Academia Lunare

For Speculative & General Non-Fiction

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.


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


Call for Papers 2016: "Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction". British Fantasy Award 2018 Winner

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

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

Call for Papers 2019: "Ties that Bind: Love in Fantasy and Science Fiction". Out August 2020


Current Project:

Lands and Environments: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction

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

We want to include all sorts of land and environment: entire worlds, natural landscapes, towns, cities, spaceships, houses, etc.


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


  • The evolution of world-building over time, from a medium of your choice.

  • Changes in Technology, Culture, Society, Politics, Religion, History: their effects on worldbuilding as a trend or in specific SFF outlets.

  • Game-changing moments in books, movies or TV with regards to worldbuilding.

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

  • Global trends in SFF worldbuilding - time for change?

  • Creating worlds – the methodology behind creating a successful world in SFF mediums.

  • Worldbuilding and its impact on character and plot development.

  • Focus on, and analyse, specific worlds which, in your opinion, have embodied the concept of effective worldbuilding.

  • Focus on, and analyse, a specific author/director who, in your opinion, has excelled at worldbuilding.



  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 a Reference List, as in a list of everything you cite in your paper. A Bibliography is not necessary (this includes relevant items that you have used to help you write the paper, but which are not necessarily cited in your text, e.g. general background reading to familiarise yourself with the topic), however if you want to add a few titles, keep it separate from the Reference List. These are not included in the 6,000 word count.

  5. Reference (insets included) using Harvard referencing style. Download the full guide and the quick guide on our website.

  6. Closing Date: 30th of October 2020.

Citations guides: Harvard Referencing; Quick Harvard Guide.


Non-Fiction Standalone Projects on Social Issues


We are looking for projects that examine aspects of society and humanity, spanning across a wide range of topics. We are looking for curious and interesting works that shed new light on our past, present and future. The series is called Anthropocene, and its focus is the impact of humanity on society.  

No autobiographies, please.


Get in touch and share your idea with us, and an abstract.

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

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