An Online Journal for the Amateur Mayanist

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Michael Coe, professor emeritus from Yale University and leading Mayanist, is fond of saying that the "dead hand" of academic professionalism sometimes slows the pace of Maya scholarship.

Indeed, many of the leading early explorers and commentators were not professional scholars. John Lloyd Stephens, who reintroduced the Mayan civilization to the rest of the world (or was it the other way around?), was a lawyer and diplomat. Another was in the insurance business; one was even a grocer. Inspired amateurs all.

Well, there are no "dead hands" here!

Our Mission
The purpose of this journal is to provide a venue where lovers of Mayan culture, history and archaeology can share their experiences and insights, let subscribers know about important issues or events, upload photographs...in short, anything that is like to appeal to others who share their interests.

We hope and believe that though our efforts to build an online community of shared interest centered on the world of the Maya, we will further knowledge and promote understanding of this great culture.


Submission Guidelines
Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  • Our focus is mainly cultural and historical.
    We are committed to helping the world better understand the unique value of the Mayan culture. Our readers are an eclectic group with a wide range of interests. This small-c catholic sensibility, naturally, will include politics. Articles about current political issues affecting the Mayan area are welcome; polemics and diatribes, however, are not.

  • Remember our audience.
    By and large, the viewers or readers of this journal will be mature and educated. Keep this in mind when you are preparing your articles. We are not likely to publish pieces on spring break or all-night pub crawls. Articles that respond to the concerns and interests of more mature travelers will be especially welcome.

  • Mayan language, epigraphy and calendric systems
    Language is a vital aspect of any culture. We are always on the lookout for good solid articles on the Mayan language and writing system, or astronomy. Just remember to write for the popular, non-specialist reader.

  • But not too popular...
    Please, no articles on the current stylish panic surrounding the year 2012.

  • Don't be afraid to be creative.
    We would be delighted to include articles on Yucatecan cuisines; native arts, crafts, and micro-enterprise; or your favorite beach to watch the sea-turtles' midnight run.

  • Document your sources!
    Although this is not intended as an academic journal, certain conventions of the academy will be helpful, especially bibliographic references.


Payment Policies
Our payment policies on submissions to Itzamna are as follows.

  • First time submissions.
    We do not pay for first time submissions except in special cases when we actually commission a piece.

  • Subsequent submissions.
    Every issue will contain between two and four featured articles for which we pay $0.04 (USD) per word (as published). Once you have submitted a first article, you are welcome to "pitch" an idea to us. Most articles should run between 500 and 1,500 words.
    PLEASE NOTE: all paid articles must be original and may not be published elsewhere.

  • Photography
    We will pay a only nominal one-time fee (honorarium) for royalty-free photographs; therefore, we do not ask for exclusive rights.


If you would like to propose submitting an article or photograph or other content, or if you have any other questions relating to Itzamna, please use the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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