Submissions & Reviewing

What are we looking for?

The Markaz Review aka TMR seeks essays, fea­ture arti­cles and reviews of books, film, music, the­atre and art, as well as profiles/interviews of artists, film­mak­ers, musi­cians and writ­ers (1,000–3,000 words). We’re inter­est­ed in cov­er­ing a world­wide array of visu­al, lit­er­ary and per­form­ing arts events, as well as cur­rent affairs. We also pub­lish opin­ion columns (750–1,500 words). Our style is seri­ous with­out being aca­d­e­m­ic. Our writ­ers care and are even pas­sion­ate on the sub­jects they cover.

Crit­i­cal and com­par­a­tive think­ing in TMR writ­ing is key. It is essen­tial for all Markaz Review sto­ries that the writer have a strong point of view, a clear voice, a sense of author­i­ty about the sub­ject, with a com­mand­ing lead para­graph and a strong con­clu­sion. Mere­ly relat­ing bio­graph­i­cal details and shar­ing quotes does­n’t do the trick. Read­ers want to know from the get-go, why should they be inter­est­ed in this sub­ject or this per­son? what’s so spe­cial about it/them? The writer has to get at the essence of the sub­ject, and not be sat­is­fied with appear­ances — just quot­ing some­one, for exam­ple, is being sat­is­fied with the sur­face details, with appear­ances, but what lies beneath, what is the psy­chol­o­gy and/or phi­los­o­phy of the sub­ject, the expe­ri­ence and its mean­ing or sig­nif­i­cance? We want to think more about essences than appear­ances. We also encour­age writ­ers not to only get infor­ma­tion from the sub­ject (the “horse’s mouth” as it were) but oth­er sources, includ­ing crit­i­cal assess­ment. This goes with­out saying.


Book pub­li­cists, authors and pub­lish­ers should address a press release and an elec­tron­ic ARC of your book to our Book Edi­tor, who han­dles assign­ments: Rana Asfour, To poten­tial­ly have your film, art exhi­bi­tion or oth­er event reviewed, drop us a line at and your query will be for­ward­ed to the appro­pri­ate editor.

Review­ers: While we are very open to com­par­a­tive review essays (typ­i­cal­ly 1,000–3,000 words), we dis­cour­age writ­ers from pitch­ing reviews in which they would be writ­ing about books or films by friends. A lit­tle objec­tiv­i­ty goes a long way, and we pre­fer crit­i­cal writ­ing that holds work to high standards.


What do we care about?

TMR is an inter­na­tion­al plat­form for cre­ative inquiry, crit­i­cism, per­for­mance and dia­logue that explores the arts, human­i­ties and cur­rent affairs. Rec­og­niz­ing that we live in a world frag­ment­ed by racism, gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, set­tler-colo­nial­ism, class and caste sys­tems, xeno­pho­bia and ori­en­tal­ism, we raise our voic­es for social jus­tice and human rights.

When does TMR publish?

Writ­ten or audio­vi­su­al con­tri­bu­tions appear either in TMR Week­ly, pub­lish­ing every Mon­day, or in our month­ly online mag­a­zine, a themed issue every 15th of the month. Sub­mis­sions range from 750 to 3,000 words, but please query with a one- or two-para­graph pitch, to


All work must be turned in as either a Word file or a Google doc using the Word for­mat­ting. Track changes (not email exchanges) remain the gold stan­dard with respect to edit­ing, cor­rec­tions and final drafts. No exceptions. 

Please do not send sto­ries or cor­rec­tions in the body of your email. After pub­li­ca­tion, minor cor­rec­tions are accept­able via email.

If you are send­ing images, upload all of them to one Google dri­ve fold­er and share the link to that fold­er with TMR. Upload a Word doc with cap­tions for your images into that same fold­er. Please do not send mul­ti­ple images with mul­ti­ple emails. 


All op-eds, columns or reviews must be turned in not less than one week pri­or to the agreed-upon pub­li­ca­tion date. We pub­lish every Mon­day, thus your work must be turned in no lat­er than the pre­vi­ous Monday. 


Queries will be accept­ed up to the 20th of the month pre­ced­ing the month of pub­li­ca­tion (always the 15th of each month).

The final pol­ished draft of approved sto­ries will be accept­ed up to the 5th of the month of pub­li­ca­tion, unless trans­la­tion is required, in which case you must add an addi­tion­al week to 10 days ahead of the dead­line on the 5th of the month. Any sto­ries turned in after the 5th of the month of pub­li­ca­tion will be con­sid­ered late and may not make it into pub­li­ca­tion. To avoid con­fu­sion, please turn in your work ear­ly or on time.

Edit­ing, lay­out, design and pub­li­ca­tion prep for each month­ly issue must be com­plet­ed no lat­er than the 10th of the month. This allows TMR time to pre­pare PR and mar­ket­ing of the issue, prep­ping social media posts and oth­er outreach.


Call for Submissions: TMR 26 • GAMES • Nov 2022 

Sports and games can teach uni­ver­sal val­ues such as fair­ness, team­build­ing, equal­i­ty, dis­ci­pline, inclu­sion, per­se­ver­ance & respect, con­tribut­ing to the devel­op­ment of skills need­ed for respon­si­ble cit­i­zen­ship. The MENA region can lay claim to being the birth­place of the board game concept. 

But what type of cit­i­zen­ry should we expect when games are being con­stant­ly mon­e­tized and politi­cized, or else fla­grant with mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion and demo­niza­tion? When fan con­trol turns to pop­u­la­tion con­trol? When vio­lent games are being played on smart phones or con­soles in air-con­di­tioned video game cafés? Art, pho­tog­ra­phy, film, music, fic­tion, essays & reviews on MENA folk games like Bar­jees, tawla, and Dama to the more uni­ver­sal­ly known ones, from this year’s con­tro­ver­sial World Cup, to camel rac­ing, video games and every­thing else in between.
Query by 5 Novem­ber, copy dead­line 10 Novem­ber, 2022 to


Call for Submissions, TMR 27 • FREEDOM

Our Dec/Jan issue is devot­ed to indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive free­dom. Often, gov­ern­ments hijack social move­ments and ham­per indi­vid­ual free­dom. Poets and writ­ers, cit­i­zens and jour­nal­ists, even edu­ca­tors and film­mak­ers are some­times cen­sored, beat­en, arrest­ed, impris­oned, and even mur­dered. We’re also aware that we cen­sor our­selves. Either we’re unable to face the truth or we’re afraid to offend because we have some­thing to lose. But we all lose when our free­dom is lim­it­ed, when truth and jus­tice are threatened.

Query by 30 Novem­ber, copy dead­line 5 Decem­ber, 2022 to

Future Issue Themes

IRAQ   Feb — just pri­or to the 20th anniver­sary of the March 2003 invasion
DOHA April


What’s been our track record?

Over the years, Lev­an­tine Cul­tur­al Center/Markaz flag­ship pro­grams have engaged com­mu­ni­ties to over­come ani­mos­i­ty and racism to learn about one anoth­er. They include Arabs, Blacks and Jews: The Art of Resis­tance (2005–2010); Free­dom The­atre West (2011–2014); Gaza Surf Relief (2007–2015); New Voic­es in Mid­dle East­ern Cin­e­ma (2010–2015); and the Sul­tans of Satire (2005–2017). Mean­while our Inside-Out­side Gallery (2009–2016) pre­sent­ed many group and solo art exhibits fea­tur­ing fine artists from across the Mid­dle East/North Africa and the Amer­i­can diaspora.

Contributor Honoraria

The Markaz Review (TMR) is a non-prof­it pub­li­ca­tion. TMR offers con­trib­u­tors a mod­est honorarium.

What else would you like to know?

The Markaz Review presents online art gal­leries as well as live per­for­mances, short films, dis­cus­sion groups and presentations/Q & As with world experts. We soon hope to pro­duce a reg­u­lar pod­cast and online arts and lan­guage cours­es. The pri­ma­ry lan­guage of TMR is Eng­lish. All arti­cles also appear in French and Span­ish ver­sions. We fre­quent­ly trans­late from Ara­bic and oth­er languages.