Call for Submissions



“There is always another side, always.”

- Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (1966)


Brief Encounters is an open access peer-reviewed postgraduate e-journal, run entirely by doctoral researchers from across the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). Intended to showcase the work of CHASE, Brief Encounters provides individuals with the opportunity to publish in an alternative format to the traditional 7-8,000 word articles often required by academic journals. The journal is composed of short but still academically rigorous articles, reviews and creative alternatives.

For Issue 2 the Editorial Team seeks contributions that reflect the diverse and multifaceted nature of the consortium. We especially encourage submissions that explore ideas within the early stages of research or which challenge existing interpretations:

  • Articles should be brief (500-4,000 words)
  • Reviews (500-1,500 words) can cover new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions engaging with any aspect of the art and humanities.
  • Creative Encounters may include, but are not limited to: video-essays; creative writing; poetry; documentaries; posters; musical interpretations; photography. Submissions of this type must be accompanied by a critical commentary (500-4,000 words).

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31st May 2017


It is central to the CHASE ethos to aid the exchange of ideas without geographical or disciplinary restrictions, to encourage encounters between postgraduate students and academics that will result in long-lasting academic outputs. As an example of this academic diversity, in Issue 1 the Editorial Team accepted submissions on the following topics:

  • A travelogue through London’s Nigerian community
  • A review of the V&A Exhibition ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’
  • Counting terms in the indigenous languages and cultures of Brazil

Who can submit to Brief Encounters?

Brief Encounters welcomes submissions from across the Consortium, both from within institutions as well as from colleagues working at CHASE’s many strategic cultural partners:

  • CHASE-funded students
  • CHASE-affiliated students (SOAS and Birkbeck)
  • Postgraduate students at CHASE institutions (regardless of funding status)
  • Alumni of CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by Non-HEI CHASE partners 

All submissions must follow MHRA style guidelines (footnotes and bibliography). Please see our style guide for further details.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. When you register as an author on the website, along with your submission, please submit a brief bio statement (max. 200 words), an abstract (max. 300 words), and a list of key words (max. 5).

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