A new year, a new Call for Papers! 2022 will focus on religion.
Closing Date: 30 September 2022.
Here are the details, and you will also find them on the Academia Lunate's submission page:
Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction
The theme of the annual Call for Papers 2022 is Religion, including those 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 different 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/director who, in your opinion, has excelled at religious belief building.
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 Harvard referencing style.
7. Closing Date: 30th of September 2022.
8. £40 payment for each article and a free copy of the book.
All details and link to Harvard guide on the Academia Lunare page.
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.