Unpsychology 10: Edges
Submissions for 2024 issue are open now!
unpsychology magazine issue 10 – submissions call
You are invited to submit to Unpsychology Magazine’s 10th anniversary issue. We’d like to hear from those whose voices come from the edges – and those whose creativity and experience resonate with ideas of ecology, mind, culture and the edges that appear, shift-shape and dissipate in these times.
The deadline for submissions is 29th February 2024. Edges will be published in the Summer of 2024. Information and prompts are below.
We will also be running two workshops on January 13th 2024 for those who’d like to engage with the creative potential of edges, and to explore potential submissions and ideas with the editors and others. See below for further information on these. The two workshops are scheduled to be accessible to attendees from across the world.
You can download a PDF version of this Submissions Call from HERE.
As with our previous imaginings and warm data issues we intend to offer free downloadable versions of issue number 10, together with a printed version.
We will be commissioning some pieces for this edition, and also welcome new and previous contributors:
Visual creators and multidisciplinary artists
Musicians and generators of sound, fury and love
Writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction - or combinations of these
Unpsychological practitioners and authors - new and established
Storytellers and neurodivergent thinkers and artists of all types
Collaborators and team projects related to the themes
Explorers of ‘sanity’ and ‘madness’, and what these mean in a ‘mad’ world
Transcontextual therapists, Warm Data hosts and watchers of the ‘mirrorworld’.
The invitation is for imaginative fiction, non-fiction, art, poetry and other creative submissions that respond to and emerge from the potential of this edges theme, and all that might flow from it. We welcome diversity of form as well as diversity of content in our magazine.
We prefer work that is original and hasn’t been published elsewhere – we want to encourage new frames of response – but if you have an existing project or perspective you think would fit this issue of unpsychology, please get in touch and have a chat with one of us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing should be submitted in Word or Pages. Artwork as high quality jpeg. Ask us about music and video files but usual formats accepted.
We value our authors and artists, and know how difficult it is to get creative work out there. Unpsychology is a self–funded publication, and we haven’t got the resources to pay people for their work at this time. However, your work will be profiled to our growing community of followers and subscribers, and you will be part of a growing unpsychology community and we hope to be putting out invitations to conversations and events in coming months.
We’ve published our magazines annually since 2014, and have featured the work of over 200 writers, artists, creatives and activists. Through our Medium and Substack platforms, where we explore wider issues of ‘unpsychology’ and culture, we reach over 5000 subscribers and followers.
Our theme for the 2024 issue will be ‘edges’
Back in 2014, when our first issue came out, we used the tagline: ‘A journal of post-civilised neurodiversity and wild mind’; the perspectives underpinning it emerging from the edges of our psychological culture. Now, we’d like to explore these ideas further: ideas of diversity, relationship and identity; neurodivergence, wild mind and madness; and what the edges of these experiences might mean in our troubled, broken world.
What is it like living on the edge – psychologically, culturally, creatively – in these times?
What do edge and edges say to you with your particular voice, experience, community and history?
What is it like to be an ‘edge-dweller’? …
…Or someone who is drawn to the edges of things? …
…Or feel that you are forced to the edge, or have little choice in the matter?
What and where are the edges in living systems and societies:
Do these edges actually exist and, if so, how are they created and sustained?
What are the consequences of creating and living with and within edges?
Where and how do our edges meet; and what do edges do when they meet each other?
What does it mean to be in community with others who share these edgy perspectives?
What might it mean to be between communities?
What is it like to be living with the identities and experiences of edge worlds?
How does complexity, inclusion and relationally respond to edge and edges?
How might Warm Data, as one example, provide insights in this space?
How do edge and edges relate to our ideas about the crises we face and ways of responding?
What does change do to edges and edging - and vice versa?
As always, the response to the theme is for you to decide. We welcome divergent, innovative creations; experimental in form as well as content.
During the process of making this new issue, we’d also like try some kind of exploration of the edges within our publication, in some quiet way, with your involvement (if you’re interested).
Creators’ workshops, 13th January 2024
These two workshops are for anyone who is interested in submitting a piece of writing, artwork or music to be considered for inclusion in the tenth anniversary issue of unpsychology magazine with the theme of edges. Meet the editors – Steve, Lesley, Julia and Patrick – and bounce around ideas and possibilities with ourselves and others.
For more details on this forthcoming issue, please see the submissions guidelines above.
Book on either of the workshops by clicking on the links below. There is a nominal fee of £5 for attendance. You can check the time in your part of the world using an app such as https://www.worldtimebuddy.com.
Workshop 1: 13th January 2024, 8 till 9.30 am, UK time:
Workshop 2: 13th January 2024, 7 till 8.30 pm, UK time:
Contact unpsychology editors, Steve Thorp, Julia Macintosh, Lesley Maclean and Patrick Carpenter at: email@example.com with queries, ideas and to submit your pieces.
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