If you are interested in writing for us, please submit a pitch or sample to or send a direct message on twitter (@the_black_lamp). There is no word limit, though between 2,000 and 5,000 words is likely to be the length of most pieces we publish.

We are open to publishing across the spectrum of the left. This will be non-sectarian in that there isn’t a specific political line we wish to advance (the Black Lamp editors do not have a coherent shared political line). Rather we are aiming to create a space for the kinds of long form discussions that aren’t available on social media.

We welcome submissions from those whose interests lie in the development of society in a meaningfully participative direction. As such we will not engage with identitarian bigotries: any form of racism, transphobia, homophobia or ableism are fundamentally incompatible with our understanding of emancipatory politics and will be immediately rejected.

We are seeking historically and theoretically rigorous pieces. As such you should be willing to do thorough research before submitting, and you should share your sources and citations with us as you submit for our team to review. If you are inexperienced or don’t feel confident as a writer we would encourage you to still pitch ideas and we can help and support you in the writing process. We are also open to an interview format if you feel you have something to share and would prefer a dialogical approach. Our aim is to create a space to stimulate dialogue, not to exclude those who have not published before. You must also welcome criticism, of course to be undertaken in a comradely fashion, as we will be hoping to publish responses to and critiques of all work, generating a dialogue that we hope will be useful to the wider left.