Submission Guidelines

We seek lively and original writing on contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism. We define these areas broadly, and our approach is expansive, extending to allied fields including planning, geography, history, sociology, ecology, politics, media, and technology. We publish peer-reviewed scholarship as well as essays, criticism, narrative journalism, photography, and multimedia work. We occasionally publish fiction, poetry, and work in other genres that illuminates the experience of cities, buildings, and landscapes.

We seek writing that probes hard questions and that balances the high-altitude concept with a sharp focus on the messy, complicated details of lived experience, of real places and politics. Whatever the form, we value prose that is both rigorous and accessible.

Peer Review

Reflecting our commitment to public scholarship, we maintain a separate editorial track for peer-reviewed work. Please indicate at the time of submission if you would like your manuscript refereed. We send articles submitted for peer review to scholars or professionals with relevant expertise. While we do not reveal reviewers’ names to authors, we do share some or all of their comments, along with editorial direction based on the reviews. Articles that have passed through this process are identified as such on the site. Articles submitted for peer review should include the complete manuscript, as well as an abstract of 250 words.

Special Topics

Please see our ongoing call for articles that explore the complex dynamic of public and private, and how this dynamic influences the design of the built environment.

Submission Format

Send manuscripts, proposals, or queries to [email protected]. Put “Places submission” and the title in the subject line. Include detailed contact information, preferably a phone number.

We prefer to receive manuscripts as Microsoft Word attachments. Most of our articles range from 1,000 to 6,000 words, but we are not prescriptive about length, and happy to make exceptions. Citations should be formatted as endnotes in any standard style.

Submit images as separate files (JPEG/PNG/TIFF), as email attachments or using a file hosting service such as Dropbox. Do not embed images in Word documents. We like to see a wide selection of work, 20 to 30 images. Send captions or titles, if any, in a Word document.

Please inform us if you are submitting simultaneously to another publication. We will republish work under certain circumstances: for instance, if it has never been published in English, or has appeared only in a print publication with a limited readership. Let us know if your submission is part of a larger project, e.g., a chapter of a book in progress.

Response Time

We aim to respond to queries and proposals within 2 to 4 weeks and to manuscripts within 4 to 12 weeks, although we may take longer. Please wait until this time has passed before writing to check on the status of your submission.