Call for Submissions: “Multiculturalism and Belonging in the Caribbean/St. Maarten”


Commentaries, an online biannual journal founded by our colleagues at the University of St. Martin, is ready for submissions for its second edition, which will be published in December of 2016. Commentaries publishes essays, poems, visual arts (including photography and film), music, book reviews, and interviews. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016.

Description: Artists, writers, activists, academics, students, commentators, intellectuals, street performers, painters, photographers, videographers, musicians, and creatives are invited to submit a piece related to the theme “Multiculturalism and Belonging in the Caribbean/St. Maarten.”

Guidelines: Limit of two submissions per person. Submit a photo, a bio, and a description about your submission(s). If your work is selected, you will be notified. Please email your submission(s) to: or deliver to the executive secretary’s office at USM (with the label Commentaries on your submission envelope). You may also mail to USM, 1 Soualiga Road, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean.

This edition will include the following:

  • 5 essays, 1500-3000 words. • 10 poems, max 500 words/per poem. • 5 photos on topic. • 5 photos of art works: paintings, drawings, installation pieces, etc. • 5 songs/music, max 5 min or 500 words. • 5 videos/short films/short documentaries on topic. • 3 book reviews of local and regional works. • 1 interview of regional author.

Requirements: Works may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, or Papiamento; papers must be in MLA format (see word limit restrictions above); limit use of end notes; no foot notes; works must be previously unpublished; rights stay with artist; no paid submissions.

For further questions, please email the editor at or send a Whatsapp message to +1 (721) 520-0495.

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