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Writing in Practice: Submissions

Submissions to Volume 7 are now invited.

This next volume, to be published in April 2021, is a Special Issue on Multimodal Writing with guest co-editor Josie Barnard. As usual, we are looking for articles on the art of imaginative writing from an authorial perspective. Articles should highlight evolving current academic thinking and practice.

There will also be a Special Section focusing on multimodality - submissions for this need not have a ‘digital’ element. Multimodal writing topics might, for example: consider how material entities – clothes, food, places - are embedded in creative writing process and practice; offer alternative uses of social media platforms (e.g. for innovative self-publishing); or address ‘non-linear’ writing, for websites or games.

The issue will not be limited exclusively to multimodal writing topics; other contributions are welcome.

Submissions should be in the region of 4000–10,000 words, and include an abstract of up to 200 words. 

Before submitting your work, please ensure that you read the style guide, downloadable to the right. Submissions that ignore these guidelines may be ignored.

Submit your work using the online system below.

The deadline for submissions to Volume 7 is midnight (GMT), 26th June 2020.



Further information

The aim of this journal is to encourage research in the field of Creative Writing. We recognize that this research is principally undertaken through the act of creating. Creative Writing academics invest knowledge and understanding into their creative practice, and use existing knowledge to help innovate and evolve their own work and the broader subject. The articulated results of this often practice-led and/or practice-based research demonstrate and develop existing subject knowledge.

We seek scholarly articles about practice and process that contextualize, reflect on and respond to existing knowledge and understanding in the form of poetics and/or exegesis. Creative Writing itself is welcome when integral to an article. While we also welcome critical examinations of the international history and pedagogy of Creative Writing, such work must evidence a wide-reading and contextualization of the existing literature, and make a significant and well-articulated contribution to knowledge in those fields.

Writing in Practice: Editorial Board

Helena Blakemore, Celia Brayfield, Liz Cable, Liz Cashdan, Jessica Clapham, Carrie Etter, Francis Gilbert, Susan Greenberg, Andrea Holland, Holly Howitt-Dring, Andrew Melrose, Derek Neale, Kate North, Amy Spencer

Principal Editor (from Spring 2016): Derek Neale

Executive Editor of NAWE Publications: Lisa Koning

Style Guide
For further guidance on submitting your work, together with a full style guide, please download and refer to the document below.


Peer Review
We are inviting NAWE members with appropriate academic experience to put themselves forward as peer reviewers. Please send your expression of interest, together with details of your specific areas of expertise, to


Copyright remains with individual contributing authors (with NAWE reserving the right to reproduce materials in other NAWE publications and in the members-only area of We request that any other use of the materials by the authors should make reference to the original publication in Writing in Practice.