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As part of Refractions’s commitment to maintaining an open community of contributors and readers, we welcome pieces that explore a wide range of subjects, including topics with a historical frame as well as those that relate to ongoing political, social, and cultural movements and events.

The editors seek well-crafted short essays in English, visual or audio art, or another form of narrative media that presents commentary on happenings and controversies, historical research, or fiction. Don't be afraid to propose something novel! We welcome full submissions or brief proposals from new contributors via email or the submission template below. Before preparing your submission, and review our style guide.

All proposals and submitted contributions are evaluated for publication by the editors based widely on their relevance to the space, the compelling presentation of evidence or commentary, and the quality and tone of writing or art. If your piece is accepted, you will work with an editor to revise your piece as needed in advance of publication. If a revised draft does not meet Refraction's standards, we reserve the right to forgo publication of a submitted piece. 

Refraction welcomes contributions from a diverse group of scholars, journalist, artists, concerned citizens, and others of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. Refractions seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity.

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