Freedom Call for Submissions

Submissions are now closed.

Emor seeks submissions from thinkers, artists, activists, and the curious for Freedom, a new magazine that will be published in spring 2023. Freedom will be a platform for unique and unconventional conversations about Judaism, democracy, and the world. Accepted pieces will engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue about Jewish perspectives on the ideology and lived realities of individual liberty, drawing on Jewish wisdom—broadly defined (e.g., history, literature, culture, rabbinic texts, etc.)—to grapple with contemporary questions. We invite you to submit to our first edition, bringing  your own disciplines and expertise to Freedom’s exploration of the  political and ethical fractures shaping our lives today. 

Teach us. Learn with us. 

We seek those willing to have courageous and honest conversations, with no easy answers. We seek the questions we do not yet know to ask, and those for which we can only find answers in collaboration. Through writing or visual media, we seek you to help contemplate new understandings of both the world we live in, and the worlds we hope to build.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should address the question: “What can Judaism teach us about freedom or living in a free society?” Approach this question from any direction that moves you: an analysis of bodily autonomy from a Jewish perspective, a reflection on the freedom you exercised when you converted and what that tells us about freedom of religion, a poem about how the Exodus echoes in your life today, visual art that responds to this question, and so on.

Each submission must include:

  • Author name and pronouns
  • A short biography (4-5 sentences)
  • Title of piece 
  • Mailing address 
  • Date of submission 

The deadline for Freedom submissions is December 9, 2022.

Compensation: If your submission is accepted for publication, Freedom will award you an honorarium.

Submissions to Freedom are open to individuals aged 18 and over. Freedom will only accept original, previously unpublished work and will trust its community of contributors to uphold standards of academic and artistic integrity. 

Submissions will be selected by a panel of Emor staff and associated volunteers. Please note that submission to Freedom does not guarantee publication; however, submissions not published in the first issue of Freedom do not preclude their inclusion in future publications. In such matters, a representative from Freedom may contact said contributor for renewed approval to publish their work. 

Written Media:

Short stories, poetry, or personal essays should not exceed 1000 words. 

For proposed longer articles, please send a short pitch and writing sample.

If selected for publication, Freedom will acquire the right to publish and promote your work through affiliated websites, printed materials, and T’ruah and Emor social media platforms. Freedom reserves the right to make standard editorial corrections to spelling and transliteration of Hebrew words for all written submissions. In addition, prose pieces may be edited to correct punctuation and improve sentence structure, so long as the meaning of the sentence is not changed.

Other Media:

Submissions of visual media should be no more than two pages and must be accompanied by a short explanation of original content and how it directly answers the question “What can Judaism teach us about freedom or living in a free society?” 

Explanation of intention and creative process is required if relevant to the publication prompt. Longer form explanations of creative processes may be embedded in the media itself (i.e. for audio or audio-visual recordings); however, each audio, visual, and audio-visual vignette must also come accompanied by a 50-word description of its content and relevance to the work it represents as a whole. Please send these along as email attachments, if submitted digitally.

All submissions must include complete attributions for all data, quotes, and content that are not the original work of its creator. 

Freedom has a zero-tolerance policy towards submissions that exhibit gratuitous violence or sexual content, hate speech, explicit political views without argument, and conspiracy theories. 

Furthermore, if your submission includes sensitive material, Freedom respectfully asks for content warnings. Freedom may also decide that content warnings are required to publish a submission; if such a case arises, both parties must agree to the inclusion of content warnings to maintain the safety of publication community members.

If you have any questions about submissions or Freedom’s upcoming publication, please reach out to