Sobriquet Magazine Submission Guidelines

We consider reviews of contemporary literary fiction, criticism, music (see restrictions below), cultural studies, history, film and theater. Please contact the appropriate editor for information about length and deadlines.

Topics of perennial interest to Sobriquet:

The Academy
The adjunctification of the Academy
The corporatization of the university
Where do our students figure into “Publish or Perish”?
The Humanities after the ascendancy of Theory.

Literature and Literacy
The decline of American literacy
The impact of television and film on literature
Book culture in the 21st century

Computers and the Internet
Online Censorship
Hypertext literature

The Arts
Non-musical, “literary” or “art house” theater
Contemporary literary fiction
Punk rock
Contemporary and classic cinema, particularly film noir

Politics and Culture
The global perception of America
Alternative energy sources


1. Sobriquet is rather skeptical towards poststructuralist theory and tends to prefer writing that is thoughtfully critical of, say, Derrida, Barthes or Lacan. We do, however, welcome more favorable approaches to such thought, provided the author has an interesting and fresh perspective on his or her topic.
2. That said, avoid psychoanalytic criticism like the plague.
3. One of our more peculiar (yet unflinchingly tenacious) editorial policies is that any discussion of popular music must be limited to punk rock. We will, on occasion, consider writing dealing with classical music or early rock n’ roll and indie rock, but a strong commitment to punk rock has been at the heart of Sobriquet since it’s founding in 1995.
4. Although we welcome commentary on a wide range of subjects, Sobriquet does not publish unfounded rants or rambling, paranoid conspiracy theories.
5. Cite all sources.
6. We love interviews with contemporary authors, film makers, actors or other cultural and intellectual figures.
7. Sobriquet’s audience tends to be well-educated, but includes people both in and out of the Academy. As such, we caution our writers against using unnecessarily arcane and academic language more appropriate to publications targeted strictly for a specialized audience, while maintaining a thoughtful and intelligent tone.
8. We prefer MLA style formatting.
9. Hyperlinks are welcome as part of an essay or review, provided they point to sites relevant to the topic at hand.
10. We’re always open to suggestions, so if you’d like to write about something we haven’t mentioned or if you’d like to see a change in our format, please drop us a line.

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