Call for Pitches: “Climate, Capitalism, and Citizenship in the Caribbean”

Write for NACLA's Summer 2018 print issue!

November 1, 2017


The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is accepting pitches for the Summer 2018 issue of our NACLA Report, a quarterly print magazine covering politics and culture in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latinx U.S. from a progressive perspective. Next year (2018) will mark NACLA’s 50th anniversary as a key source of news and analysis of the region, bringing work by academics, activists, journalists, artists to a wide ranging audience of students, writers, policy makers, and more.

Each issue features a Report section that focuses on a specific theme or country. For our summer 2018 issue, the Report will focus on the Caribbean. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, it’s an urgent time to revisit the Caribbean region-- from the Anglophone Caribbean to overseas territories to the Yucatán to Hispaniola--and to analyze the interaction between climate disaster, capitalism, and the legacies of colonialism.

Report pieces range from 2,500 to 4,000 words and generally take on the format of news analyses. Our articles weave history, political economy, theory, and on-the-ground ethnography and reporting to tell stories that make deep analyses of the most urgent issues facing the region today.

We’re interested in topics focusing on the Caribbean, including, but not limited to:

  • Immigration, deportation, and repatriation
  • Infrastructure and austerity
  • Disaster preparedness and relief
  • U.S. development and security assistance
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Marijuana and drug policy
  • Tourist Economies
  • Caribbean solidarity movements

We are also interested in photo essays and poetry!

How to apply:

Send us a brief (250-500 word) description of your idea by December 15, 2017, to Managing Editor Laura Weiss, Your pitch should outline your approach to a specific, narrowly defined topic, an explanation of why this article is a strong fit for NACLA, and preferred word length. Please also mention any sources that indicate original research. Attach (brief) samples of your previously published writing, or links to online sources of these articles. We suggest you review our online content and previous issues of the NACLA Report—available online here before you send your pitch. Include any possible photos if you have them.

We will let you know if your pitch is accepted by January 1, 2018, with article drafts due March 5, 2018.

A note on pay: We offer honoraria to authors for whom writing is their main source of income. Please inquire for more details.

We look forward to receiving your queries!

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