DEVOTION

Submit your work for Antithesis Vol. 29

Tell me of blood that is thicker than sawdust, the creaking bonds of a family tree uprooted. You sink your teeth into the promise of eternal paradise, of glinting idols raised on high while the fervour of a thousand acolytes thrums from below. Henotheistic, polytheistic, we follow the ancient texts into a desert of fandoms and fan armies. Our Father, give us this day our vegan bread. When you shake the dust from your prayer mat, you find yourself in a sanctuary of glass and domes; a Nick Cave album glints amid shiny books of 1s and 0s. Long live Kim Kierkegaardashian. Did your devotion creep up on you, or did it consume you in a rush? Was it pressed upon you, or were you called by Siren song? Devotion is walking to the ‘G on a Friday night wearing your brother’s colours around your neck. The mutual breathlessness of waking up and falling asleep beside. Five-hour waits for a glimpse at an all-teeth smile, bordering on glass. Balenciaga sneakers stitched together from infinite pay cheques. A second coming, or just coming home. What drives you? What reels you in? What brings you to your knees and sets you alight? Tell me about shame, about love, faith and obsession. Tell me about devotion.

This year at Antithesis, we’re meditating on devotion and its many iterations. We’re excited to explore work that reaches deep into the mire of the human condition, from philosophical treatises to avant-garde works of fiction. We love to publish pieces that fall between the cracks of traditional genres, so give us what you’ve got. We’re keen to read it.

We are currently accepting:

  • Creative writing (short fiction, creative nonfiction)

  • Scholarly research articles [Deadline extended until June 7 for scholarly essays]

  • Poetry up to 100 lines

  • Reviews (books, films, exhibitions, performances, etc.)

  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, comic art, graphic narrative, etc.)

If you feel your work doesn’t fit into any of these categories — good! Find the closest fit and submit all the same, our categories aren’t definitive.

To read the full submission guidelines and submit your work, please follow our Submittable link below.

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Nonfiction:

For nonfiction pieces, we recommend you pitch your idea to us before sending in a submission. We’re looking for a strong angle or unique interpretation that is compelling and relevant to our readers. Send your pitch to submissions.antithesis@gmail.com detailing your concept, framework and anticipated word count. Please also include at least 2 samples of your own writing and a brief author bio.

For academic pieces, we’re after research-based submissions between 3,000-5,000 words; these need to be scholarly articles based on established research methods and will be peer-reviewed prior to publication. For other nonfiction pieces the word limit is 3,000, and we prefer these to take a more personal or creative approach rather than a traditional research essay format.  

We have a limited number of articles we can publish in the journal, so get your pitches in to us as soon as you can to avoid missing out.

Submissions for creative works close Sunday 19 May. Submissions for scholarly essays closes on Friday 7 June.