Burlington Contemporary 

Burlington Contemporary is a free online platform for reviews and research on international contemporary art, published by The Burlington Magazine

The site publishes weekly reviews of exhibitions and books, written by leading critics, artists and scholars.

The Journal section of the site is a peer-reviewed online journal, published three times a year. This presents cutting-edge research on recent art, written to the highest academic standards, yet accessible to a wide international audience. 

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The Burlington Magazine

The Burlington Magazine was founded in London in 1903 by a group of art historians including Roger Fry and Bernard Berenson. Published monthly ever since, it is the longest-running art journal in the English language. It is owned by an independent charitable trust.


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Submit an article

We welcome submissions of new research on contemporary art.  All articles are peer reviewed. 

Read submission guidelines.

We are seeking academic articles on contemporary art for forthcoming issues of the Journal. Submissions, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, should be based on original research and deal with the work of living artists. All articles will be subject to peer review. Please send submissions and questions to burlingtoncontemporary@burlington.org.uk


Burlington Contemporary welcomes submissions of articles that deal with the work of living artists, or with work made in the last thirty years. Articles should be the result of new research that has not been published elsewhere. Submissions are judged in relation to their international and lasting significance to the field of contemporary art. All submissions are subject to peer review from an academic board.

Before submitting an article, you are encouraged to contact the editor with a brief outline of your proposal, especially if your proposal deviates in any way from the preferences set out below.


Articles up to 5,000 words will be considered, although shorter contributions are encouraged and may be prioritised.

Footnotes should be limited to references; discursive footnotes will be cut.

Excerpted interviews may be considered as an appendix if they are of exceptional importance. Otherwise quotes from interviews should be worked into the running text of an article.


Where possible, manuscripts should be submitted in English, although submission in other major European languages are acceptable. If an article in a foreign language is accepted, the Magazine will arrange to have it translated. 

All quotations from non-English language sources should be translated into English and the original text put into a footnote. 


Articles should be sent as email attachments in the form of a Microsoft Word document, using the programme’s footnote facility.



Burlington Contemporary has its own house style and articles will be edited to conform with it. We use UK (British) spelling and style, and with a few exceptions conform to the preferences of The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. 

Illustrations, video and audio content

We welcome film and audio content in addition to images. Please contact the editor to discuss this.

For an article of 2,500-3,500 words, we recommend between eight and twelve illustrations.

Please include as part of the article a numbered list of illustrations, which should relate to figure references within the text. 

Please supply low resolution files of the images. These may be grouped into a separate Word document or pdf file. Please do not place illustrations within the text of the article. If the article is accepted we will discuss with the author the ordering of high-resolution files and the payment of reproduction fees.

Peer review

We aim to respond to all authors within three months of their submission.

All submitted articles are read by the editors and if deemed potentially suitable for publication are sent out for peer review. As a result of the referees’ report an article will be rejected, accepted unconditionally, or (most usually) returned to the author with an invitation to resubmit following the referees’ suggestions. Once an article is accepted we endeavour to give the author a provisional date for publication.

Fees and reproduction costs

we are committed to working with authors of accepted articles to negotiate reproduction fees, covering these costs and obtaining images where necessary.


Contemporary Art Writing Prize

2020 winner announcement and information on next year's prize

The Burlington Magazine is delighted to announce that the winner of the Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2020 is Isabel Parkes


Isabel chose to write about the presentation of Leilah Weinraub’s film Shakedown (2018) on the pornography website Pornhub. In addition to receiving the Prize of £1,000, she will be invited to write a review of a contemporary art exhibition for the Magazine in the coming months. You can read Isabel’s winning review here.


The judges were Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Polly Staple, Director of Collection, British Art, at Tate. They were particularly impressed by Isabel’s ability to incorporate critical thinking into an evocative discussion of the work:

‘The winning text conveyed theoretical underpinning you could trace to a historical conversation while it remained thoroughly contemporary and of this moment’.

The judges also commented on the very high standard of writing among the shortlisted entries. These ambitious and inventive texts, they said, demonstrated the urgency of writing about contemporary art today. The Burlington Magazine would like to thank everyone who participated in and supported the 2020 Prize. 

Due to coronavirus restrictions in place for certain museums and galleries, the launch of the 2021 edition of the Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize has been postponed. We  hope to make a further announcement in January 2021.

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring young writers to engage critically with its forms and concepts. The Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.

If you have any questions about the Prize, please visit www.burlington.org.uk or contact editorial@burlington.org.uk.