DEADLINE: February 27th

Anamesa is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University. Tracing its conceptual origin to Platonic philosophy, Anamesa stands for the “in between,” and sets as its purpose to blur boundaries, re-imagine links, and explore the interstices of academia. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, timely, and intelligent works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the global graduate community.

Submissions of writing and visual art are accepted from current and recent graduate students across all disciplines. We seek academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, poetry, photography, drawings, paintings, film stills, posters, prints, and other art works.
The theme for this issue is “Systems” and we encourage submissions that provoke thought or discussion about this topic, though off-theme submissions are also welcome.


Systems form all aspects of our lives and our universe. They help us to comprehend complicated and diverse topics by analyzing the small in relation to the large. Just as each microscopic cell is part of a system, those cells build systems that are part of the human body. As humans we have created larger systems in order to survive and function as a community—political, economic, and transportation systems. Each part of these systems plays an important role, without which they would fail. Life continues as the systems change and evolve, and each generation finds itself inscribed into a new system which needs defining and navigation. What does it mean to be part of a system? How do biological and natural systems reflect and differ from those created by humans? What are we trying to achieve when we attempt to “break The System?” What is the goal for those who wish to live outside “The System?” What do we see as the natural versus the unnatural within these systems and why? What is the power and purpose of living as a system and within one? Must we understand each smaller component of a system in order to appreciate its larger function?

Potential fields/topics for submission include: personal identity, memory, self-consciousness, economic and political power structures, borders and boundaries, diaspora, subalterns, trauma, temporality, spatiality, symbolism, literary/artistic influence, authorship, anthropology, gender, sexuality, identity politics, familial relations, class/racial/religious divisions and hierarchies, immigration, visual arts, film, painting, photography, technology, architecture, geography, sociology of space, phenomenology, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, history, post-modernism, post-structural theory, deconstruction, ecology, urban studies, language, translations, and communication.

Submission Requirements

  • All submissions must be print-ready.
  • All submissions should be 6,000 words or fewer. For non-fiction submissions, please include a 100-200 word abstract.
  • Essays should be formatted to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; please use endnotes, double-spaced, on a separate page following the body of the text.
  • All fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc or .docx file format
  • All art submissions must be in digital format (.jpeg) at 300 DPI or higher and a minimum of 5x7in.
  • Please include a cover page with your name, university, department, expected degree and date, telephone number, and e-mail address. The cover page should be a separate document from the submission.
  • DO NOT include any identifying information in the body of your submission. All submissions are blind-reviewed, so identifying information should only appear on your cover page.
  • We accept submissions in any language, but an English translation must accompany all non-English texts.
  • We accept multiple/ simultaneous submissions (up to 5 pieces per author), but we ask that each submission be submitted individually (with an exception for multiple poems, which may be submitted together).
  • All submissions must include the genre of the submission in the subject heading of the email.
  • E-mail all submissions to with the genre of the submission listed in the subject heading of the email.