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Call for Abstracts – Journal Of Imaginary Research Volume 8

The call for fictional abstracts for the 2022 Volume of the Journal of Imaginary Research is open!

The Journal of Imaginary Research is now accepting submissions of new short fictional pieces for their annual volume produced each November to celebrate Academic Writing Month. The Journal publishes short works of fiction in a familiar format—that of the research abstract. Follow the link above for the why, what and how of making a submission.

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The 2022 theme

This year the theme is ‘service’. It’s an old word that first related to ceremony or worship, like a church or wedding service. Servants are engaged in service, but so too are leaders. Service means giving time or performing duties for a person, idea or cause. There is sometimes a sense of loyalty, duty and length, but also the quick and easy service of consumerism, of waiting tables, selling with a smile, emotional labour. It’s a word deployed by the armed forces and department stores. We can service abstract things like education or science, people, institutions, or appliances like washing machines. It is both a euphemism for sex and also the word used to describe delivering a ball over the net to start a game of tennis.

The Journal would like you to interpret the theme in your own way so that your submission relates somehow to service.

A key aim of the journal-zine is to encourage academic colleagues to embrace writing simply for enjoyment, as an act of care, or as a reflective act. The Journal also hopes that reading and writing their imagined works, will bring an enjoyable diversion into your work lives.

The deadline to submit is 5pm Friday 2 December. More information and details on how to submit can be found here. Previous Imaginary Research abstracts are available here.