To make a general submission to an Axon: Creative Explorations issue please go to the Submission Manager.

Call for Papers:

On the Mend: Care, Repair and Breakage (2021 Volume 11.2)

To make a submission to this issue, please go to the Submission Manager at

DEADLINE for submissions: August 31, 2021

The second issue of Axon for 2021 will be guest edited by Ursula K. Frederick, Tracy Ireland, Monica Andrew and Kerry Martin. The title and theme of this issue is ‘On the Mend’ and we are inviting submissions that address the topics of care, repair, breakage and their entanglement.

There has been a growing creative interest and scholarly engagement with practices and frameworks of care and repair and their real and implied relationship to breakage and acts of restoration. While not specifically directed at the year that was 2020, there are many ways in which the worlds in which we now live might be in need of mending. And how might we envisage recovery? We are calling for a broad interpretation of the theme and submissions which explore, challenge and respond in a multitude of ways. Points for consideration may include but are not limited to the following:

  • care as an act of intervention in landscape, ecology, and place-making
  • creative arts and writing around mending as making
  • practices and perspectives of health humanities and heritage
  • specific examples of care and repair from culturally and methodologically diverse contexts
  • attentiveness, attunement, contemplation and slow going as research practices of care
  • repair cultures and related dynamics of damage, failure and breakage
  • geographies and ecologies of damage, rejuvenation, restoration and conservation in landscapes, spaces and places
  • old wounds, new wounds, survival, reconciliation
  • the reparative potential in acts of undoing, eg decolonial methods, counter-mapping, etc
  • the role of creative practice in reflecting and responding to broken, failing and ruined elements of contemporary worlds
  • intended vs unintended breaks, hacks, and acts of undoing and reinvention
  • ecological, social and material practices of mending and fixing
  • the influence and impact of philosophies, politics and economies of repair and breakage, e.g. planned obsolescence, DIY hacks and workarounds, voiding warranty, etc.
  • case studies in how care, repair and breakage are perceived, represented and valued
  • the capacity of creativity and creative engagements to intervene in and help remedy individual and collective crises
  • intersections in sustainability, care, remediation and well-being

For this issue, we are inviting submissions of:

  • scholarly essay up to 6,000 words
  • photo essays incorporating a contextualising statement of up to 1000 words (send up to 12 images, and the editors will make a selection from those images)
  • creative essay incorporating images, sound, poetry, short fictional prose up to 4000 words; attach a contextualising statement of up to 750 words

Please feel free to contact Ursula Frederick ( with any queries, or to discuss suggested contributions.

Poetry as Speculation (2021 Volume 11.1)

To make a submission to this issue, please go to the Submission Manager at

DEADLINE for submissions: August 31, 2021 (Please DO NOT submit poems to this issue)

This issue of the Axon journal investigates ways in which contemporary poetry speculates about the world, modes of being, reality, creativity, writing itself and ways of understanding the quotidian. We are NOT looking for poems or poetic forms of speculative fiction. Please submit academic papers that explore and relate to:

  • ways in which poetic expression and form may be said to speculate;
  • how poetry conjectures about the nature of reality and/or being;
  • ways in which poetry posits that certain things or situations are the case, even when this may not be literally true;
  • how poetry makes use of the fantastic or invokes ideas of wonder;
  • how poetry critiques common sense assumptions through invoking or suggesting alternatives;
  • how poetry hypothesises about ‘alternative realities’;
  • how poetry constitutes a form of conjecture or postulation;
  • ways in which poetry engages in imaginative forms of theorisation;
  • poetry as surmise;
  • poetry as a way of thinking ahead;
  • poetry’s employment of unlikely notions and ideas;
  • poetry as a form of surmise.

What we would like from contributors:

  1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by Monday 8 February 2021.
  2. If your abstract is accepted (we will notify you by Friday 22 February 2021), a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words should be submitted by Monday 24 May 2021.

For all submissions of abstracts, please go to the Submission Manager at
The editors of this issue of Axon: Creative Explorations journal are Professor Paul Hetherington and Professor Jen Webb.

Futher information for authors

Peer review

Articles, essays, papers and other scholarly contributions are peer reviewed. The reviewing process is double blind, so that neither author(s) nor reviewers should know of the others’ identities at any time.

In producing a research-based paper, authors should be drawing on a sound framework of scholarship relevant to the paper’s topic, rather than purely on personal experience and/or anecdotal evidence, although some personal and/or anecdotal material is a legitimate part of many good papers. Papers are expected to make a contribution that extends the current literature in the field.

Authors are welcome to take a creative or lateral approach to their topic, or to mix more than one genre of writing, or to incorporate images or other graphic work. Final revised articles, papers, essay and interviews (including endnotes) will be a maximum of 6,000 words in length.

The journal does not, as a rule, publish short fiction or excerpts from longer fictional works, but creative work other than poems will be accepted for refereeing if they make a distinctive contribution to knowledge that extends the current scholarly literature in the field and are accompanied by a short contextual statement (250-500 words) for publication. The statement should indicate the research significance of the creative piece and will draw on a sound framework of methodology and scholarship relevant to the work’s topic.

All poetry published in Axon will be solicited by the journal’s editors.
Unsolicited contributions of poetry will not be read or acknowledged

All papers and other contributions to Axon: Creative Explorations will be vetted for final acceptance by the journal’s editors. If you are unfamiliar with the kind and quality of contributions, including the scholarly standards of papers, published in the journal, please read recent issues.

Writing and formatting information for authors

Referencing style
  • Author-date system in-text, with a listing of works cited
  • Endnotes, not footnotes (please use minimally and include in word count)


DeLillo, D 2001 The body artist, London: Picador

Book chapters
Woods, C 2006 ‘Writing, textual culture and the humanities’, in N Krauth and T Brady (eds) Creative writing: theory beyond practice, Teneriffe: Post Pressed, 121-135

Print journal article
Eickelkamp, U 2010 ‘Children and youth in Aboriginal Australia: an overview of the literature’, Anthropological Forum 20: 2, 147-66

Magazine article
DeLillo, D 2001 ‘In the ruins of the future’, Harper’s magazine, December, 33-40

Online sources
Krauth, N 2002 ‘The preface as exegesis’ TEXT 6: 1, at (accessed 12 March 2011)

Kulikowski, M 2007 ‘Mayday 23: world population becomes more urban than rural’, NC State University News Services, 22 May, at (accessed 9 September 2011)

Kroll J 2004 ‘The exegesis and the gentle reader/writer’ TEXT Special Issue Website Series No 3, at (accessed 10 July 2011)

McEwan, I 2001 ‘Only love and then oblivion’, The Guardian special report: terrorism in the US, at, 15 September (accessed 17 September 2011)

Zizek, S 2001 ‘Welcome to the desert of the real!’, 15 September (accessed 19 October 2011)

General formatting instructions

Please submit articles, essays and interviews as Word documents, adhering to the following detail. 

  • Front matter

University name
<One line break>
Author name
<One line break>
<One line break>
Abstract directly below
<One line break>
Biographical note:
Bio note immediately below
<One line break>
Words immediately below – initial caps, spaced en-dashes
<page break>

  • Body text

Endnote references set as superscript
Single quotation marks throughout except for quotations within quotations
Minimal capitalization
Indented quotes (3 lines or more)

  • End matter

Endnotes only

  • Works cited

Styled as detailed above