The application portal for the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Program is open from May 15 - July 15, 2024.

Each year, we select most of the magazine’s contributions at one deadline: March 1. The pitch window opens January 1.

To ensure the magazine keeps pace with current events and the latest  research, we also consider pitches on urgent topics and those invited by  editors throughout the year. Also, all poetry submissions (except for special calls) are considered on a rolling basis.

SAPIENS uses a “pitch” process, where interested authors submit a  brief synopsis of their story idea. A pitch helps our busy editors  quickly evaluate ideas for potential pieces—and saves you the time of  writing a whole piece before you know if we’re able to accept it.

If you have never pitched a magazine or newspaper before, no problem!  We understand this will be a new process for many scholars. Consider our guidance on how to pitch as required reading.

When evaluating pitches, our editors consider:

  • Is it grounded in anthropological insights?
  • Does it articulate a compelling takeaway?
  • Does it have a clear storytelling component or argument?
  • Is the author well prepared to tell the story or make the argument?
  • Is it a timely story or argument, adding new viewpoints and diverse voices to current conversations?

For the pitch, we’ll ask for your name, email, the story type you’d like to contribute, and four questions:

What is the main takeaway you will communicate to general public readers?
Explain why your piece is timely and relevant to nonacademics. (50 words)

What is your background in anthropology, and why are you the right person to tell this story?
Share if you have an advanced degree, a recently published article  or book, and/or relevant work or community position that shows your  expertise on this subject. (50 words)

What is your story or argument?
Clearly outline the story or argument, explain why it matters and  what’s interesting about it, and tell us what research and/or  experiences you’ll draw on. Be sure to convey why this story is timely  and relevant for nonacademic readers, and why it’s a good fit for  SAPIENS. (250 words)

Will your background, perspective, and/or research contribute to  the magazine’s goals of bringing historically marginalized voices  forward? (optional)
Explain how this piece will provide voices and stories of diverse  viewpoints from people historically marginalized by anthropology. (50  words)

Additional Considerations:

For book excerpts, submit your full proposed section. This can be a  complete chapter, an abridged version of one chapter, or parts of  multiple chapters combined and lightly edited for clarity, with the full  permission of your book’s publisher. The excerpt should be no more than  1,500 words or less and work as a standalone piece. (See here for examples.)

For multimedia pieces, provide the relevant artwork, video, sound  files, illustrations, et cetera, along with a brief synopsis of the  story you are proposing to tell and your vision for the structure and  layout of the piece.

For “moving hearts” contributions, include a full draft of the submission along with the pitch.

When ready, click on the link below. You’ll create a Submittable  account; it’s super easy, and we won’t share your information with  anyone. Only submit one pitch at a time.

Please reach out to the editorial team if you still need advice or have questions: editor• We are here to help!

We welcome the opportunity to consider your poetry for publication in SAPIENS. Please submit up to three original poems here.

Each year, we select most of the magazine’s contributions at one deadline: March 1.  

However, we consider poems and also pitches on urgent topics and those invited by the editors throughout the year, to ensure the magazine keeps pace with current events and the latest research. 

Please submit your pitch here.