Submissions Guidelines

The Still Point is a new literary journal for Arts and Humanities researchers. We aim to be a forum for dialogue, collaboration and experimentation, and offer a space for creatively writing through ideas in original forms.

‘The still point’ reflects our experience of being new researchers and represents those moments when we take time out of our days for deep thinking and reflection: when the world gets quiet but our minds are still racing.

Our print edition is supported by the AHRC and London Arts and Humanities Partnership, meaning that the majority of our print issue is given over to London-based researchers. Our blog, however, is open to all.


Blog Submissions

We accept submissions on a rolling basis for our blog, just send us an email, blog[at]thestillpointjournal.com.

We feature short fiction, poetry and visual art, although our particular focus is on non-fiction writing, related – however tangentially – to our research and the kind of rich thinking and exploration we do during the course of this research. We love informal articles and journalistic pieces, free of footnotes or bibliographies, that feel more like a collection of conversations had with fellow researchers over coffee than academic papers. You might tell the story of a visit to an archive, or a pilgrimage in search of the traces of a writer or artist, or simply mull over some inspiration which came from an unexpected source… if you have a story to tell, we’d like to hear it.

We are also seeking contributions to our “regular” series, including The Secret Autobiography of My PhDSounds to Accompany a PhD, and, to accompany our forthcoming Autumn 2016 print issue, digital versions of Researcher’s Notebooks.

Ideally submissions will be:

  • between 300-500 words with original or high quality images (but we may accept longer pieces)
  • for visual and multimedia artists, send us high quality images of your artwork or embed links to sound, video work, or gifs, accompanied by up to 250 words.

We also re-blog the best of PhD bloggers out there, so get in touch if you’ve got one of your own.

Send ideas, questions, articles, images, or videos to blog@thestillpointjournal.com and we will get back to you.


Digital Selves in Research, Online Symposium, 25-29 July 2016

Our research combines papers and screens, inks and apps, books and blogs. Our explorations go behind doors and hyperlinks. Our heads are in the clouds and the Cloud. What effect does this have on us as researchers?

We invited creative responses to the experience of researching across analogue and digital, between real and virtual worlds.


Print Submissions

Issue #3: Borders

We invite you to think creatively and radically about how borders play a part in your experiences of life and work – positively, negatively, physically, and metaphorically.  How do we experience borders, how do they influence us, what are our tactics for coping with them, how do we go about breaking them down, and what does the act of accepting or choosing to disregard them do to the borders? Responses on the discourse of border crossings, moving across various borders in life and literature, gender and race borders, or boundaries and limitations in research are welcome.

­In our lives and/or academia, we experience borders between disciplines, and subjects; borders of nationality, belonging, and identity; political and ideological borders; borders that deny or limit access within academia; and the borders we set for ourselves and the work we do.

Contributors can explore these questions through non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, and visual work in all forms.  Responses can be as creative and elaborative as you like, and we are particularly interested in seeing work that blurs the boundaries of form and genre.

Submission Guidelines:

·         Non-fiction pieces should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words

·         Short stories should be no more than 2,000 words in length

·         Poetry should comprise of no more than three collective entries

·         For all visual submissions please send us a high quality digital file.

Deadline: Please send any questions or submissions to submissions@thestillpointjournal.com by the 22 May 2017.

If you want to discuss an idea with us before you make a submission, please drop us a line: editor@thestillpointjournal.com. Contributors should be currently affiliated with a research institution, although we are also interested in hearing from artists, designers and illustrators who would like to collaborate with researchers on their pieces.

The aim of the journal is to encourage conversation and exchange between researchers from disciplines across the Arts & Humanities and in the academic space of London and the larger global community interacting with it. We hope that The Still Point Journal will engage readers and writers in new conversations and open up the niches of our research to new audiences.


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