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Academia Lunare

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Academia Lunare is the Luna Press Publishing academic branch for speculative and general non-fiction. 

AL Speculative Standalone Projects


One of the most exciting aspects of fandom is the critical assessment of speculative literature, as a way to show one's love for a particular author or body of work. Speculative non-fiction is also a mirror for society, with an eye cast into the future.


We deal with conference proceedings, collections of papers, articles, dissertations, etc. 

Full publishing contract available to individual authors and faculties. 


With this project, we want to encourage scholars and authors to enrich the knowledge and understanding of readership. We also welcome proposals for essay collections as part of higher education/PhD course incentives.

Reference (insets included) using the Harvard System from Anglia Ruskin University. Find the full guide on their website.


Get in touch and share your idea with us.

We are open for submissions all year round. Email us at lunasubmissions[at]outlook[dot]com


AL Annual Speculative Call for Papers

Our Call for Papers include essays from academics, independent researchers, fans and creative writers, appealing to both the casual reader and a more research-oriented one. We consider this cross-disciplinary collaboration a strength, and the beginning of many more journeys. We are incredibly proud of our journey so far:


Call for Papers 2016: "Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction".

-British Fantasy Award 2018 Winner

-1 Article Shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Awards
-2 Article Nominated for the
British Science Fiction Awards

Call for Papers 2017: "The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction".

-Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Awards
-2 Article Nominated for the
British Science Fiction Awards

Call for Papers 2018: "Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction". 

-Nominated for the British Science Fiction Awards

Call for Papers 2019: "Ties that Bind: Love in Fantasy and Science Fiction".

-Shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Awards

-Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Awards

Call for Papers 2020: "Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction".

-British Science Fiction Awards 2021 Winner

Call for Papers 2021: "Not the Fellowship. Dragons Welcome." Release Date June 14, 2022.


Current Project:

CfP 2022: Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction


The theme of the annual Call for Papers 2022 is Religion, including religions created specifically for a fictional work.

Religions, and the social and cultural structures related to them, have played a fundamental part in human history – for better or worse, as witnessed in reality or in fictional worlds.

On a mental level, they can influence a person’s perception of the world and the values they hold or discard; they influence the individual’s identity, regardless of whether they consider themselves to be religious or not. On a social level, they provide purpose, hope, belonging and a support network, but also chains and oppression.

Writers are invited to explore the concept of religion in all its forms and presentations, from an angle of their choosing, and its development in SFF literature, games, movies and TV.


Here are several prompts, though they should not restrict your own ideas:


  • The evolution of the use of Religion over time, from a medium of your choice.

  • Changes in Religion-building and its effect on SFF.

  • Game-changing moments in literature, movies or TV in relation to Religion.

  • Use of human history to shape Religion and its effect on fiction.

  • How Religion affects authors in their worldbuilding.

  • How Religion affects authors in their storytelling.

  • Global trends in SFF’s use of Religion.

  • Comparative analysis of gods, spirits and demons in SFF.

  • Comparative analysis of world religions in SFF (African, Japanese, Native American, etc.).

  • Misuse of traditional Religions in SFF.

  • The use of Religion in fiction as a political move.

  • Intersectional approaches to a religion, through the lens of race, class, and gender.

  • Creating Religion in fiction – the methodology behind creating a successful belief system through SFF mediums.

  • New methodologies for the creation or use of Religion in fiction.

  • Religion and its impact on character and plot development.

  • Focus on, and analyse, specific Religions that, in your opinion, have embodied the concept of effective belief building in relation to storytelling.

  • Focus on, and analyse, a specific author/artist/director who, in your opinion, has excelled at religious belief building in SFF.



1. Before you start, send us an email with your abstract or simply to let us know what topic you intend to explore: it is perfectly fine to have more than one author discussing the same topic, as long as the angle is different, but we need to know.

2. Word Limit: up to 6,000 words.

3. The abstract should be around 200-300 words. Use an introduction if you need to say more.

4. Include ONLY Work Cited/Reference List (not included in the 6,000 word count).

5. Background reading, not cited in the article, should be kept separate and clearly marked as such.

6. Reference (insets included) using the Harvard System from Anglia Ruskin University. Find the full guide on their website.

7. Closing Date: 30th of September 2022.

8. £40 payment for each article and a free copy of the book.



Do not fear if this is your first non-fiction work or if you don’t have a PhD: if you love research, you need a chance to start somewhere. Get in touch if you have any questions.