Call for Papers: The Still Point Journal Issue #2 – The Researcher’s Notebook, deadline extended 21 February 2016

Call for Submissions

The Still Point Journal Issue #2: The Researcher’s Notebook

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s notebook

Each [notebook] was a small landscape through which it was possible to wander, and within which it was possible to get lost. […] The notebooks, taken together, represented an accidental epic poem of [the writer’s] life, or perhaps a dendrological cross-section of his mind.

Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks

For Issue #2 of The Still Point Journal, we ask contributors to imagine that their submissions are part of a collective Researcher’s Notebook in both a literal, and a broader, metaphorical sense. We want to explore the idea of the journal as a space for spontaneous discovery, self-creation/autopoeisis; whether this be through pages from an actual notebook filled with doodles, mind-maps and beautiful scrawls, or pieces which explore the researcher’s thought-process and the genesis of an idea over time. Send us your works-in-progress, your unfinished ideas, or the thoughts you feverishly scribbled down in the middle of the night.

We invite submissions of non-fiction, short fiction, poetry and visual work in all forms. Responses can be as creative and as broad as you like, and we are particularly interested in seeing work which blurs the boundaries of form and genre.


The Still Point Journal is a literary journal for Arts and Humanities researchers in London, funded by the LAHP (London Arts & Humanities Partnership) and the AHRC. The Still Point aims to be a forum for dialogue, collaboration and experimentation, and offers 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. The journal’s 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.


Submission Guidelines:

–         Non-fiction pieces should be between 1000 and 3000 words.
–         Short stories should be no more than 2000 words in length.
–         Please send between 1 and 3 poems.
–         For all visual submissions please send us a high quality digital file.


Deadline Extended: Please send any questions or submissions to by the 21st February 2016.

If you want to discuss an idea with us before you make a submission, please drop us a line: 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.


Blog Submissions

We accept submissions for the blog on a rolling basis, exploring any aspect of the experience of research (not restricted to the theme of the current or future journal). Ideally submissions will be no more than 500 words, but we may accept longer pieces.

Please send your ideas, questions, articles, images, or videos to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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