MISSION

Quarterly Horse (ISSN 2470-6191) 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.  In addition to offering free and open access to all content, this journal charges no fees for article submission, processing, or publishing.

After publishing three issues in our first volume (2016-17), we decided to cut back two issues a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  We're sticking with Quarterly Horse, though; Semesterly Horse doesn't sound right.  Starting with volume three, we will devote our spring issue to a special topic under the guidance of a guest editor.

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.