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The Antihumanist

OUR MISSION

We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world.

ANTIHUMANISM?

Humanism is a stance that centres the values and agency of humans. Therefore, antihumanism should negate this – a rejection of humans as the measuring stick for the rest of being.

Antihumanism is not necessarily the same as crude misanthropy – the hatred of humans. Yet, some who fall under its banner would consider human existence, on the balance of things, a bad thing and advocate for voluntary extinction.

Others find the deconstruction of human essentialism liberating, finding opportunities as traditional values and natures collapse. This includes posthumanists and transhumanists, imagining new futures liberated from frailty and mortality.

Yet, we argue the most significant impact of antihumanism is the critique of enlightenment prejudices. The creeping suspicion our values and goals are naught but petty bias, that universality, progress, and rationality are phantoms.

Many explore the themes of antihumanism, from fiction authors like Lovecraft and Ligotti to philosophers like Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault. These writers defy simple labels: existentialism, postmodernism, absurdism, pessimism, cosmicism, and nihilism. Their failures – including bigotry and myopia – are symbolic of human fallibility.

Regardless of whether you accept the arguments of the above positions or disagree, we argue that antihumanist writings identify the greatest challenge of late modernity – the collapse of value – and spurs the reader to respond.

Cover art Free

Open

COMMISSIONING

If you are an artist please submit pieces that demonstrate your style. We will then commission you for original art work within the theme of the magazine.

PAY

150 dollars (US) for cover art. Negotiable.

ONLINE RIGHTS

We require exclusive electronic rights to your artwork for 3 months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we can include it in our online archives.

ARTISTS

We want artists from all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity and biology.

Essays and letters Free

Open

WHAT DO WE WANT?

LENGTH

Essays from 750 to 1500 words.

Letters up to 350 words

Word length does not include bibliography and footnotes.

SUBJECT

We want essays and letters that challenge human centred narratives, that force us to confront our place in the universe, that make us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose?

Equally, we are willing to accept essays that challenge the antihumanist project and explicitly refute antihumanist assumptions and presuppositions.

However, we are not interested in essays which ignore antihumanism entirely.

LANGUAGE

We only consider original works written in English. A translated version of a previously published essay may be submitted as a reprint if you are the author or translator and have the rights to do so.

WRITERS

We want authors from all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity and biology.

HINTS AND TIPS

STYLE

Your audience will be the average layperson – keep this in mind when considering what jargon and prose you use. Stylistically brilliant writing will certainly be found pleasing, but will not improve your work as much will be detracted by long-winded, obscure or inaccurate writing. Avoid repetition. Aim for clarity, concision and economy of words.

We recommend reading the blog of the APA and the Op-Ed project articles on this subject.

STRUCTURE

We want essays that follow a classical tripartite structure:

  • Introduction – a short paragraph (or two at most) to set the scene. In the case of broad or open-ended topics, be explicit about limiting the essay’s objective within the terms of the essay question. Remember the word limit.
  • The body of the essay – this should provide the material and arguments that logically fulfil the stated objective.
  • Conclusion – a paragraph or so that neatly draws together the threads, summarising how the answer stated in the introduction has been justified.

Just because the essay follows a tripartite structure doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Phrases like “In this essay I will…” and “…in conclusion” are red flags!

ARGUMENT

Give your reasoned justification why your case stands up better than others, citing and combating opposing arguments. We may not agree with your verdict, but will not reject a well reasoned case.

Do not use expressions like “I think …” or “I believe …”. Your opinion is irrelevant unless it is supported by plausible justification. Although you may cite the views of established authorities in support of your case (argument from authority), you should not omit their supporting argument.

REFERENCING

It is a basic requirement of the essays and letters not only to name the sources you have relied on, but wherever possible to identify the relevant passages or quotations referred to.

Any reference made to a source should be hyperlinked – if referring to an article, book or essay. If the work is not online it should be referred to in brackets including: authors last name, title, year, page number.

Example: (Bloggs, Hermeneutics of Unbeing, 1987, p. 982)

The bibliography at the end of the essay should list the source works in alphabetical order.

Remember that in text referenced references and bibliography are not counted in your word limit.

PAY AND SUBMISSIONPAY

Essays – 5 cents US per word

SUBMISSION FORMAT

Please use the modern manuscript format for all submissions. However, please exclude any identifying material to enable blind reviewing.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

Only one submission at a time.

SIMILTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

Allowed – however please let us know as soon as you are accepted somewhere else.

ONLINE RIGHTS

If we publish your work, we require exclusive electronic rights to it for 3 months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we can include it in our online archives.

Flash Fiction Free

Open

WHAT DO WE WANT?

LENGTH

Fiction comes in all lengths, but we believe that the brevity is the soul of wit. Flash fiction, micro-fiction, short shorts and numerous other labels exist for the genre – and for us it means works 1000 words or less.

GENRE

We want fiction that challenges human centred narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.

LANGUAGE

We only consider original works written in English. A translated version of a previously published story may be submitted as a reprint if you are the author or translator and have the rights to do so.

WRITERS

We want authors from all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity and biology.

WHAT DON’T WE WANT?

DEFINITE NO

  • Poetry
  • Resubmissions
  • Works over 1000 words in length
  • Feel good stories
  • Moralist tirades
  • Gore unrelated to plot
  • Explicit sexual content
  • Fan-fiction – the Cthulu mythos is fine but simply recreating Lovecraft should be avoided
  • Works that promote sexist, racist or homophobic views
    • This isn’t the provocative we are looking for
    • These biases are just as human, and therefore as wrong, as humanist conceptions of progress and liberty
    • These come with the added disadvantage of distracting us from the problems of humanism with petty tribalism
    • This doesn’t mean that these views can’t be addressed – just not promoted
HARD SELLS
  • Fantasy
  • Hypertext fiction
  • Works comprised as a shopping list, a series of texts or emails

PAY AND SUBMISSION

PAY

Original fiction – 5 cents US per word

SUBMISSION FORMAT

Please use the modern manuscript format for all submissions. However, please exclude any identifying material to enable blind reviewing.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

Only one submission at a time.

SIMILTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

Allowed – however please let us know as soon as you are accepted somewhere else.

ONLINE RIGHTS

If we publish your work, we require exclusive electronic rights to it for 3 months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we can include it in our online archives.