Call for Submissions - 16.2 "The Writing Issue"

This is the first call for submissions for the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 16, no.2, “The Writing Issue,” and we are soliciting work that engages writing as both a practice and as a concept. As students, we are exposed to writing about music and musicians, and encouraged to write about our own thoughts, interpretations, and experiences with music and culture. However, writing is not simply “one thing,” but instead it is a complicated nexus of our emotions, stories, observations, and perspectives in which we try to make sense of ourselves and our work. In this sense of openness and individuality, we will accept submissions pertaining to—but not limited to—the following criteria:

  • Decolonizing practices in and through writing

  • Writing outside of the academy (blogging, journalism, literature, etc.)

  • Applied ethnomusicology through writing projects

  • Submissions in the form of poetry, short stories, journal entries, etc.

  • Technical/strategic approaches to writing

  • What constitutes a “text,” and who should have ownership of that text?

  • Creative strategies and outlets for academic writers

It is our hope that by engaging with a broader understanding of “what writing is” and “where we might expect to find it,” that this issue will foster a dynamic and creative space that might challenge these and other assumptions about writing within disciplinary boundaries.


We encourage student authors from any music- or sound-related field to submit pieces in a variety of media. Submissions may be written, photographic, or multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We particularly solicit audio/visual contributions to correspond with the theme for this issue. We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:


- Original photography or artwork related to the issue’s theme [with attendant permissions and appropriately publishable captions, which must be submitted with the images]

-- Short films, video collage, or brief interviews related to the issue’s theme [with attendant permissions from all involved to publish on our public YouTube platform]


- Student submissions: 


For our “Thoughts from the Field” column (c. 200–250 words) [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme; please contact the editor at for more specific details]


Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]


Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]


- Professional submissions:


For our “Dear SEM” column (c. 500-750 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: How has your approach to the writing process evolved or changed over time, and how do you see your writing engaging with discursive spaces within and/or outside of the academy?”];


Individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]

If you would like to submit a piece for this issue, please contact the editor at We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions must follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date)—attention to style is crucial for acceptance. Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than November 6, 2020. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

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