Call For Submissions
The Words Beats and Life: A Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is seeking submissions for three themes that will be presented at the 2013 Teach-In:
- Hip Hop as an identity,
- Hip Hop capacity building, and
- Legacy: Lessons learned from our elders and ancestors
Hip Hop as an Identity
What does it mean to say, “I am Hip Hop”? Knowledge of Self is considered the fifth element of Hip Hop, yet Hip Hop is rarely publicly discussed as an identity. By identity we are referring to that which contributes to an individual’s character, personal understanding, and worldview. We are currently accepting academic papers, poems, essays, and visual arts that speak to Hip Hop as an identity.
Hip Hop Capacity Building
What began as a way to “keep kids off the street” is evolving from a movement into a unified and cohesive field. WBL is looking for examples of promising practices in Education (K – 16), Nonprofit, For-Profit, and the emerging For-mission space to include in a wide-reaching, information exchange. This will not only help other programs do a better job of connecting with youth, but also help develop standards of practice that will contribute to the advancement of the field. We are specifically interested in models of program design or case studies on leadership, grassroots advocacy, holistic approaches to education, and policies that support sustainability.
Legacy: Lessons Learned from our Elders and Ancestors
History provides numerous examples of art transforming communities in meaningful and tangible ways. So any effort to advance the field would be incomplete without taking a moment to look back and apply prior experience to new circumstances. WBL is looking for submissions that will allow us to learn from the wisdom of our elders and ancestors.
Please submit a 150-word abstract for your submission with an email address and telephone number by March 30, 2013. Panel proposals will be considered as well as short films, poetry, and artwork. The authors of those submissions that are selected for publication will be invited to present at the 2013 Teach In scheduled for July 12-14, 2013.
Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published twice a year and devotes its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists. The journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words Beats & Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists. As the premier resource for hip-hop theory and practice, we hope that the scholarship we publish will serve as a resource for the field of hip-hop studies and the work of hip-hop non-profits, helping each to elevate to the next phase of their respective growth in America and around the globe.
WBL developed the journal as a venue to publish up-and-coming and established scholars from around the world writing about hip-hop culture and community. In the inaugural issue, we featured the work of renowned publisher and spoken word artist, Jessica Care Moore, and Mark Anthony Neal, cultural critic and scholar. Today, the journal is the world’s only peer reviewed journal dedicated to the subject of hip-hop culture. It is used in numerous hip-hop and popular culture studies courses around the United States.
Notes for Contributors
Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. The Journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words Beats & Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists. As the premier resource for hip-hop theory and practice, we hope that the scholarship we publish will serve as a resource for the field of hip-hop studies and the work of hip-hop non-profits, helping each to elevate to the next phase of their respective growth in America and around the globe.
Submissions to Words Beats & Life will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board or other reviewer for comment. Manuscripts must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by Words Beats & Life. It is requested that the author confirm this fact in writing when transmitting the manuscript for publication consideration.
Submissions are considered by specialist reviewers familiar with the specific topic of the work and the field of hip-hop studies. Preference will be given to pieces that are challenging, original, as well as clearly and persuasively written. Anonymity is accorded to both authors and reviewers.
The preferred mode of submission is by email attachment to:
The preferred format for electronic submissions is Microsoft Word (.doc). Please include your full name, any affiliation, and the title of your paper in the body of the email.
Contributions may also be submitted in hard-copy to the address below. In this case, three copies should be submitted; papers will not be returned. Authors should note that hard-copy submissions will typically spend longer in review. If a hard-copy submission is accepted for publication, the author will be required to prepare an electronic version using Words Beats & Life format and style and submit it by e-mail.
Words Beats & Life, Inc.
Attn: Journal Staff
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly by e-mail. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in a timely fashion. Please note that the review process can take up to six months.
Brief comments on work published in Words Beats & Life are welcome. In the case of acceptance, the original author will be invited to make a very brief reply, and normally the exchange will be closed at that point.
Subscriptions and Back Issues
For all queries concerning possible submissions, interview ideas, etc., please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For visual artists, graphic designers and illustrators interested in collaborating on future issues, please contact WBL’s Art Associate, Mia DuVall, at email@example.com or by phone: (202) 667-1192.
Contributors to Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture express their own opinions, which should not be interpreted as the official views of any organization with which they are affiliated. The views expressed in the journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. With exception of fair use, no part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means either wholly or in part without prior written permission of Words Beats & Life, Inc. If you intend to use this publication for educational purposes, please contact us. Manuscripts, artwork and photographs can be accepted only with the understanding that neither the organization nor its agency accept liability for loss or damage.
For detailed information, terms and conditions, quotations and international inquiries, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 667-1192.
Scholarly research papers: 3,000 words (minimum) to 5,000 words (maximum) (includes endnotes and reference list)
Critical essays: 1,500 words (maximum)
Scholarly reviews: 2,000 words (books, albums, films)
Editorials: 1,500 words (maximum)
Prose: 3,500 words (maximum; memoirs, narratives, fiction, etc.)
Poetry: 6 poems, author bio and photo
Artwork: 7-10 pieces, artist bio and photo (PDF, JPEG, TIFF)
Interviews: 1,500 words (maximum)
Authors wishing to submit manuscripts below or exceeding these guidelines must consult with the editor-in-chief prior to submitting work.
Manuscripts for scholarly research papers should be typed and double spaced with at least one-inch margins. They should be prepared for anonymous reviewing, with any self-identifying references removed. If a cover sheet including identifying information is sent, this must be a separate document/file.
For documentation, punctuation, capitalization and other style formatting, Words Beats & Life follows the APA style guide. This style calls for a References section, with parenthetical in-text citations of author/year of publication/page.
Authors must check, correct and bring manuscripts up to date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places and dates, and double-check all direct quotations and entries in the References list.
Notes will appear as endnotes at the end of scholarly articles, but the numerical sequence runs throughout the article. These should be kept to a minimum (not normally more than twelve) and be identified by a superscript numeral. Please avoid using automatic footnote/endnote functions; simply append the endnotes to the end of the article.
Illustrations, photographs and other graphics can be included with an indication of placement in the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions for all copyrighted materials. Sources must be indicated. All illustrations, etc. should be accompanied by a caption and an acknowledgement to the copyright holder.
Any illustrations, etc. submitted electronically should be at least 300 dpi (600 dpi is preferred) in .jpeg or .tiff format.
A brief note on the author is required, including name, title, institutional affiliation and contact information (preferably an e-mail address).
All submissions designated as scholarly require an abstract that should not exceed 150 words in length. The abstract should be written in a manner so as to make clear the significant findings of the article to readers from across disciplines.
Click the link for samples of good abstracts. http://research.berkeley.edu/ucday/abstract.html
All scholarly submissions should be accompanied by five key words