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TNI’s April issue will be “Faith.” If we’ve spent the last few months imagining the intangible and the potentially possible, this issue aims to examine a force intrinsic to that imagining. Belief, religion (both lower and uppercase), holy texts, the sacred and the profane, this is an opportunity to discuss theological subjects with the same curiosity and rigor as any other part of our lives. We ask that you do not submit any piece arguing for the existence or nonexistence of God(s), but rather take for granted life on this planet has been shaped by belief.

Here are some topic ideas we hope will inspire you:

syncretisms, white supremacy+Christianity, liberation theology, Islam in East+South Asia, black muslims, queer-centered spiritualities, sikhs in the U.S., organized religion and profit/capitalism, holy animals, anarchism and spirituality, sacrificial/transfiguration, anthropology (and its feminist and LGBTQIA undercurrents for clergy and devotees), eschatology and analogous branches of study, blasphemy and “crisis of faith in the West” narratives, recuperation of leftist idealism in hagiographies of the current papacy, queer and feminist clergy (ex: American Episcopalianism vs. Anglicism and schisms in anti-gay policy between Global North/South congregations), stealth hymnals, narcissism and minor martyrs, communitarianism (i.e. Catholic Workers), liberation theology, jubilee, self-belief, sacred objects, science as belief system, sacrifice, reincarnation, obeah/voodoo, supernatural beings, holy cities, 12 step programs, asceticism, messiahs, conversions, guilt, salvation, innocence, justice, cults, Jonestown, the singularity as nerd theology, animism + robots, prophecy, holy speech, who kicked who out of the garden

We’re seeking essays from 1,500 to 3,000 words, and you would need to be able to turn in a draft no later than January 16th. If you have an idea for an interview or a short feature, we’re looking for that too.

For inclusion in this issue, please send pitches to
submissions@thenewinquiry.com with
the subject line “Faith PITCH” by 5 pm on March 5th. We will respond
to accepted pitches after that date.

If you have an idea for an interview or a short feature, we’re looking
for that too. We do not accept fiction or poetry.

best,
Ayesha Siddiqi
eic TNI

Note: If you do not hear back from us in two weeks’ time, it’s safe to assume we have not chosen to run your submission and you are free to pitch it elsewhere.

For complete submission guidelines, read TNI’s Submission Guidelines.