Instructions for Contributors

Editor: Peter Silen, Ph.D.
Book and Film Review Editor: Patricia Marra, MFT

fort da welcomes manuscripts pertaining to psychoanalytic theory, practice, research, and applied psychoanalysis in the form of articles, reviews, interviews, commentary and poetry. fort da invites all points of view within the psychoanalytic community and endeavors to preserve high intellectual standards within the context of a lively, creative interchange. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they are not simultaneously being submitted elsewhere.

To submit a manuscript, please do the following:

  • If an article, email the manuscript to Peter Silen at His address is 2025 Rose Street, #101, Berkeley, CA 94709. Call him at (510) 525-4557 with any questions. 
  • If a book or film review, e-mail the manuscript to Patricia Marra at Call her at (415) 668-0767 with any questions.

For purposes of fort da’s blind review, please put your name, office telephone number, and office address in a separate file with a 50-word professional biography. Articles should be about 4,000 words and reviews about 2,000 words. Please type all manuscripts doublespaced in Times New Roman 12 and adhere to the APA editorial guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 4th Edition. All manuscripts should be in final form, including references, which also should be in APA style. We will review all manuscripts on the basis of style and content.

Publication of any submissions will be at the discretion of the fort da editorial board. The editorial board also reserves the right to publish commentaries on published manuscripts in the same or subsequent issues of fort da. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to e-mail the entire manuscript, plus cover page file, to our copy editor, Sue Greenberg, at She will review all changes with the authors before going to press. Submissions to the copy editor are due November 1 for spring issue and June 1 for fall issue.

Authors are responsible for organization, clarity, and conciseness; for all statements made in their work; for insuring confidentiality in case material; and for obtaining permission from copyright owners. fort da retains all copyright privileges. As an extra precaution to preserve confidentiality, we do not publish the content of our issues online.

Articles are blind reviewed in order of submission and can be submitted at any time.