Portal 9 welcomes submissions of new writing in Arabic and English. We publish fiction, essays, reportage, criticism, reviews, conversations, academic articles, and visual essays – from photography to illustrations to architectural drawings.

Portal 9 explores the nexus of urbanism and culture in the Middle East and the rest of the world, and we seek contributions from emerging writers, graduate students, and seasoned authors.

Interested writers should bear in mind that Portal 9 is published twice yearly. We value the editorial and translation process, and articles often undergo rewrites and rigorous edits of multiple drafts. Authors should refer to the style sheet below to ensure their text complies with Portal 9 guidelines. All articles published in the print edition are translated into Arabic or English, and this process requires that we plan many months in advance.

We encourage writers to review current and past issues as well as online content in order to gauge whether a submission might be suitable for
Portal 9. Word counts of submissions may range from 1,000 to 6,000 words.

Submissions need to demonstrate a thorough understanding and knowledge of the available research for the topic at hand. We seek bold arguments and daring insights. We aspire to publish articles that break new ground and prose that intrigues and spellbinds. We expect nuance and trenchant detail.

Only one submission will be considered at a time.

Please complete the fields below and include the first few paragraphs or an excerpt of no more than 2,000 characters of your submission. Please upload your CV, a writing sample, and the full text of your submission. If your piece is suitable for Portal 9, the editors will respond within a month of receipt.


Portal 9 invites publishers and authors to send their books for review. In the , we also feature book excerpts that shed light on the current issue’s theme. Please send books to our office:

Portal 9
Solidere Multidisciplinary Design Department
Building 201, 4th Floor
Maarad Street
PO Box 11 9493
Beirut, Lebanon
T +961 1 980 650, Ext 3472
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