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Call for Papers

The Australian Journal for Critical Review of Speculative Fiction invites submissions of essays for its premier issue, to be published late in 2007. The Australian Journal for Critical Review of Speculative Fiction will be an accredited, peer-assessed electronic journal distributed via pdf.

Essays from 3,000 to 5,000 words.

We are interested in rigorous critical examinations of any facet of literature or other media within the speculative fiction genre. We would like to see works which look at aspects of the long history of science fiction, fantasy and horror, as well as those which deal with recent works and movements within the field. We welcome critical work on speculative fiction throughout the world.

Please submit essay proposals including a 400-word abstract, and a bio detailing your academic and/or critical background. Do not submit complete essays unless requested.

Proposals may be emailed to: critreviewspecfic@gmail.com

Deadline for papers: September 1, 2007

The Australian Journal for Critical Review of Speculative Fiction will be published by Twelfth Planet Press, and administered by the AJCRSR Board, consisting of Ms Alisa Krasnostein, Dr Kathryn Linge, Dr Benjamin Payne, Dr Benjamin Peek and Ms Tansy Rayner Roberts.

Updates will be kept on this blog.


Because it'll be fun.

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dmw
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
guess that means you won't be writing for my fanzine then...
benpeek
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
depends what you want, but i'm a bit strapped for time these days (deadlines for fiction, mostly). i'm not actually writing for this one. it's strictly editor/peer review stuff.
dmw
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
well, down the track a bit I want an interview...

but it sounds like i'll wanting to be writing for your /f/a/n/z/i/n/e/ journal too...
benpeek
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, man, interview is easy. just email when you want to do it.

we're calling it a journal cause we got the academic bent to it. plus, i dunno, i dislike the term fanzine. maybe it's just me--i don't like the word fan, for some reason :)
bradav
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
You just wanted to have "printed" in some peer review journal "Dr Benjamin Peek" didn't you! You pretentious person you.

I still hate Ben Peek.
ninebelow
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I still hate Ben Peek.

We all do.
benpeek
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
pfft. you love me most of all, man.
benpeek
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
gotta use that dr bit somehow...
bradav
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
maybe you can in a restaurant, when someone yells "is there a doctor in the room" stand up, and say "yes". Then later on say, "Oh, I'm a doctor of philosophy, not medicine, next time be more specific as to what doctor you want"
benpeek
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
you got no idea how many times i've heard that joke from friends, man. they been saying since i started the course.
bradav
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
oh I think I do, it's how I tease all my friends too!
ex_benpayne119
Feb. 8th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I specifically asked to be refered to as Our Lord Ben Payne, but obviously there was a miscommunication...

benpeek
Feb. 9th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
i told you: there can be only one!
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benpeek
Feb. 9th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
yeah, i thought it'd please you.
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benpeek
Feb. 9th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
look forward to it, man.
exp_err
Feb. 8th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Why "Australian" journal? I've always thought a country at the start of a journal title made it sound less authoritative.

Will the peer-assessment be by academics? Accredited by whom?
exp_err
Feb. 8th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
(Very cool, though).
girliejones
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
So we don't take anyone else's name, to proudly say that the journal is published in Australia and I don't think that the Australian gives it less authority unless it was science, which it isn't - eg New York Review of Science Fiction.

It will be peer-assessed by academics - asked ad hoc with relevance to the material in question just like normal journals.
exp_err
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think that the Australian gives it less authority unless it was science

That's interesting. I'm obviously not familiar with the arts side of academia, but I wonder why that would be different.
benpeek
Feb. 9th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
australian cause that's just where it's from, as gj said. i didn't have anything to do with the title of it, though, but i'm not fussed by it.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
crit review
Well, good luck to you-all.

I gave up critical writing about sf a long time ago and don't regret it. I do reviews, but that's all.

Reasons: being at odds with some of the critical heavies. But really when a man is so crass as to walk up and kiss you on the mouth when he's still chewing Cheezels...yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck! You don't exactly want to be on a panel with him or anywhere near you again.

Other reasons: a sense that to write critically and inspirationally in the same genre is like shitting in your own nest, to be polite. Not only because it can make enemies.

So I do crit in early crime fiction, which has the advantage in that all the authors are dead. And it's good fun, new territory.

Lucy Sussex
benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: crit review

thanks.

anyhow, i figure since i don't plan to write anymore criticism on this scene (it's just not something i want to put above the fiction, and, you know, it's becoming more difficult to do with a sense of freedom) i kind of want to support it somehow. so this is an attempt--plus, i get to misuse that phd ;)
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