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Agora / Submissions

Agora is a student-operated annual peer reviewed publication of the University of Michigan. Based in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the journal traditionally publishes work from a wide range of disciplines, and provides an opportunity for members of the campus community to share perspectives on a variety of urban issues, including those that affect the region, the state, and the planet.

Agora 8 will begin seeking submissions in Fall 2013. For any students or alumni interested in submitting their work for consideration, please see the publication's general guidelines in Agora 7's call for submissions as shown below.

AGORA 2013: Public/Private

This year's edition will focus on the nature of and relationship between the public and private realms. Agora welcomes submissions focusing on public entities, private entities, or those that fall somewhere in between. We encourage authors to submit pieces written from a wide variety of perspectives, including spatial, institutional, or sociological. Submissions could investigate the division between private and public, highlight one side of the division, or question the concept of a division entirely. We also seek those that tie theory to practice, and those that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of urban studies.

That said, thematic submissions are NOT mandatory, and we look forward to including work on a diverse range of topics.

Awards for Outstanding Work

Agora will award a total of $500 in prizes ($300 for first place, $200 for second) from the Urban and Regional Planning Program to this year's most outstanding submissions as determined by the Agora Editorial Board and Advisory Staff, based on quality of work, clarity and relevance of content, and consideration of this year's theme. All U-M student submissions will be considered for these awards, and the winners will be featured in the print and online editions of the journal.


We are pleased to accept many different types of submissions, including:

  • Short papers (5,000 words or less)
  • Photographs and photographic essays
  • Drawings
  • Design projects
  • Literature reviews
  • Opinions/Commentary
  • Maps


  • Cover Page - Include:
    1. your name
    2. short biographical statement (ex: current and prior degrees, concentration, school/program, etc.)
    3. e-mail address
    4. phone number
  • Abstract: Include a one-paragraph abstract (100–200 words)
  • File Format: All written work must be submitted as Microsoft Word DOC or DOCX.
    • Design work, drawings, and maps should be submitted as a PDF or JPEG no larger than 11x17, and may be in color. Images should be at least 600 dpi to ensure quality printing.
  • Document Format: 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, one-inch margins.
  • Citations: The final edited submission will have in-text citation with a works cited listing at the end of the piece. Only endnotes that add substantive information will be included. We appreciate any effort to put your submission in this format.
  • Individuals may submit more than one piece for consideration.
  • Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2013 (11:59 pm)

E-mail all submissions, questions, or comments to agorajournal@umich.edu.