Arid Lands Institute

Arid Lands Institute

Burbank, CA


ARID Journal Call for Submissions

By jeremy delgado
Nov 28, '12 4:31 PM EST

ARID seeks written submissions from independent scholars, writers, researchers, and journalists that showcase innovative, compelling, and intellectually rigorous storytelling. We also encourage visual, film, and audio submissions including photo essays, illustrations, cinema, soundscapes, music, and other forms of cultural production.  We encourage both scholarly articles and papers as well shorter, more informal essays.

Authors are encouraged to submit related art and photography with their written pieces. Artists and photographers may submit stand-alone visual essays. Articles and essays must be original and unpublished and not under consideration by other journals at the time of submission. We will consider previously published media works on a case-by-case basis.

We are now accepting submissions for our March 2013 issue through January 15, 2013 at our new online submission site at:

All submitted works are reviewed in an open, peer-reviewed process by at least two reviewers familiar with the content and scope of work submitted. Works selected for further editing and possible publication will be notified by July 31st, 2012. Please visit the Submissions page for guidelines and works accepted before submitting your submission online.

“The desert has long served as a kind of living laboratory for human and environmental experiences and developments. The world’s desert regions have been sites for urban construction, military testing and combat, religious and spiritual traditions, natural resources, extraction, and a host of other aesthetic, scientific, and artistic interactions.”

—The Desert Initiative

ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology is a peer-reviewed bi-annual journal focusing on cross-disciplinary explorations of desert arts, design, culture and the environment for both scholarly and new audiences. ARID seeks submissions of scholarly articles, curriculum, visual essays and other media including sound and video that investigate diverse aesthetic, social, cultural, historical, ecological and political subjects related to desert regions of the American Southwest and beyond. ARID emphasizes the convergence of art, design, and culture with science, ecology, geography and other related disciplines to create a unique snapshot of and dialog about desert environs and cultures with a vested and active interest in the desert as a point of creative investigation.

ARID is an interdisciplinary online project jointly published by multiple institutions that launched on September 1st, 2012. 


The Fall 2012 issue can be found HERE

The ARID Journal editorial team can be found HERE

Image: © 2012 Sean Deckert. from ARID issue 1