Call for Abstracts – the utopian – Volume 6, November 2020

graphic reads: the utopian, the hopeful, the better future

The Journal of Imaginary Research is now accepting submissions of new short fictional pieces for our annual volume produced each November to celebrate Academic Writing Month. 

A key aim of our journal/zine is to encourage academic colleagues to embrace writing simply for enjoyment, as an act of care, or as a reflective act. We also hope that reading and writing our imagined works, will bring an enjoyable diversion into your work lives. 

This year we’d like to emphasise the utopian, the hopeful, the better future, in our abstracts to help us to remember that sometimes it’s the little acts of hope and imagination that are the most resonant. 

We publish imaginary research abstracts, and all our volumes are available as free downloads hereWhat do we mean imaginary research abstracts? We mean short works of fiction, that take a format that is familiar to us as researchers and academics. An abstract is the summary of an academic paper, that gives us a succinct overview of the research that has been done, and the new outcomes or ideas that the research has generated. We publish imagined research abstracts as works of fiction firstly because writing for enjoyment is a good thing to encourage. We spend a lot of time trying to reduce our anxiety about writing, and so writing imaginatively is a good way to reshape our relationship with writing into something creative and enjoyable. Secondly, writing fiction in a familiar format, helps us to reflect on how we can creatively communicate our other research projects, and how we can find the joy of creativity within the grind of productivity. Creativity is a property of all writers and the privilege of all researchers. It allows us to dream and hope. The imaginary abstracts we have published in Volumes 1-5 and our summer 2020 Special Issue were written by real academic staff, research staff, and research students.

To have your creative work included, use a copyright free image as a writing prompt, to produce:

  • A title
  • A 200-300 word imagined research abstract and 
  • A 100 word imagined researcher biography. 
  • You also need to send a high resolution copy of the copyright free image you used — by all means take a photo specifically for this purpose or see these resources if you don’t have a stash of your own: https://pixabay.com , https://unsplash.com , https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com  (gender inclusive) and https://affecttheverb.com/collection/  (disabled, Black, Indigenous people, People of Color). The first 5 Volumes of the Journal provide plenty of examples of the different approaches and styles.

Submit these four things for consideration to kay.guccione@gcu.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 4th December, 2020

NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions we are now receiving, we have a fast and simple editorial process. When we receive your submission, we will do one of the following: (a) accept and publish your submission without edits, (b) send your submission back to you with some suggestions on how to resubmit it for the next issue or (c) make minor edits to your work and publish it in the current issue. That means that your piece may be published with minor edits that you have not seen. If you would prefer that this doesn’t happen, then let us know when you submit. We haven’t had disappointed any writers yet, but we want you to be aware of our editorial processes so you can make an informed decision. In all cases you maintain the copyright on your submission, and no money is made by the sale of your writing.Editors: Kay Guccione (@kayguccione ) and Matthew Cheeseman (@eine )

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