We are seeking new submissions for 2018! 

Mississippi Folklife is a forum on present-day folk and traditional arts within (and bordering) the state of Mississippi. Currently we publish new features on a monthly basis, and we are accepting submissions of essays, photographs, short films, interviews, and performances to add to this multi-media digital publication. Please refer to our submission process and guidelines below.​

Submission Process 

Mississippi Folklife welcomes thoughtful, high-quality submissions year-round on the people, histories, traditions and interpretations of the state of Mississippi.

We publish original articles, photo essays, documentary film and audio, interviews, and reviews of books, music, film, and exhibitions. Please note that we do not accept snail-mail submissions. Contributors should submit a brief, but thorough pitch to one of our editors (Music, CustomVisual Arts). Pitches should be around 300 to 600 words in length and, if relevant, accompanied by 1-3 multimedia samples or photos. We also welcome submissions from photographers and artists who are documenting and exploring the state of Mississippi and its borders. Published photo essays are led with impressive original photography accompanied by a written introduction. Photo essay submissions should include up to 15 high-resolution (up to 1 MB) images with captions and/or identifying information, a short introduction of 200-300 words and image credits.

If your pitch is accepted, articles should be submitted in a Microsoft Word-compatible document to the editor of interest. The entire document, including title, quotations, and endnotes, should be double-spaced, 12-point font. When submitting, please consult the The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Articles are typically around 1,500 to 2,000 words.

All published features are supported with a contributor honorarium. Travel stipends for contributors are offered on a case-by-case basis, and should be requested in a brief, proposed budget.

Mississippi Folklife reserves the right to edit submissions before publication. We will never publish any works without the written permission and consent of the writer. All submissions are reviewed by our editorial staff, with at least three respective reviewers, including our Managing Editor. We do our best to respond to submissions within 6 weeks. All submissions should pertain to the three core areas of Mississippi Folklife: Music, Custom, or Visual Arts.

There is no submission fee at this time. 

Copyright Statement

The Mississippi Arts Commission will hold perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to the material. The MAC also maintains the right to duplicate and utilize the material for non-profit, educational purposes. Submissions will be made accessible to the public free of charge. The author retains copyright to all original materials.

Please feel free to contact our Managing Editor Maria Zeringue ( if you have questions about a specific topic or submission.