NOTCHES accepts submissions on histories of sex and sexuality across all regions, periods, and themes. We especially welcome blogs that discuss non-modern and/or non-Western histories and experiences. Posts are only limited by the interests and specializations and interests of our contributors. 

We expect contributors to think broadly—and boldly—about histories of sex and sexuality. Bloggers outside the academy, and outside of the discipline of history, are especially welcome to participate, so long as the posts are historically-minded. For examples of the kind of topics we publish and the tone we wish to achieve, please read through existing posts.

Submissions of a pitch should be made directly to notchesblog@gmail.com only after consulting the requirements outlined below. Please use the form at the end of this page to submit completed blog posts.

Original Blogs

We welcome unpublished submissions (800-1000 words) from professional historians, independent scholars and graduate students. NOTCHES has an expectation of intellectual rigor combined with public accessibility. All post should be engagingly written, accessible to a wider public, and imaginative in their approach and scope. When writing for NOTCHES, language must be clear and free from jargon, and concepts, people, and theories hyperlinked or briefly explained for non-experts. Limited suggestions for further reading are fine, and hyperlinks are required when other authors’ works or ideas are directly mentioned; use hyperlinks where possible instead of footnotes. Posts must also be submitted with at least one relevant image (see Image Policy) that is either the author’s own image, in the public domain or for which the author has secured permission.

Archives of Desire

Archives of Desire posts illuminate the history of sexuality  in 300-500 words by showcasing how we can interpret primary source documents and objects. Writers select a single source to show how anything from a memo to a newsletter, a manuscript to a stained glass window can be analyzed to strengthen our knowledge of sex and sexuality in the past and present. Archives of Desire is historical research in action.