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.
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.
How 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, writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Submissions: FIRE — an issue devoted to fire and climate change NOV 2021
As the planet heats up, raging wildfires have become more common and deadly. From California and Oregon to Greece, Algeria, Turkey and Australia, it often appears that climate change is here and the world as we know it has already changed forever.
TMR seeks reflective and insightful essays, reviews, historical notes, art installations, audio-visual work, photography, music, fiction, poetry on fires literal or symbolic: protest fires, putting out fires, holy fires, ritual fires, the arts of fire (glass, ceramics) from West Asia, North Africa and the diasporas. Work can relate to fire in literal or figurative terms. Deadline to query: Oct. 30. Copy receipt deadline: Nov. 10. Write email@example.com
Call for Submissions: LAUGHTER مزح — DEC 2021
The December issue of The Markaz Review will be devoted to laughter and levity—to satire, irony, humor and the ludicrous; to exploring, representing and offering perspectives on humor’s uses and forms, from historical to contemporary cultures. After a couple of rough Covid years, not to mention climate and human disasters everywhere, we can all truly use some fun and comic relief. Query us with your video clips, interviews, caricatures, political cartoons, artwork, photography, short story, essay, or review proposal. Query deadline is December 1st; the deadline for delivery of content is December 10th. Query firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Markaz Review (TMR) is a non-profit publication and outgrowth of the erstwhile Levantine Cultural Center/The Markaz in Los Angeles. TMR offers contributors a modest honorarium, but we’re not bragging. We look forward to growing and supporting artists and writers inasmuch as possible.
What else would you like to know?
The Markaz Review will present online art galleries as well as live performances, short films, discussion groups and presentations/Q & As with world experts. It will include 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. Arabic translations will begin in 2021.