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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 Harvard referencing style. Download the full guide and the quick guide on our 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 BSFA Awards
-2 Article Nominated for the BSFA 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 BSFA Awards

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

-Nominated for the BSFA Awards

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

-Shortlisted for British Science Fiction Awards

-Shortlisted for British Fantasy Society Awards

Call for Papers 2020: "Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction" TBR 2021.


Current Project:

Call for Papers 2021: "Not the Fellowship. Dragons Welcome."

Writers are invited to engage with a fictional character of choice from any of Tolkien’s works who is not part of The Lord of the Rings’ Fellowship. Though they can be characters of LOTR.


Friends, foes or neutral; dead or undead; divine beings, beasts (of the mythical or animal variety), or other. We welcome all. Bill the Pony, though undoubtedly an honorary member of the Fellowship at least according to Sam, is - for our purposes - fair game.


The purpose of this Call for Papers aims, on the one hand, at bringing to the fore more of Tolkien’s characters who do not receive the same attention as the Fellowship. On the other hand, we want to tackle these less appreciated characters in new ways, and in the light of a contemporary sensibility.

Below is some food for thought, though it should not restrict your own ideas.

  • Characters can be analysed, explored, critiqued, and generally tackled from any angle of your choice.

  • They can be considered from within the fictional context of their stories (or in particular episodes): their effectiveness, fallacies, strengths and weaknesses.

  • You can trace the origins of a character, Tolkien’s inspiration if you like, and their historical background.

  • Characters can also be looked at as created in response to a wider socio-economic-cultural context, with all that it comports.

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

  • Wider issues raised by a character such as their reception by past or current fans and readership

  • In the spirit of all Academia Lunare’s CfPs, you are welcome to tackle the characters through the lens of adaptation, either in the Jackson films, the animated films, videogames, art, fanart, fanfiction.



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

  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 Work Cited/Reference List (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: 31st of August 2021.

  7. Successful papers will receive a one-off payment of minimum £30 (depending on the number of papers accepted) 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.