CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ISSUE 8, JUNE 2024

 

Photograph by Highlight ID

We invite writers, scholars and artists to contribute to our upcoming issue centered around the theme of the male gaze.

The male gaze refers to the way in which the literary and visual arts often depict the world and women from a heterosexual male perspective, emphasizing their physical attractiveness and objectifying them. This concept originated from feminist film theory but is now broadly applied to various forms of media and cultural representations.

In the late 1970s, the feminist film critic Laura Mulvey introduced the male gaze theory, which suggests that many visual narratives are created from a straight male viewpoint, shaping the audience’s perception and reinforcing gender stereotypes. This often involves presenting women as passive objects of desire, framed for the pleasure of a presumed male viewer. The concept has extended beyond film to encompass advertisements, photography, and other forms of media, highlighting how societal norms and power dynamics influence visual representation.

Critics have argued for more diverse and inclusive perspectives to challenge and broaden these traditional portrayals. These calls for diversity include a wider latitude of images and insights regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus communities.

For the forthcoming issue, we welcome insightful essays, thought-provoking fiction and poetry, and arresting visual art that critically examines, challenges, or redefines the concept of the male gaze in its various contexts and permutations.

Submission period:

January 1st to April 30th 2024

Publication date: Last week of June 2024

Further submission guidelines can be found below.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Poetry:

Up to 5 poems. There is no minimum or maximum word limit but poems that run up to a maximum of 40 lines are preferred.

Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: 

A single work, maximum of 10,000 words.

Drama: 

A complete or a stand-alone extract of a play. A single work, maximum of 9,000 words.

Scholarly and Literary Essays: 

Author Guidelines for Scholarly and Literary Essays

When preparing your citations and formatting your reference entries, please adhere to the conventions established by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020). For more information about APA-7, please refer to https://apastyle.apa.org/blog

Critical essays should not exceed 6,000 words (excluding footnotes and references). Please submit your manuscript as a Word Document. The text of your work should be in Garamond, 12 point size. Manuscripts should have 1.5 spacing on A4-sized paper with margins of 1.25” (right and left) and 1” (top and bottom). 

Please use British spelling, except in cited texts or quotations. 

The title page of your essay should include the following information:

  1.   The title of your essay (in bold)
  2.   A brief abstract (150 – 200 words)
  3.   Four to five keywords

Do use the Document Inspector to find and remove hidden data and personal information in your manuscript. Please include the following information in a separate Word Document:

  1.   Author name, institutional affiliation and email address
  2.   A brief biography in third person (maximum 100 words)

Reviews: 

Do let us know which publication or film you wish to review and proceed if the Editors show interest in it. This does not guarantee publication. Maximum word limit is 1,000 words.

Please follow APA-7 conventions for any quotations or citations: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/citations/quotations 

Interviews: 

Do let us know about your planned interview and proceed if the Editors show interest in it. This does not guarantee publication. Maximum word limit is 3,000 words.

Language: English, original and translated works.

All submissions are subjected to a double-blind refereeing process by our reviewers.

How to submit your work:

Submit your work through email: menmattersonlinejournal@gmail.com In the email cover letter please indicate that this is an original and unpublished work that is being submitted.

Attach your individual submissions in separate attachments. Make sure there are no personal details in the files containing the submissions.

In a separate file provide a brief biography in third person (maximum 100 words)

File format: Word Document. The text of your work should be in Garamond (12 point size), with 1.5 spacing.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. It is your responsibility to inform us in time when the work submitted here is accepted somewhere else.

Submission periods:

January 1st to April 30th for the June issue 

July 1st to October 31st for the December issue 

Our response period might be between two weeks to three months from the date we receive your work.

Contact Email: menmattersonlinejournal@gmail.com