PROTOCOLS is a cultural journal with an ambitious mission: to curate and publish provocative writing and art from across the global Jewish diaspora with attention to progressive and leftist politics. PROTOCOLS seeks to amplify the voices of Jewish writers and artists marginalized and excluded from mainstream platforms, to provide a vibrant and enriching gateway into Jewish life, and to serve as a home for collective engagement, dialogue, and cultural organizing toward a democratic and liberated future.


We welcome submissions of all forms of writing and art for future issues.

Issue #5: Tikkun/Repair

The split title points to how Jewish discourses of cosmic, personal, and social rectification articulate with political and creative questions of material and symbolic reparation. While contemporary politics have largely focused writers and artists around ideologies and strategies of resistance, this issue shifts attention towards theorizing, elaborating, and imagining future creation and rehabilitation. And yet, at the same time, like Walter Benjamin’s “angel of history,” repair seems fundamentally turned towards the past.

Notions of tikkun and repair are hardly straightforward and both have their limits. The former can encompass both kabbalistic philosophy and progressive social justice copy. The latter may refer to the mending of textiles or to the restoring of relationships. And is tikkun always desirable? Can repair go wrong?  

Please send detailed pitches for essays, criticism, and reviews that outline the context, argument, and relevance to the issue. Fiction and creative nonfiction up to 6000 words; short-shorts and linked shorts 500-1000 words. No line limits for poetry. Translations, hybrid or intergenre work, and simultaneous and multiple submissions accepted, as well as reprints of work that has only appeared in print.

We accept a range of art submissions including but not limited to textile, performance, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, digital, and other multi-media work.

Relevant submissions might address:

Send all text submissions and questions to submissions@prtcls.com.

Send all art submissions to art@prtcls.com.

Deadline: March 15, 2019


We are looking for people in various capacities to join and/or collaborate with the Protocols team! If you are interested, please reach out to contact@prtcls.com with subject line “JOIN.”