Foreign Affairs covers a broad range of topics related to American foreign policy and global affairs. It strives to present clear thinking by knowledgeable observers on important issues, written in English that can be read with ease and pleasure by both professionals and a broad general audience.
We publish several categories of material. In the print magazine, Comments are 2,000-3,000-word front-of-the-book pieces that make a single, provocative point. Essays are more extensive 4,000-5,000-word pieces of analysis or reportage that comprise the body of the magazine. Review Essays are 2,000-3,000-word discussions of new books. Responses offer 1,000-1,500-word commentaries on material that has been published in previous issues. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 500 words and may be edited for space and style if selected.
As for Web-only features, Snapshots are 750-1,500-word analyses of important current events and policy issues. Letters From are 750-1,500-word firsthand reports from abroad. Postscripts are 750-1,500-word commentaries by past authors on how well their earlier articles for us have held up. Reading Lists highlight leading works on a particular subject and explain what makes them special. And Roundtables bring experts together to hash out major issues in free-flowing discussions.
We welcome pitches and unsolicited manuscripts, considering them on a rolling basis rather than according to a fixed editorial calendar. The best guide to what we are looking for, in terms of both substance and style, is what we have already published, so prospective authors should start by browsing our archives. All submissions should be accompanied by full contact information and a brief note describing the author's current and past positions, recent publications, and relevant experience. We do not have fact checkers and rely on authors to ensure the veracity of their statements. Although we try to avoid using footnotes, contributors should be able to provide appropriate citations for any facts or quotations their pieces contain. Unless otherwise informed, we assume any piece submitted to us is being offered exclusively and that no piece accepted for publication will be published elsewhere simultaneously in any form without our knowledge.
Submissions and editorial inquiries can be sent via email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or regular mail (to Foreign Affairs, Editorial Department, 58 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065).