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.
Now moving toward our third volume (2018-19), we have made it through some growing pains and have found our place and pace. Beginning with volume three, we’ll publish once a year on the summer solstice; each volume will have an open topic section and a special-topic section. We accept submissions year round for our open-topic section; early each fall we will publish specific calls for submissions with a deadline for the special-topics section.
Quarterly Horse is a non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal associated with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Studies. In addition to offering free and open access to all content, this journal charges no fees for article submission, processing, or publishing.