Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can criminologists (et al) submit?
A: Yes. So Fi Zine publishes creative work that is the outcome of or inspired by social science in general

Q: Can I submit poetry?
A: Yes. All forms of fiction are welcome – prose, poetry, prose-poety… Feel free to submit visual art and other sociological craftings too

Q: I’ve never done this before / I can’t write fiction
A:  ~ yes you can ~

Q: Do authors retain copyright?
A: Yes, authors retain all copyright and may republish as they like. Please note that the piece was originally published in So Fi Zine and link to wherever possible

Q: Where will this be available?
A: Right here

Q: When is the next call for submissions?
A: The call for Edition #5 submissions will open in early 2019

Q: When will the next edition of So Fi come out?
A: Edition #4 launched in November 2018. Edition #5 will launch in 2019

Q: I’m only a student, can I submit?
A: Yes!

Q: Is there a theme?
A: Not a strict one. Pieces can be about anything (sociological), and each edition is inspired by a leading sociologist’s work

Q: How do I submit?
A: Please send your submission as a word document attachment (using TNR font, size 12) with a 50 word bio to

Q: What are some examples of sociological fiction?
A: Check out previous editions of So Fi Zine to see the kind of work that is published. There are also many books that arguably sit on the blurry border of sociology/fiction – WEB DuBois, Frank Parkin, Ann Oakley, Patricia Leavy, Gabriel Tarde, and David Buckingham have all written novels

Q: Why?
A: There are many valuable reasons for sociologists to experiment with fiction and creative work. I’ve written about fiction as a method for public sociology in Cultural Sociology; Theory, Culture & Society published a special e-issue on fiction and social theory in 2015; The Sociological Review is currently running a blog series on sociology and fiction, and they have recently launched a fiction section publishing sociological short stories (which I edit).