for publication.

Throughout the editorial and design processes, editors reserve the right to make changes in accordance with Forum style specifications; and the editorial board assumes no obligation regarding publication.

Publication and Reproduction

Copyright of published articles in the print edition remains with The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and no article in its entirety or a part thereof may be published in any form without written permission. The Forum maintains no such copyright on web articles, though we request that authors do not reproduce articles written for The Forum on other platforms. Where applicable, we encourage authors to direct readers to The Forum's website.