Call for Submissions on Ukraine and Russia

Dear readers,

Balkanist has published dozens of new as well as more established writers since launching a year ago. Most of the submissions we receive still focus on the Balkans, and we will continue to accept high-quality articles about the region. However, we have recently relocated to Odessa, and are looking to publish a greater number of pieces on Ukraine and Russia, as well as Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

We are particularly interested in articles from independent writers who are not afraid to confront (or criticize) prevailing coverage of the region and the current crisis.

Our magazine launched from the Balkans, and we believe that the Western media played an unfortunate role in lazily reinforcing the strictly nationalist assumptions (propagated by leaders like Slobodan Milosevic, Franjo Tudjman, and Radovan Karadzic) about the breakup of Yugoslavia during the 1990s. We are looking for the many stories from Ukraine we know from the Yugoslav experience are often lost in the day-to-day reporting about war.

Submissions about corruption, war profiteers, human trafficking (especially in wartime), media criticism/analysis, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), social cohesion in light of the current conflict, and other narratives that do not fit neatly into any predetermined categories are especially welcome.

Send your submissions to

Please note that we are a very small team and currently receive several inquiries daily, so do not be discouraged if it takes us several days to respond.



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