We publish brief, scholarly essays on American culture, essays that are no more than 1,500 words in length—exclusive of notes and works cited. Brevity is one of our founding virtues. Like a New Yorker story from the 1930s, QH essays get to the meaning of the subject at hand with no words wasted. QH essays engage some aspect of American life & culture; they advance the scholarly conversations surrounding a particular text or question and show evidence of a clear theoretical framework. Rather than attempting to establish a method or a scope, we reject disciplinary boundaries in favor of creative inquiry. In short, we will publish essays that are scholarly and innovative (and brief). And we believe that creativity has a place in academic discourse, that the lyric essay and the scholarly essay should be friends.
Quarterly Horse is a non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal associated with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Studies Association and the College of Arts & Sciences at Johnson & Wales University, Denver. We publish three issues a year, a fall issue in November, a winter issue in February, and a spring issue in June. Like a traditional college student, we take our summer quarter off for a break.