Musicians, Movement, and Literature: Blues and Jazz Representation

deadline for submissions: 
January 3, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club
contact email: 

The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club website is seeking monthly feature articles ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words on various blues and jazz topics for 2018. Our organization is looking for individuals who are actively engaged in blues and jazz culture and/or scholarship who are interested in writing conversational yet informative articles for our website.

This year, we are particularly interested in highlighting the representation of musicians and movement in blues and jazz themed literature. How are musicians of different races represented in literature? Does the representation change based on geographical location? What types of movement exist within these texts, in relation to geographical location, musical creation, and individual growth? We encourage an exploration of representation and movement in these and a variety of other ways.

New for 2018, we are looking for people who would be interested in interviewing blues and jazz musicians in their area and creating an interview spotlight of between 2,500 and 5,000 words.

We are also in particular need of 1,000-3,000 word articles on the following topics/books:

  • Nina Simone
  • B.B. King
  • Black dance
  • Jazz poetry
  • Blues poetry
  • Blues and jazz representation in film
  • Blues and jazz representation in fiction
  • Deep Blues by Robert Palmer
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A Blackmon
  • Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver
  • I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone


Please visit our website at to see examples of the types of scholarship we publish.

In addition, we are looking for 500-1,000 word book reviews of books on our reading list.* If you are interested in writing a review, please see the reading list on our website for books, and email Chelsea Adams to express your interest. You are also welcome to suggest books that you think would be a good fit for the website.

We invite authors to submit a 250-word abstracts on their proposed topic and a 50-word bio to Chelsea Adams at  The deadline for abstracts is January 3, 2018.


*Please note that we cannot provide the books for you, as our budget at this time does not allow for purchase of desk copies.