Call for Submissions: Sūdō Journal volume 1, 2018. “Blood, Sweat and Tears”

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2018
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Call for Submissions: Sūdō Journal volume 1, 2018.
“Blood, Sweat and Tears”

Taking its name from the Latin for “I sweat,” Sūdō Journal ( is a new online journal seeking to publish art, literature and criticism that challenges the prevailing currents in aesthetics, culture and politics. Our first issue, “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” is scheduled for release in December 2018. Assuming a position of militant anti-militancy and brutal open-mindedness, Sūdō Journal has no interest in serving as a mouthpiece for the increasingly dogmatic positions of the Left and Right vanguards of Australian culture. Instead, we plead for submissions of insight and intellect that prove there is hope for us yet.

The inaugural issue of Sūdō Journal wants to know if creative work outside the ideological strongholds of culture—or between its political stockades—is worth all the “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” Has the battlefield become so entrenched that we have lost the capacity to question the moralising and dogmatism of both sides? Artists, writers and thinkers have spoken the uncomfortable truth to society for generations, but today even international luminaries are branded heretics for challenging the conventions of an increasingly partisan culture. At the 2017 New Yorker Festival, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie suggested to David Remnick that “in the quest for inclusiveness the Left is willing to discard a certain kind of complex truth,” and has fallen victim to “an extremist idea of purity.” On the other side of the political divide, the defensive position of cultural conservatism has given ground to a politics that Roger Scruton described on CBC Radio as “the excited nationalism that ruined Europe in the last century.” For outsiders and fringe dwellers—culturally, geographically, politically—there can seem little alternative but to join the crowd or risk ostracism. We are, perhaps, too quick to dismiss the insights that come with a failure to conform.

Sūdō Journal calls for submissions of art, photography, poetry, prose, and criticism. We call for academic essays, fiction, creative nonfiction and poems that could address but are not limited to,

  • the physical, emotional, and intellectual demands of art and literature,
  • Australia’s intellectual character and characters,
  • interpretations of what it means to occupy the fringes of society, culture or art,
  • the politics of artistic production and the politicisation of culture,
  • stories of political or cultural conflict,
  • the value of art and literature in twenty-first-century Australia,
  • the value of Australian voices in a global culture,
  • depictions of violence in art and literature,
  • the relationship between biology and art,
  • artworks that challenge conventional notions of the beautiful or ugly,
  • the role of universities and other institutions in Australian culture,
  • stories from the geographical, cultural, social or political fringes.

Email all contributions to Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Include the type of submission (essay, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or images), author’s name and title of the work in the subject line of the submission email. Include a brief abstract for academic essays (no more than 75 words) along with a 50-word biographical note. Book reviews of no longer than 1000 words are also welcome. Follow MLA citation style and format. All written contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, in double-spaced 12pt font. All images used must be with permission only. Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.
Hard-copy submissions will not be accepted and will not be returned.

Submissions close July 31, 2018 for our December 2018 issue.

Works Cited
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Interview by David Remnick. “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Discovering America.” The New Yorker: Politics and More, 29 Jan. 2018, Accessed 12 Feb. 2018.
Scruton, Roger. Interview by Michael Enright. “Roger Scruton: Science alone can't explain what makes us human.” The Sunday Edition, 8 Oct. 2017, Accessed 12 Feb. 2018.