Submissions 2016

LiNQ welcomes submissions of academic and creative works including fiction, creative nonfiction, papers for peer review, and poems.



Call for Submissions LiNQ Volume 43 2016


Place, Past, Perspective


Perspective, in the context of time or place, is one of the primary orienting tools of narrative. In life and story, new or different perspectives can reveal hitherto hidden aspects of realty, and differences in perspective lead to misunderstanding or conflict. In literature ranging from the English poet William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to the Australian novelist’s Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, readers are exposed to the possibilities and problems that emerge from differences of perspective. In the very act of reading and writing, readers and authors alike are forced to confront the points of contact between their own perspective and those of others.


Gendered approaches to narrative emerging first from feminist studies and then from queer theory were perhaps the first areas of literary study to foreground differences in perspective, shaping embodied experiences of place and history. Since these, a multiplicity of perspectives on place and past have abounded. In colonial, postcolonial, and postmodern contexts, multiple perspectives within a single text can foreground competing spatial or historical understandings. Ecological perspectives can highlight the ways in which idealistic pastoral narratives of place and past sometimes elide anti-pastoral realities of possession, occupation, and exploitation. Posthuman perspectives can foreground other approaches to place and past, at a time when the individual subject seems less relevant than large-scale, networked systems.


The Place, Past, Perspective Special Issue of LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland), a 45 year old literary journal produced by James Cook University, invites explorations of the role of perspective to spatiality/geography/ place, and/or time/past/history. We call for academic articles that focus on literature and narrative that could address but are not limited to,

  • The role of historical fiction in changing perspectives about place and past
  • How fiction can bring to light silenced or little-heard narratives and perspectives
  • Possible tensions between environmental, human, animal and technological perspectives
  • The ways literature can draw attention to, or blur, the boundaries between places, humans, animals and technology
  • The impact of technology on understanding a sense of place and history
  • Misunderstandings, particularly relating to place or past, that arise from cultural or gendered difference
  • The role of depictions of the future in offering perspectives on the present and past
  • How memories, documents from the past, narratives, imagination and/or technology can inform place
  • How concepts of the cyborg and artificial intelligence offer alternative perspectives
  • The function of narrative strategies for representing consciousness, including multiple and/or non-human perspectives


We also call for creative work, including creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, which responds to these concepts.


Instructions for Authors
Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Include a brief abstract of the article (no more than 75 words) and a 50-word biographical note. Book reviews of no longer than 1000 words are also welcome. We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers.
Follow MLA citation style and format. All contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced 12pt font. All images used must be with permission only.


Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.


Hard-copy submissions are not accepted and will not be returned. Send e-mail submissions to


Academic submissions close September 1 2016 and creative submissions October 30 2016.