The Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize – deadline 31 December 2020

To mark the foundation of the Aubrey Beardsley Society, a prize for the best short essay on any aspect of Beardsley’s work, life, and reception will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scholar. The Society aims to encourage new work that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished, and seeks submissions that highlight Beardsley’s relevance today.


  • Postgraduate (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers who have not held a permanent academic post are invited to participate.
  • The participants should join the Aubrey Beardsley Society (discounted membership).
  • Essays should be up to 2,500 words and formatted in accordance with the MHRA style.

The amount of the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize is £500. Two runners-up will be awarded £100 each, and the three winning pieces will be published in the AB Blog. The Prize is supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.


Please email your submission by 31 December 2020 to Dr Sasha Dovzhyk at

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Call for Submissions – Destinations deadline 1 March 2020 (ORE)



Destination – the word itself concerns both journey and journey’s end. For this issue of Oxford Research in English, we invite articles that delve into arrival and setting forth in literature, as well as the textual, intertextual and extratextual ways one can examine literary places and spaces. “Destination” derives from the Latin dēstināre—to resolve, to determine, to destine— before journeying into French and arriving in English.

Literary destinations are spatial as well as temporal, with memory and narrative being integral to how we make sense of where we are, and how we come to be. Destinations may be metaphysical or institutional, lieux de mémoire, or itinerant sites that emerge and vanish, in ways that illuminate literary production and interpretation. Texts travel through time: from mind to page, mind to mind, bookstand to bookshelf.

We are interested in submissions from any period or focus within literary studies and related fields that engage with the following topics:

  • Travel writing and journeys evoked in literature
  • Pilgrimage, predestination and fate
  • Temporality of memory and remembrance
  • Diaspora, nation and homeland
  • Circulation of texts, translation and reading across borders
  • Literary traditions genealogies, and the arrival of texts in canons
  • Literary networks and internationalisation
  • Theoretical approaches to readership and authorship – the text as performative site
  • Evolution of literary forms and genre conventions
  • The writer’s oeuvre as teleology, and analyses of an author’s early vs. late styles

Oxford Research in English (ORE) is currently seeking papers of 5-8,000 words for its eleventh issue, to be released in Autumn 2020. Please submit papers for consideration to by the deadline of 1st March 2020. We ask that submitted articles be formatted using MHRA.

For our style guide and previous issues of the ORE, please visit our website

Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate and early career scholars in English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peer-reviewed by current graduate students at, or associated with, the University of Oxford

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Call for submissions: RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016

Free entry for full time art students!

DEADLINE: Monday 18 January 2016

The Royal Watercolour Society invites Birkbeck College students to enter their annual open competition.

All full time art students are able to enter this competition free of charge.  Please email with a scan/photo of your student ID and we will respond with your free entry code.

The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition encourages innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a platform for both established and emerging artists.  This is the UK’s only major watercolour competition open to international artists.

The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light.  Successful entries will exhibit their work at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern, which is at the heart of London’s cultural quarter.

Prizes include £1000 cash prize, a feature in The Artist Magazine, studio time in the Heatherley School of Fine Art and art materials.

Water-based media include, but are not limited to: Acrylic, Gouache, Pen & Ink, Pigment, Tempera, Traditional watercolour and Mixed Media.

View the leaflet here

For more information, to download the application pack, and to enter the competition:

Best of luck with your entry!

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Dandelion Journal – Call for Submissions: Deadline 4th September 2015


Special Issue: The Artist Identity, Dandelion Journal Vol. 5, No. 3 (2015)

The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of ARTIST IDENTITY for their forthcoming issue.

A question as simple as asking ‘what is an artist?’ can result in a labyrinth of references, extend to related fields, and lead to contrasting interpretations. This reaffirms the idea that the artist identity is a variable, evolving and adapting representation of the artist’s self. In the symposium that inspired this special issue our speakers added a range of perspectives on the ways in which the artist identity is created, nurtured, sustained and challenged. They also indicated a need for further investigation of these central themes and a platform for the exchange of these ideas.

This special issue aims at encouraging further debate and invites submissions which engage with questions of artist identity in arts policy and management, art history, art practice, sociology and marketing, as well as considerations of the notion of ‘the artist’ in public discourse. We propose that the platform provided by this special issue on the artist identity can help to both explain it, as a concept, and also explore its power to provoke certain sociological responses.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Art education
  • Artistic labour
  • The studio, in whatever shape or form
  • Myth, stereotypes and ready-made narratives
  • Career development and the self
  • The work of art
  • Personal identity
  • Artistic identity crisis

We welcome short articles of 3000-5000 words, long articles of 5000-8000 words and critical reviews of books/ films/ exhibitions/ shows. We also strongly encourage submissions of artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts and video footage (up to 10 mins), accompanied by a 300-500 word summary/description/analysis.

We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submissions deadline.

We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers, established academics and independent practitioners, working chiefly within the arts and humanities.

PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS BY 4 SEPTEMBER 2015 to the editors: or submit through the Dandelion website.

Please include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside your submission. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication. Complete instructions for submissions can be found at under ‘About’.

The journal is also seeking EDITORS to join the Dandelion Journal Editorial Team. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity please email us at

Dandelion is an online postgraduate journal affiliated with the Birkbeck
School of Arts, and is supported by Roberts Funding and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Dandelion aims to bring together a diversity of works from researchers in the arts, to offer collaborative research and training possibilities, and to promote an independent, cross-institutional space for creative professional development.

We are in the process of compiling the following ‘scoop-it’ page to tie together all the various recordings, blogs and links that emerged from the symposium, which may be of interest to those who didn’t attend the event, or to those who wish to refresh their memories of it:

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