Anamesa Call for Submissions Fall 2016

Fall 2016

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 4, 2016 at 5PM

Anamesa is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University. Tracing its conceptual origin to Platonic philosophy, Anamesa stands for the “in between,” and sets as its purpose to blur boundaries, re-imagine links, and explore the interstices of academia. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, timely, and intelligent works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the global graduate community.

Submissions of writing and visual art are accepted from current and recent graduate students across all disciplines. We seek academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, poetry, photography, drawings, paintings, film stills, posters, prints, and other art works.

The theme for this issue is “Glass Ceilings” and we encourage submissions that provoke thought or discussion about this topic, though off-theme submissions are also welcome.

Glass Ceilings

“Glass ceiling” is a core metaphor of the feminist movement. It is worth noting that this ceiling is singular. But what of other ceilings? For different individuals and groups in our society, the glass ceilings are many and varied. Yet all of these ceilings help constitute each other. All of them are barriers to better lives.

This is why Anamesa has opted for the theme of our fall 2016 issue to be “glass ceilings”–an acknowledgement of multivalency when it comes to the systemic limitations applied to certain groups of people. What do we mean by “glass ceilings?” Glass ceilings are the social structures that hinder marginalized factions’ ability to succeed at an institutional level while guarding the privilege and stability of those above the ceilings. Further, those affected by institutional oppression know about surviving under glass ceilings. Our society claims that all people are entitled to their lives, that they have the right to make their own decisions about how they want to live those lives. Our society insists that all people can seize the opportunity to better their own conditions, as well as the lives of their children. How do we truly live up to these claims on a societal and individual level and how do we discuss glass ceilings in life and across academic disciplines?

Glass ceilings pervade our culture, although they are often ignored. We must identify them in so that we might shatter preconceived notions that reinforce such despotic conditions. We must look both outward and inward. In this way, we will begin to know our personal and collective glass ceilings.

What’s your glass ceiling?


Potential fields/topics for submission include: history, personal identity, memory, self-consciousness, economic and political power structures, borders and boundaries, diaspora, subalterns, trauma, temporality, spatiality, symbolism, literary/artistic influence, authorship, anthropology, gender, sexuality, identity politics, familial relations, class/racial/religious divisions and hierarchies, immigration, visual arts, film, painting, photography, technology, architecture, geography, sociology of space, phenomenology, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, history, post-modernism, post-structural theory, deconstruction, ecology, urban studies, language, translations, and communication.

Submission Requirements

  • All submissions must be print-ready.
  • All submissions should be 6,000 words or fewer. For non-fiction submissions, please include a 100-200 word abstract.
  • Essays should be formatted to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; please use endnotes, double-spaced, on a separate page following the body of the text.
  • All fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc or .docx file format
  • All art submissions must be in digital format (.jpeg) at 300 DPI or higher and a minimum of 5x7in.
  • Please include a cover page with your name, university, department, expected degree and date, telephone number, and e-mail address. The cover page should be a separate document from the submission.
  • DO NOT include any identifying information in the body of your submission.  All submissions are blind-reviewed, so identifying information should only appear on your cover page.
  • We accept submissions in any language, but an English translation must accompany all non-English texts.
  • We accept multiple submissions (up to 5 pieces per author), but we ask that each submission be submitted individually (with an exception for multiple poems, which can be submitted together).
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable
  • All submissions must include the genre of the submission in the subject heading of the email.

E-mail all submissions to anamesa.journal[at] with the genre of the submission listed in the subject heading of the email.





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