Submissions to Apricot

Deadline July 31, 2018


Apricot takes its name from Sarah Bakewell's book At the Existentialist Cafe. Apricot is not explicitly a journal about existentialist thought. Bakewell mentions how Raymond Aron wowed Simone de Beauvoir and her boyfriend Jean Paul Sartre with his thoughts on an apricot cocktail. Aron's zeal in the seemingly mundane and overlooked is the spirit Apricot seeks to emulate. Equal parts zine and academic journal, Apricot wants to be a journal where artists and scholars come together to discuss practice and theory. We welcome respectful dissent and tension. We don't believe in zero sum logic; there is room for everyone. For its debut issue, Apricot seeks submissions from and about trans artists and scholars that fall under the larger theme of transvisibility.




• Peer reviewed
• All submissions receive notes from readers
• We ask that you follow the current Chicago Style Guide (16th edition)
• Short form pieces should be between 2,000 - 6,000 words
• Full length pieces should be between 6,000 - 9,000 words

• We are interested in work that puts theory and practice in conversation
• We encourage personal voices accessible to a broad audience
• We also encourage precise vocabulary when it is necessary


Premiere Issue Winter 2018 - transvisibility

Full Call for submissions

LGBTQ is simultaneously a great unifying moniker for a minority culture and community and is equally inadequate in capturing the range of experiences within any single part of it. Historically, various constituents of the LGBTQ community have been at the media forefront and arguably therefore representatives of the entire community. The Gay Liberation movement of the late 1960s quickly prioritized the political and social interests of gay (white) men. Lesbians were fighting alongside them in the streets and courtrooms as was the trans community, and both were largely ignored. This hierarchy of attention, access, and power has persisted for many decades. 

To recognize this historical imbalance, the premiere issue of Apricot seeks submissions that celebrate transvisibility in a trans-historical context. We welcome articles and essays that reclaim time and space for forgotten trans icons. We are particularly interested in giving space to work that introduces the larger community to the work of the little known artists and scholars throughout history. For example, topics from so-called bathroom legislation to the arguable white washing of trans identity via Caitlyn Jenner and celebrity culture, and the reclamation of lost trans voices (e.g. Sylvia Rivera) are welcome.

Essays and articles should focus on issues surrounding the trans community. We encourage authors to engage critically with their subject matter; however, we do not look to publish polemics. There is responsibility to be borne, but Apricot is not interested in publishing zero-sum-game thinking.


Apricot  opens up the space of peer reviewed publication. Not every idea wants to be a full length article. For Apricot, essays are 2,000-6,000 words in length. We encourage authors to use the shorter length to their benefit. An Apricot essay is a great forum to reflect on a recent performance you may have seen and its significance. Essays can also be a wonderful venue to introduce the work of artists and scholars. While not explicitly thesis driven, essays must be focused on a cohesive subject. 


Articles are expected to be thesis and research driven with a length between 6,000-9,000 words. Authors are strongly encouraged to write in a style that is personal and accessible to a broad audience. Apricot is committed to bringing so-called academic writing to a larger readership. We encourage specific vocabulary when it is necessary, and equally urge you to make difficult ideas more accessible to a non-specialized audience. 

non-text based

We also welcome submissions of non-text based work or short creative writing pieces. At this time, we cannot accept video submissions for the journal. Non-text based submissions should still reflect the current call. 



Submitting your work 

To begin the process,  click on the button below to fill out a form. We ask for some basic information and for a brief abstract of your work. 

After reviewing your abstract, we will contact you with a link to upload your full length essay, article, or non-text based work. All written work should follow our style guide. We will only consider one submission per author/artist for each issue. 


WHAT to expect

We want to respect and recognize the labor involved in writing. To that end, we will assess and comment on all submissions to Apricot. Authors/artists will receive notification two weeks from the deadline. Comments will be anonymous.

Are you new to this kind of writing or just have a question? Drop us an e-mail and we can start a conversation.

Critical generosity

Critical generosity is what it sounds like. In evaluating work, NOGO Arts commits itself to encountering work on its terms. That means that we will strive to let work speak for itself rather than assuming it speaks to us and our immediate aesthetic and editorial expectations.