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. 

To keep up to date with our latest news and reviews, sign up to our fortnightly newsletter.  


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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Kathryn Lloyd




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. The next submission deadline is 31st July 2021. Submissions, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, should be based on original, unpublished research and deal with the work of living artists. All articles will be subject to peer review. Please send submissions 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.

Potential contributors should first send a 150-word synopsis of their proposed article to the Contemporary Art Editor, Kathryn Lloyd: lloyd@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.

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

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2021 is now open for entries

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. The winner will receive £1,000, their review will be published on Burlington Contemporary and they will also have the opportunity to publish a review of a future 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 in the magazine and on Burlington Contemporary. Designed to encourage aspiring writers, the Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.


Deadline 12th July

£1,000 prize


Submission Requirements
Contenders – who must have published no more than six exhibition reviews in print or online – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition from the last twelve months, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. This year, due to museum and gallery closures caused by the pandemic, we will accept reviews of online exhibitions. There is no age limit for applicants.

The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document together with a completed submission form to: editorial@burlington.org.uk.

The judges for the 2021 edition of the prize are Lowery Stokes Sims and Elizabeth Price

Lowery Stokes Sims is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, craft and design and is known for her particular interest in a diverse and inclusive global art world and her support of artists whose identities and work reflect those values. In 2015 Sims retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, where she served as the Charles Bronfman International Curator and the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator. Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1972–1999) and as executive director, president and adjunct curator for the permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000–2007).

Elizabeth Price is an artist based in London. In 2012, she was awarded the Turner Prize for her video installation THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. In 2013, she won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. She has exhibited in group exhibitions internationally, and has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London; The Art Institute of Chicago; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf; The Baltic, Newcastle upon Tyne; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Whitworth, Manchester. 

2020 Winner
Last year’s winner was Isabel Parkes, who chose to write about the presentation of Leilah Weinraub’s film Shakedown (2018) on the pornography website Pornhub. You can read her winning entry here.

If you have any enquiries about the Prize, please contact: