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The Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal (HBLJ) is excited to announce the 2020 Call for Content for our 37th volume. HBLJ is looking for submissions from activists, organizers, community members, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people, lawyers, scholars, students, and others thinking about Black life.

The theme of this year’s volume will be “Uprising: Resistance as Abolition, Abolition as Resistance.” We encourage the submission of papers that deal with various forms of resistance to anti-Blackness, the abolition of prisons and police, and their intersections. In addressing these topics, we welcome a variety of written formats and modes of expression, including (but not limited to) short stories and essays, poetry, memoirs, legal analysis, and research in other disciplines. Additionally, we welcome non-written work related to this year’s theme, such as visual art and photography. Submissions should be no more than 20 pages. 

Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately will only be able to accept electronic submissions, and we will be accepting them until December 31, 2020. Please email submissions and any questions to