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The Urban Review welcomes submissions on topics broadly related to urban studies, planning theory, and planning practice. Submissions can be personal reflections, research-based writing, material adapted from other work, etc. We are very interested in pieces that are grounded in a particular location. Please see below for guidelines on rolling submissions and submissions to themed issues.

Rolling Submissions

Have any ideas you’ve been kicking around for a while? Just wrote or rendered something you’re excited about? We want to know! We review and post rolling submissions to our website throughout the year. Please submit your work by e-mail to

Submissions for our Spring 2021 issue “Sick Space” 

The Theme


For this issue we are specifically looking for material addressing connotations of the term “sick,” and its various implications for spatial study and practice. Published work might encompass topics like public health, the impact of climate change on natural systems, or spatial aspects of discriminatory social conditions. We also want to leave room for positive connotations of “sick,” spaces that are inspiring or represent potential solutions. To get you started, we’ve included two quotes below. The first is from writer Susan Sontag’s 1978 work “Illness as Metaphor,” the second is the eighth most popular definition of “sick” on Urban Dictionary.


“Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

― Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor


8. “sick”

An adjective similar to cool referring to something that is either great or completely wrong.

1. Your awesome new skateboard is sick!

2. What you said was just plain sick.


Submission Requirements


We accept a wide range of formats including but not limited to academic articles, personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Visual submissions such as photo essays, maps, visual art, or design renderings are welcome as well. Written work should not exceed 2,000 words. Drawings, maps, and other graphics must be 300 dpi or higher.


Deadline: Sunday, March 21st, 11:59pm EST


Please submit pieces, pitches, or questions to