Submission Guidelines

Anthropology News is the AAA’s anthropology magazine. The writing is incisive, the features are engaging, and the opinions are opinionated. We work with volunteer writers, contributing editors, and columnists to keep our readers informed about what’s going on in anthropology.

We welcome contributions from AAA members—from professors to practicing anthropologists to grad students—on topics across the breadth of anthropology and current events. We commission thematic series and circulate calls for proposals throughout the year. We publish longer, feature articles (that go through a development edit), shorter opinion columns, and section news articles selected by contributing editors.



AN has three kinds of primary contributors:

  • Authors contribute a single article for a thematic series or a stand-alone article, as arranged with the managing editor. See below for submission details.
  • Contributing editors have regular AN columns and are selected by their AAA section or committee to manage the column. A list of contributing editors can be found here.
  • Columnists are regular writers for AN’s opinion section. We circulate a call for columnists each year and select opinion writers from the proposal submissions.


Content types

In Focus

Thematic series, feature articles, commentary, photo essays, notes from the field. 1,000–1,600 words. For photo essays, 8–10 high resolution images and a 600 word introductory essay.

Our In Focus feature articles are rooted in anthropological research and written for a broad audience. We aim for engaging, clear writing, with short citations and no footnotes. Take a look at some recent In Focus articles before submitting your proposal: Of Populists and Mutants, “Grab ‘Em by the Patriarchy,” All Populisms are not Created EqualFilm for Good, Watching Movies in Ghana,

Send [email protected] a proposal that includes:

  1. A 250-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your story in a few sentences?
  2. A 50 word author bio.

The managing editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All In Focus pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

We also welcome proposals for thematic series. If you’re interested in curating a series for AN, please email us with your idea at [email protected].


Regular pieces by AN’s opinion columnists who sign up to write on current topics in anthropology and world events. If you would like to be an opinion columnist for AN please keep an eye out for our annual call for proposals in the fall. We also welcome proposals for single contribution opinion pieces. 1,000 words. 

Take a look at current Opinion columns before submitting your proposal: Anthropological Publics, Public Anthropology, Diversity in the Workplace, New Turkey Chronicles, Trumped Up Words

Send [email protected] a proposal that includes:

  1. A 250-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your commentary and argument in a few sentences?
  2. A 50 word author bio.

The managing editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All opinion pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

Association News

The latest in AAA news, AAA committee columns, columns from the executive director and AAA president, fieldnotes on the profession, AAA members in the news, new fellows and awards.

Section News

News and feature articles from the AAA sections.

In Memoriam

Death notices for members of the profession. AN is the Association’s major vehicle for information about deaths of our colleagues. Please notify the AN editor Natalie Konopinski ([email protected]) as soon as you learn of a death so we can locate an author and schedule a tribute for publication. For submission guidelines click here. 500 words.

Book Reviews

Reviews from AAA’s open access book review journal, Anthropology Book Forum.


Illustrated profiles highlighting AAA members, their work, and their career paths.

AN Calendar

If you have an event, field school, call for papers, or other call for proposals to announce, it can be added to the AN calendar. Email [email protected] with the details of your event or call. The AAA also publicizes these announcements through AN and AAA social media.

Job Ads

Classified ads for our print issue are managed through the AAA job board Anthropology Careers and Employment (ACE).


A response to an essay should be posted as a comment online (see the “Comment” feature at the bottom of each article). We encourage no more than 500 words for each comment.

Letters to the Editor

Please send to the managing editor. 500 words or less.

AN and AnthroSource

Approximately four months after publishing online, we archive AN content on AnthroSource (AAA’s digital repository). Once an article is archived on AnthroSource, it will no longer be available on the AN website. AAA members—who support AN through their dues—will be able to continue to access all AN content through AnthroSource.


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