Essay submissions

What do we want?

We want essays that challenge and provoke.

Length

Essays from 750 to 1500 words.

Letters up to 350 words

Word length does not include bibliography and footnotes.

Subject

We want essays and letters that challenge human-centred narratives, that force us to confront our place in the universe, that make us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose?

Equally, we are willing to accept essays that challenge the antihumanist project and explicitly refute antihumanist assumptions and presuppositions.

However, we are not interested in essays that ignore antihumanism entirely.

Language

We only consider original works written in English. A translated version of a previously published essay may be submitted as a reprint if you are the author or translator and have the rights to do so.

Writers

We want authors from all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity and biology.

Hints and tips

Style

Your audience will be the average layperson – keep this in mind when considering what jargon and prose you use. Stylistically brilliant writing will certainly be found pleasing, but but will not add to your work as much as will be detracted by long-winded, obscure or inaccurate writing. Avoid repetition. Aim for clear, concise writing, in plain English.

We recommend reading the blog of the APA and the Op-Ed project articles on this subject.

Structure

We want essays that follow a classical tripartite structure:

  • Introduction – a short paragraph (or two at most) to set the scene. In the case of broad or open-ended topics, be explicit about limiting the essay’s objective within the terms of the essay question. Remember the word limit.
  • The body of the essay – this should provide the material and arguments that logically fulfil the stated objective.
  • Conclusion – a paragraph or so that neatly draws together the threads, summarising how the answer stated in the introduction has been justified.

Just because the essay follows a tripartite structure doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Phrases like “In this essay I will…” and “…in conclusion” are red flags!

Argument

Give your reasoned justification why your case stands up better than others, citing and combating opposing arguments. We may not agree with your verdict, but will not reject a well reasoned case.

Do not use expressions like “I think …” or “I believe …”. Your opinion is irrelevant unless it is supported by plausible justification. If citing the views of established authorities, make sure to include the justifications behind these views.

Referencing

It is a basic requirement of the essays and letters not only to name the sources you have relied on, but wherever possible to identify the relevant passages or quotations referred to.

Any reference made to a source should be hyperlinked, if referring to an article, book or essay. If the work is not online, it should be referred to in brackets that include the author’s last name, title, year and page number.

Example: (Bloggs, Hermeneutics of Unbeing, 1987, p. 982)

The bibliography at the end of the essay should list the source works in alphabetical order.

Remember that in-text references and the bibliography are not counted in your word limit.

Pay and submission

Pay

Essays – 5 cents US per word

Submission format

Please use the modern manuscript format (link here) for all submissions. However, please exclude any identifying material to enable blind reviewing.

In terms of specific formatting:

  • Size 12 Georgia font
  • 1.5 cm indent on new paragraph lines
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • 12 point spacing after paragraph

Multiple Submissions

Only one submission at a time.

Similtaneous submissions

Allowed – however please let us know as soon as you are accepted somewhere else.

Online Rights

If we publish your work, we require exclusive electronic rights to it for 3 months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we can include it in our online archives.

Where to submit

Here

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