Edition #6

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So Fi Zine is a sociological fiction zine for arts-based research, creative sociology, and art inspired by social science. The zine publishes short stories, poetry, photography, photo essays, cartoons, and other creative works. Edition #6 will be published in November 2019.

Edition #6 is inspired by Deborah Lupton’s digital, creative, more-than-human and future oriented research. Pieces are invited that creatively explore sociological futures: bodies, spaces, disciplines and things. Broaden our field of vision. Bring us tomorrow today. Write stories that take us somewhere better than here (or not). Make art that takes a stand.

Submission guidelines:

  • All text submissions should be in a .doc or .docx file using size 12 font
  • All visual submissions should be in .pdf or .jpeg format
  • Authors may submit two pieces to any edition – for example, two short stories or one poem and one photo essay
  • Separate your submissions into individual documents
  • Each submission must be under 1200 words
  • Include an author bio (under 50 words) in your submission document (even if you are submitting using a pseudonym)
  • Use ‘So Fi Zine #6 Submission’ in your submission email subject line

Submit via email to ashleigh.watson@unsw.edu.au.

If you have questions please check the FAQs before emailing ashleigh.watson@unsw.edu.au.

Some future thinking prompts:

Send us a postcard from the future. Design a postcard picture (update an existing one or DIY from scratch) and regale us with a short tale from 2080. See this Lancaster uni example for inspiration.

Pen a birth notice for a new sociology of the future. Welcome a manifesto into the world.

Interview a future thing. Take us beyond today’s IoT and into dialogue with tomorrow’s creatures, places, and objects.

Sketch a meeting with your future self. Craft a comic strip where you meet your future self – who are you?

Invent the research of the future. Contribute to our list of tomorrow’s sociological book titles and (re)write the disciplinary canon.

Submissions close on September 30, 2019.

Edition #5

CFS 5

So Fi Zine is a sociological fiction zine for arts-based research, creative sociology, and art inspired by social science. It publishes short stories, poetry, photography, photo essays, cartoons, and other creative works. Edition #5 will be published in June 2019.

Edition #5 is inspired by the public sociology of Michael Burawoy. Pieces are invited that creatively explore ‘the common challenges we face in defending society’—for fiction and art that aims to ‘engage multiple publics in multiple ways’, not deliver sociological knowledge to a vague and faceless public. Write stories that listen and engage, make art that is attentive and bold and challenging. Provoke discussion, involvement, interaction, solidarity and imagination.

To submit to So Fi Zine, send your submissions to a.watson@griffith.edu.au. Please follow the submission guidelines:

  • All submissions should be in a .doc or .docx file, using size 12 Times New Roman font
  • Authors may submit two pieces to any edition – for example, two short stories or one poem and one photo essay
  • Separate submissions into separate documents
  • Each submission must be under 1200 words (not including title)
  • An author bio (under 50 words) should be included in each submission document
  • Include ‘So Fi Zine #5 Submission’ in your submission email

Submission close on 15 April 2019.

Edition #4

Edition #4 is inspired by a golden thread that runs through Raewyn Connell’s extensive body of work – ‘critique is inadequate: one needs to show alternatives.’ Critiquing and radically re-thinking social structures and social science, Connell inspires us to scrutinise power and challenge supremacy. For this edition, we are looking for creative pieces that imaginatively illuminate social alternatives.

Edition #4 will include a special drabble section to be curated by Raewyn Connell. Drabbles are short stories of exactly 100 words – send yours on any of the following themes: southern theory, masculinities, neoliberalism, schools and social justice.

To submit to So Fi Zine, send your submissions to ashleigh.watson@griffithuni.edu.au. Please follow these submission guidelines:

  • All submissions should be attached to an email in a .doc or .docx file, using size 12 Times New Roman font
  • Authors may submit two pieces to any edition – for example, two short stories or two drabbles or one poem and one photo essay
  • Separate submissions into separate documents
  • Short stories should be under 1200 words (not including title) and should include a title plus author name at the start of the document
  • An author bio (under 50 words) should be included in the submission email
  • Include ‘So Fi Zine #4 Submission’ in your submission email

Submission close 30 September 2018.

Edition #3

CFS 3

Submit short stories (up to 1200 words), poetry, photographic essays (up to 10 images), art, drabbles or other creative works by 15 April 2018. Edition #3 is inspired the Manifesto for Live Methods by Les Back and Nirmal Puwar. You can read this hereMark Carrigan will again be editing a drabble section for Edition #3 – drabbles are short stories of exactly 100 words. Check out the drabbles in Edition #2 for inspo. Email submissions in a .doc or .docx file to ashleigh.watson@griffithuni.edu.au. Maximum 2 submissions per author per Edition. Format submissions in size 12, Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing. Please include the title of the piece, your full name, and a 50 word bio in your submission document.

Edition #2

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So Fi, a sociological fiction zine, is now accepting submissions for Edition #2. Inspired by the work of Howard Becker, Edition #2 seeks submissions that tell about society in unique, creative and stirring ways. Submit short stories, poetry, drabbles, photographic essays, cartoons, and other creative work by September 30 to ashleigh.watson@griffithuni.edu.au.

Edition #1

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Inspired by Patricia Leavy’s work, I’m seeking submissions of fiction writing that strives to do just that. Bring sociology into fiction. Creatively enliven the sociological imagination. Tell a story. The first volume of So Fi, a sociological fiction zine, is accepting pieces up to 1000 words until May 31, 2017. Send submissions in a word document attachment plus a short bio (>50 words) to ashleigh.watson@griffithuni.edu.au.