NEXT DEADLINE: 
31 January 2021 10:oopm

Submissions for issue 3 in 2021 are now open

What to send us

Short fiction, poetry, abstractions, photographs, designs, comic strips/excerpts from a graphic novel, paintings, scripts, sketches, essays, excerpts from a novel or longer short fiction piece, diary entries, blogs. Surprise us.

Who can submit

Anyone connected to Sussex – whether a student, a staff member, a visitor, a family member living in university accommodation, an alumni, or a staff member of a third party organisation that works on campus – can submit.

How to submit

  1. Before you submit your work, please read the general and specific criteria below to make sure your work follows all the guidelines.

  2. Send your submission by email when submissions are open to: thechannel.sussex@gmail.com. If you have missed a submission window, please send your work in once submissions open again.

  3. Title your email subject line: ‘Category_Surname_Name of Work’ e.g. ‘Essay_Coates_The Case for Reparations’

  4. Send writing as a word document attachment in an email and any visual work as any standard picture file attachment (jpeg, png etc…). Title the attachments as the name of your piece.

  5. Do not include your name in the submitted piece to keep the submission process anonymous.

  6. In the body of your email include:

  • the title and category of your piece

  • your contact details (name and 2 preferred forms of contact)

  • a short bio of no more than 50 words. Your bio can say anything you like

  • your affiliation with Sussex University

  • how you found out about The Channel

General Criteria

There are no limitations regarding themes or style of submissions. We want to hear your opinions and feelings surrounding topics that are personally relevant to you. If you need inspiration please see the non-exhaustive list of thematic suggestions below.

Number of submissions

You may make one submission for up to two categories at a time. Send a separate email for each category.

Language barriers and skills

We understand that for people who have learned English as a second language or who haven’t had a chance to practice their writing in a long time, submitting writing may be scary. If you are nervous about submitting your writing for this reason please let us know in the email. This way, if we like your piece we can work with you through the editing process if needed.

Explicit content

If your work, in any form, includes content of an explicit, graphic or traumatic nature please include a warning in the subject line and body of your email. For example if you have written a story about a murder add ‘_Warning_Murder’ or ‘_Warning_Graphic Violence’.

Thematic Suggestions
  • Joy

  • Cultural exchange

  • Creative and innovative ways of communicating

  • Climate change and our relationship with the environment

  • Social transformation, alternative realities and pluriversality

  • Grief

  • Living in a “post-truth society”

  • Critical discussion of development challenges across local to global levels

  • Our relationships with technology

  • New ways of being as individuals and communities

  • Critical approaches on gender, ethnicity and identity

  • Family

  • Life as a minority

  • Challenging dominant models of societal organisation

  • Non-conformist critiques of the education system

  • Rebellion

  • Fear

This list is not exhaustive and submissions with these themes are not more likely to be accepted. Our priority is thoughtful work in line with the ethos of the magazine detailed in the ‘About’ section. This is a general list of some of the many interests of our editors:

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting to The Channel, you agree to the following:

  • The Channel has permission to publish your work.

  • You will retain the copyright of your work.

  • You warrant that you are the owner of the copyright of the work and that it does not libel any other party.

  • The editorial team can edit your work with your final approval.

  • You agree to be added to the mailing list and receive future updates on submission openings and upcoming editions and may opt-out of this at any time.

Specific Criteria

Please see specific criteria below. Please note that if your submission exceeds any defined limit by more than 10% your work will not be accepted by the editorial team.

Short stories or any creative prose

2000 words max. No minimum. If you have a longer piece that could be broken into two or more parts, send us the first self-contained piece with 2000 words or under and mention in the email that there is a potential for an expansion with this piece. For excerpts of longer pieces, please include a 50 word synopsis of the longer piece.

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Comic / Graphic Stories

Three A4 pages max. No minimum.

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Poetry

One long poem of 500 words max or up to 3 poems totalling 500 words.

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Essays

2000 words max. Write in any style – don’t feel you have to stick to a traditional academic voice. However, sources are required for facts and statements for verification even if they are not included in the published version.

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Blogs

1000 words max. Blogs can be less involved than an essay, more personal, and may be published on our website straight away, rather than in a yearly issue. Please state a preference in your email whether intended for our yearly issue or immediate publication. You can submit blogs for both yearly issue and online publication.

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Visual Content

 

 

 

No more than 5 images per submission.

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