Submit to Spire

Final submission deadline for Issue #2 (to be published in Spring 2018) is December 10, 2017. Optional advance proposal deadline (<500 words) for authors seeking feedback is November 10, 2017.

Spire is at its heart an interdisciplinary and community-engaged resource, so we encourage submissions from any field or background. The more diversity, the better. Therefore, submitted works may take a number of forms, including but not limited to:

  • An essay on an environmentally relevant topic
  • An article detailing a project or study in which the author participated
  • A collection of data gathered by the author
  • A journalism piece highlighting a specific environmental issue
  • Artwork, photography or other digital media
  • A narrative or poem

Submissions to Spire should advance dialogue around conservation and/or sustainability. Therefore, the primary purpose of accepted submissions is not to advertise any particular organization, group or company, but instead to inform and prompt new thinking among our community.

We conduct a comprehensive peer review process. After an initial review by our Editorial Team, submissions are assigned at least two peer reviewers.

General Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should be sent to the Editorial Team at
  • The email subject line for all submissions should include the author’s last name and the words “Submission to Spire.” Example: LastName Submission to Spire
  • In the body of the submission email, please provide a brief description of your piece including your field of study (if applicable).

Proposal Submission Guidelines

  • If you choose to submit an optional early proposal for feedback before the final deadline, please prepare a project description of 500 words or less and send it to us in the body of an email or as an attachment in either .docx or .pdf format.
  • All proposals should be sent to the Editorial Team at
  • The email subject line for all submissions should include the author’s last name and the words “Proposal for Spire.” Example: LastName Proposal for Spire
  • Please contact us at for any questions you may have regarding the proposal process.

Guidelines for Submission Types

Submissions of typed documents

  • Typed documents should be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font and submitted in a .docx file as an email attachment.
  • Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words total (including references).
  • Submissions should be prepared and any references cited according to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition or higher. You may find a free and open-access version of the stylebook at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. For any questions concerning style or if authors anticipate difficulty with CMS, please contact our Editorial Team at
  • In some cases, authors may wish to link to certain source materials directly (images, popular press articles, other websites, external data, etc.). If so, please hyperlink select text directly in your typed submission. Wherever possible, ensure that linked materials are freely accessible on the open Web.

Submissions of computer generated artwork

  • File Formats: Please submit computer generated artwork in a TIFF, PNG or high-quality JPEG file.

Submissions of physically rendered artwork:

  • Lighting Condition: A physical piece must be photographed in a brightly lit area without a camera flash.
  • Image Quality: Please photograph all artwork with a DSLR, Digital Scanner, or other high-quality recording device. (Avoid using cell phones, for example.)
  • File Formats: Please submit photographed artwork in a TIFF, PNG, or high-quality JPEG file.

Submissions of photography:

  • Image Quality: Photographs should conform to aesthetic norms characteristic of high-quality photography such as proper exposure and lack of image grain.
  • File Formats: Please submit photographed artwork in a TIFF, PNG, or high-quality JPEG file. Do not submit photographs in a RAW, CR2, or DNG format.

Submissions of videography:

  • Video Format: Video submissions should be sent in a universally used format such as .mov, .mp4, or .avi.
  • Video Quality: Please do not submit videos smaller than 1280 * 720 p (1920 * 1080 p preferred). Videos should conform to aesthetic norms characteristic of high-quality videos, including proper exposure, smooth and balanced audio, and lack of image grain.
  • Videos can be submitted in a number of ways, including email attachments, file transfer services (Dropbox, Google Drive), and links to video playback websites (Youtube, Vimeo).

The inaugural edition of Spire was released on May 4, 2017. We are currently considering submissions for inclusion in our second issue (expected Spring 2018).