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Vector is open to submissions on a rolling basis. To query, contact vector.submissions@gmail.com. For standard submissions, we prefer around 1,000 to 3,500 words. For academic articles, we prefer 3,500 to 5,000 words. Whatever you’re submitting, we’re looking for writing that is intellectually stimulating and sophisticated, but also accessible and engaging to a wide audience.

Call for Submissions: Speculative Art

“I want to be a machine” Andy Warhol

For the next issue of Vector, we invite contributors to explore modern and contemporary art in relation to science fiction. At a time when avoiding science fiction is as difficult as avoiding technology, the news, or reality itself, it’s no surprise we encounter SF in art galleries as well. Yet it’s difficult to provide a definition by which some works of art may be considered works of SF.  Should such a definition be based on aesthetics, concepts, methods, or something else? Are there works of art that may not evoke SF at first glance, but are fruitful to consider in the context of SF culture and theory? We welcome submissions that explore technology, alterity, time and space, posthumanity, artificial intelligence, and other science fictional and fantastic themes through visual art, sound art, installation art, performance art, relational art, new media, conceptual art, ludic art, and any and all other forms. 

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.  We are also very happy for you to get in touch with us to discuss your ideas in advance. Academic articles between 3,500 and 5,500 words may be considered for peer review, and shorter articles, exhibition reviews, interviews, and other features are also welcome. Imaginative and left-field interpretations of the call are also encouraged.

Queries and submissions to: vector.submissions@gmail.com.

For inspiration, here are just a few artists that draw on SF in their work:


General Submissions

Vector is the critical journal of the BSFA. It is edited by Polina Levontin and Jo Lindsay Walton, along with occasional guest editors. We are open to submissions on a rolling basis. To query, contact vector.submissions@gmail.com. We are interested in:

  • Non-academic articles on SFF, science, technology, and related subjects (usually 1,000 to 3,500 words)
  • Academic articles (usually 3,500 to 5,000 words)
  • Interviews and roundtables
  • Conference and convention reports
  • Occasional reviews of SFF magazines, non-fiction, exhibitions, movies, TV, games, and new media (book reviewers should get in touch with The BSFA Review instead)
  • Occasional artwork
  • Queries from prospective guest editors
  • Queries from prospective advertisers

Vector especially welcomes contributions that can appeal both to scholars of science fiction and to non-academic fans. Contributors are advised to familiarise themselves with the style and tone of the journal prior to submitting. We seek lively, engaging, accessible articles, underpinned by rigorous and careful research. Contributors will receive a copy of the journal. Word limits given above are guidelines and may be flexible, depending on the article.

We also do themed issues; forthcoming themes are likely to include ‘African and Afrodiasporic SF,’ ‘Speculative Art,’ and ‘Science Fiction and Democracy.’

All submissions will also be considered for the website.

We don’t publish fiction.

We also welcome inquiries from prospective guest editors.


Finally, some information which may be of interest to academics, especially those working in the UK. Vector’s high editorial standards are informed by our mission to speak to a mixed audience of non-academics as well as academics across all disciplines. The kind of editorial attention we give to each submission is determined by its individual nature and aims. Vector is not normally a peer-reviewed journal, although anonymous peer reviews can be arranged on request by the author. Vector is green open access: authors are welcome to deposit their articles in institutional repositories or elsewhere, with no embargo period. We are currently also exploring options for further improving the accessibility of Vector‘s academic content.