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.

From 2019, the reviews will be joined by an online journal, to be published three times a year. This will present 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.


Contemporary Art Writing Prize

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize is now open for entries

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.


Deadline 31st March 2019

£1,000 prize


Submission Requirements
Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 31st March 2019 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer, to editorial@burlington.org.uk

For more information, please visit: www.burlington.org.uk

If you have any enquiries about the Writing Prize, please contact editorial@burlington.org.uk



The judges for the 2019 edition of the prize are Andrea Fraser and Sir Nicholas Serota. 



Andrea Fraser is an artist, writer and researcher best known for her foundational work in the area of institutional critique. She has exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013), the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (2005), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (London, England, 2003), the Venice Biennale (1993) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1989). She is currently Professor in New Genres at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her most recent research project (in book form), 2016 in Museums, investigates the links between museum funding and political donations.

Sir Nicholas Serota is Chair of Arts Council England and a member of the Board of the BBC. He was Director of Tate from 1988 to 2017.  During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000 and extension 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Between 1976 and 1988 he was Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. In recent years he has curated or co-curated exhibitions of Donald Judd, Howard Hodgkin, Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter.





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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 this major new online publishing project. 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


Submission guidelines 

Burlington Contemporary welcomes submissions of articles that deal with the work of living artists, or with work made in the last twenty 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 must be submitted by email to burlingtoncontemporary@burlington.org.uk.


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.

When an article is based on unpublished documents, a transcription should appear as an appendix. 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 as long as they are accompanied by a short résumé (up to 150 words) in English. 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

Given the high costs involved in publishing recent works of art, we will work with authors of accepted articles to negotiate reproduction fees, covering these costs and obtaining images where necessary.