Call for submissions

Colloquy is presently seeking unsolicited submissions for upcoming general issues. Please read the guidelines below before submission.

Accepted material

We will consider the following academic material:

  • Articles
  • Book reviews and review articles
  • Translations (with scholarly introductions)

Colloquy also accepts creative writing from postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics, including:

  • Creative non-fiction
  • Graphic narratives
  • Poetry
  • Short stories

Who can submit?

Submissions are accepted from current postgraduate students, recent graduates and academics working in the areas of:

  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Critical theory and continental philosophy
  • Film and television studies
  • Communications and media studies
  • Performance studies

Submission format

Colloquy only accepts submissions electronically in .doc or .docx format. Please do not include anything in the submitted documents that would identify the author.

Manuscripts should be double spaced and set in 12 point Times New Roman font. Double quotation marks should be used throughout, with single quotation marks for quotes within quotes. In articles and other scholarly submissions, quotes of four or more lines should be broken off and indented as block quotes.

Referencing should conform to Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition, using endnotes with full bibliographical details provided in the first citation from each source (no works cited list is required).

Submissions should conform to Australian spelling conventions, as set out in the Macquarie Dictionary.

Submission guidelines


Academic articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Works under 5,000 words or exceeding 8,000 words should be discussed with the editors before submission.

Review articles

Review articles should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Review articles allow authors to consider multiple recent works within the broader literary and critical context.

Provide a title for your submission, as well as the full reference of the book(s) reviewed (including the ISBN). For reference to the reviewed book(s), provide page-numbers in in-text citations, e.g. (80), with further clarification only if necessary. Use Chicago 16th endnotes for all other references.

Colloquy will not usually consider publishing review articles for books published more than 24 months ago.

Book reviews

Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words.

The title should be a full reference to the book(s) reviewed, including the ISBN of the version cited. For references to the reviewed book, use in-text citations (page numbers) without further clarification, e.g. (80). Avoid references to other sources.

Colloquy will not usually consider publishing reviews for books published more than 24 months ago.

Creative writing

Colloquy accepts short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, and graphic narratives. Creative pieces should not exceed 4,000 words of prose, 80 lines of poetry, or eight pages of graphic narrative. The editors encourage submissions by both emerging and established authors.

Translations (with a scholarly introduction)

Translations of literary works, poetry, and theoretical works in the journal’s areas of interest will be considered for publication. Word limits are as above: 8,000 words for articles, 4,000 words for creative writing, 80 lines of poetry, or eight pages of graphic narrative.

Translations must be accompanied by a scholarly introduction of at least 1,000 words. This introduction should contextualise the original text, establish why a (new) translation is necessary, and outline the methodology or theory behind the translation and the reasons behind this approach. Appropriate referencing (Chicago 16th endnotes) must be included.

It is the responsibility of the translator to obtain the translation rights. Each translation must come with an active copyright assertion that the submitter holds the appropriate rights to publish the piece they are sending to Colloquy and that the journal has the right to publish and transmit this work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC). If the copyright holder is willing to grant permission for publication in Colloquy under a different license, please discuss this with the editors.

All translations should be submitted with a copy of the original untranslated text. Translations may be published with the original text included but this is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is contingent on copyright restrictions.

Visual materials

Submissions may be accompanied by images, but it is the author’s responsibility to contact the the copyright holder and obtain rights for publication in Colloquy.

Images should be submitted in JPG or TIF format, at 300 dpi (print resolution).

Significant extracts and reproductions of works

If the author wishes to include a significant extract from a third-party work, or reproduce a text in its entirety, this will not be covered under fair dealing copyright exceptions. It is therefore the author’s responsibility to contact the copyright holder and obtain rights for publication in Colloquy. This includes reproductions of entire poems or works of flash fiction, or significant portions of poems or stories, which may be included in articles for commentary or analysis.

Sending submissions

Submissions are accepted in soft copy (.doc or .docx format) via email only.

You must supply the following information in your email:

  • The author’s institutional affiliation
  • The author’s email address
  • For articles, a brief abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Up to ten keywords
  • A short biography of the author (up to 100 words)
  • Acknowledgements (if any)
  • A statement that the material submitted is not under simultaneous consideration for any other publication
  • A statement that you have read and accept the journal’s policies

All submissions should be emailed to the Colloquy editors at