"[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain  

American author Mark twain said it best when he wrote, “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” With the world ever balancing so much to cry about with so much to laugh about, The AutoEthnographer Literary and Arts Magazine is excited to announce its call for submissions for the 2023 special issue, “Laughter.” Submissions will be accepted in any of our main categories (writing, poetry, multimedia, video, performance, photography, artwork, etc.) between June 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023 and may respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where laughter served as an effective weapon or response.     
  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where laughter occurred intentionally or unexpectedly.     
  • Tell us a story of humor typical to a specific culture.     
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story where a well-intended plan backfired leading to laughter.     
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story where laughter is metaphorical or symbolic in some way.     
  • Tell us a culturally specific story where laughter broke through tension or lightened a mood.  

Your work need not respond to the above prompts; these are merely suggestions or starting points. Accepted submissions will be published throughout 2023 as part of our special issue.

WHO ARE WE?

The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital  literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent  editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish elsewhere.

Please review  the definitions, advice, examples, and submission instructions below  carefully to improve your chances of acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

Autoethnography  is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described  as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. 

We also recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3]  When researchers write  autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot  development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice.  Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience  meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing  accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse  mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,   1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

EXAMPLES

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome  trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual, the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage submission of both the original language work and the English translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical, academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

CATEGORY 1: EVOCATIVE EXPRESSIONS ($25 USD/article)

Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see below.

Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore  alternatives. For longer works, we welcome pitches for columns and  ongoing features. Likewise, we may request to post your work over a  number of articles over time in order to create a more suitable audience  experience.

If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee.  Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit  magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or  sooner.

  • WRITING (Fiction or Nonfiction; Flash; Essay; Poetry; Lyrics) – No  length requirement but we suggest 1000-2000 words max for readability,  no minimum; for longer works, we may request serialization. You may also  suggest columns and ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx files.  Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info. While single poems or song lyrics  are appreciated and welcomed, we will give preference to a collection of  poems or lyrics (3-10 works) due to their breadth and depth. You may  also suggest columns and ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx  files. For longer collections, we may request serialization.
  • AUDIO, VISUAL, PERFORMANCE: Creative, performing,  and fine arts such as singing, spoken word, photography, assemblage,  quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing, potting, painting, drawing,  cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up, tattooing, jewelry-making,  fashion or home decor design, stand-up comedy, performative rituals,  etc. should be represented visually or multimodally. No length  requirement but please be sensitive to your viewer; for longer works or  groups of images/videos/recordings we may request serialization. You may  also suggest columns and ongoing features. Work should be presented in  .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and may be externally hosted at the  time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be  readily available if work is accepted. Contact the  [editor  at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles and memos at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed for publication.
  3. INCLUDE DETAILED AUTHOR'S/ARTIST'S MEMO (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions “How is this work autoethnographic?" and "Which culture(s) or cultural issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication.

CATEGORY 2: TEACHING/LEARNING/PERFORMING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY ($25 USD/article)

This  category is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching,  learning, or performing  of autoethnography with the intent to educate  others or to produce content that can be utilized in educational  settings. For example:

Essays, stories, lesson plans, workshops, strategies, interviews,  reflections on teaching, learning, or performing autoethnography at any  level. For book reviews, we’ll send you the book instead of payment and  waive the submission fee. Text, audio, video, visual, multimodal  submissions accepted. We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5  donation submission fee.

If accepted, the contributor may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our  non-profit magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14  days or sooner.

  • TEACHING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY (Essays, stories, lesson plans, workshops, strategies, reflections) – No length requirement but we suggest 1000-2000 words max for  readability or 30 mins max for audio or video, no minimum; for longer  works, we may request serialization. You may also suggest columns and  ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx files. Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info.
  • Note that creative work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash, essays,  and lyrics) should be submitted to the category “14-Day Response:  Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash, Essays, Lyrics”. This  category is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching,  learning, or performing  of autoethnography with the intent to educate  others or to produce content that can be utilized in educational  settings.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to  preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed  anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying  information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an  alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed  for publication.

PAYMENT

We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!!

Rarely in the history of our English language  has a word so quickly and so profoundly shifted in meanings and usage as  the word queer has throughout the last century. As such, The AutoEthnographer is excited to announce a new call for submissions that celebrate, problematize, challenge, or illuminate the many meanings of “queer” whether referring to emotion, difference, critical theory, or sexuality.

“You have some queer friends, Dorothy,” she said.“The queerness doesn’t matter, so long as they’re friends,” was the answer. - L. Frank Baum, The Road to Oz, 1904

Submissions will be accepted in any of our main categories (writing,  poetry, multimedia, video, art, performance)  through June 1, 2023 and may respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us a story of lived experience where culture and queerness intersect in some way
  • Tell us a story of lived experience where the word queer has been used in a culturally-specific way
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story of lived experience where a character explores queer identity
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story of lived experience in relation to queer theory

Your work need not respond to the above prompts; these are merely suggestions or starting points. Accepted submissions will be published throughout 2023 as part of our special issue.

WHO ARE WE?
The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital  literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent  editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish elsewhere.

Please review  the definitions, advice, examples, and submission instructions below  carefully to improve your chances of acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?
Autoethnography  is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described  as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences.
We also recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3]  When researchers write  autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot  development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice.  Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience  meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing  accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse  mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,   1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

EXAMPLES

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome  trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual, the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage submission of both the original language work and the English translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical, academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

CATEGORY 1: EVOCATIVE EXPRESSIONS ($25 USD/article)
Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see below.

Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore  alternatives. For longer works, we welcome pitches for columns and  ongoing features. Likewise, we may request to post your work over a  number of articles over time in order to create a more suitable audience  experience.

If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee.  Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit  magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or  sooner.

  • WRITING (Fiction or Nonfiction; Flash; Essay) – No  length requirement but we suggest 1000-2000 words max for readability,  no minimum; for longer works, we may request serialization. You may also  suggest columns and ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx files.  Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info.
  • POETRY/LYRICS – While single poems or song lyrics  are appreciated and welcomed, we will give preference to a collection of  poems or lyrics (3-10 works) due to their breadth and depth. You may  also suggest columns and ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx  files. For longer collections, we may request serialization.
  • AUDIO, VISUAL, PERFORMANCE: Creative, performing,  and fine arts such as singing, spoken word, photography, assemblage,  quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing, potting, painting, drawing,  cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up, tattooing, jewelry-making,  fashion or home decor design, stand-up comedy, performative rituals,  etc. should be represented visually or multimodally. No length  requirement but please be sensitive to your viewer; for longer works or  groups of images/videos/recordings we may request serialization. You may  also suggest columns and ongoing features. Work should be presented in  .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and may be externally hosted at the  time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be  readily available if work is accepted. Contact the  [editor  at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles and memos at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed for publication.
  3. INCLUDE DETAILED AUTHOR'S/ARTIST'S MEMO (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions “How is this work autoethnographic?" and "Which culture(s) or cultural issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication.

PAYMENT
We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!!

WHAT IS THE AUTOETHNOGRAPHER?

The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital  literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent  editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish elsewhere.

Please review  the definitions, advice, examples, and  submission instructions below  carefully to improve your chances of  acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. The following may be of assistance:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3] When researchers write  autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot  development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice. Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience  meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing  accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse  mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,   1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

EXAMPLES

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome   trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual,  the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that  can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage  submission of both the original language work and the English  translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because  our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical,  academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

CATEGORY 1: EVOCATIVE EXPRESSIONS ($25 USD/article)

Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see below.

Contact  the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore  alternatives.  For longer works, we welcome pitches for columns and  ongoing features.  Likewise, we may request to post your work over a  number of articles  over time in order to create a more suitable audience  experience.

If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

We  pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee.  Your  tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit   magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or   sooner.

  • WRITING: (Fiction or Nonfiction; Flash; Essay; Poetry; Lyrics) –  No length requirement but we encourage you to consider the attention  span of your non-academic audience and suggest 1000-2000 words max for  readability, no minimum; for longer works, we may request serialization.  You may also suggest columns and ongoing features. Please submit  .doc/.docx files. Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info. While single poems or song lyrics are appreciated and welcomed, we will  give preference to a collection of poems or lyrics (3-10 works) due to  their breadth and depth. You may also suggest columns and ongoing  features. Please submit .doc/.docx files. For longer collections, we may  request serialization.
  • AUDIO, VISUAL, PERFORMANCE: Creative, performing,  and fine arts such as singing, spoken word,  photography, assemblage,  quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing,  potting, painting, drawing,  cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up,  tattooing, jewelry-making,  fashion or home decor design, stand-up  comedy, performative rituals,  etc. should be represented visually or  multimodally. No length  requirement but please be sensitive to your  viewer; for longer works or  groups of images/videos/recordings we may  request serialization. You may  also suggest columns and ongoing  features. Work should be presented in  .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png  and may be externally hosted at the  time of submission (send the  link). HD images and video should be  readily available if work is  accepted. Contact the  [editor  at theautoethnographer dot com] if using  another file format.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles and memos at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions  are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no  identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged  to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be  changed for publication.
  3. INCLUDE DETAILED AUTHOR'S/ARTIST'S MEMO (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your  submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions “How is this work autoethnographic?" and "Which culture(s) or cultural  issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication.

PAYMENT

We  pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!!

WHO ARE WE?

The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital   literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent   editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and  scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio,  visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography  that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural  inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so  long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish  elsewhere.

Please review  the definitions, advice,  examples, and submission instructions below  carefully to improve your  chances of acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

This category, "Teaching/Learning/Performing Autoethnography," is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching, learning, or performing of autoethnography with the intent to educate others or to produce content that can be utilized in educational settings. **Note that creative work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash, essays, and lyrics) should be submitted to the category "14-Day Response: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash, Essays, Lyrics".

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. We recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3] When researchers write  autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot  development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice. Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience  meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing  accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse  mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,   1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome   trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual,  the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that  can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage  submission of both the original language work and the English  translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because  our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical,  academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

TEACHING/LEARNING/PERFORMING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY ($25 USD/article)

This   category is ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the  teaching,  learning, or performing  of autoethnography with the intent  to educate  others or to produce content that can be utilized in  educational  settings. For example:

Essays,  stories, lesson plans, workshops, strategies, interviews,  reflections  on teaching, learning, or performing autoethnography at any  level. For  book reviews, we’ll send you the book instead of payment and  waive the  submission fee. Text, audio, video, visual, multimodal  submissions  accepted. We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee.

If accepted, the contributor may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

Your  tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our  non-profit  magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14  days or  sooner.

  • TEACHING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY (Essays, stories, lesson plans, workshops, strategies, reflections) – No length requirement but we suggest 1000-2000 words max for   readability or 30 mins max for audio or video, no minimum; for longer   works, we may request serialization. You may also suggest columns and   ongoing features. Please submit .doc/.docx files. Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info.
  • Note  that creative work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash, essays,  and  lyrics) should be submitted to the category “14-Day Response:  Poetry,  Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash, Essays, Lyrics”. This  category is  ONLY for submissions that reflectively explore the teaching,  learning,  or performing  of autoethnography with the intent to educate  others or  to produce content that can be utilized in educational  settings.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed for publication.

PAYMENT

We  pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!!

WHO ARE WE?

The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital   literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent   editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and  scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio,  visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography  that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural  inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so  long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish  elsewhere.

Please review  the definitions, advice,  examples, and submission instructions below  carefully to improve your  chances of acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. We recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3]  When researchers write  autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot  development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice. Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience  meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing  accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse  mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,   1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

 ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

EXAMPLES

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome   trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual,  the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that  can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage  submission of both the original language work and the English  translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because  our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical,  academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

EVOCATIVE EXPRESSIONS ($25 USD/article)

Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography. Author’s/Artist’s memos are required for submissions in this category; see below. 

Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] to explore alternatives. For longer works, we welcome pitches for columns and ongoing features. Likewise, we may request to post your work over a number of articles  over time in order to create a more suitable audience experience. 

If accepted, the contributor may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

We pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!! Response time is generally within 14 days or sooner.

  • AUDIO, VISUAL, PERFORMANCE: Creative, performing, and  fine arts such as singing, spoken word, photography, assemblage, quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing, potting, painting, drawing, cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up,  tattooing, jewelry-making, fashion or home decor design, stand-up comedy, performative rituals, etc. should be represented visually or multimodally. No length requirement but please be sensitive to your viewer; for longer works or groups of images/videos/recordings we may  request serialization. You may also suggest columns and ongoing features. Work should be presented in .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and may be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be readily available if  work is accepted. Contact the  [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. REVIEW EXAMPLES: We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles and memos at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  2. REMOVE IDENTIFYING INFO: In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies your submission. You are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for submission purposes; this can later be changed for publication.
  3. INCLUDE DETAILED AUTHOR'S/ARTIST'S MEMO (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is your opportunity to contextualize or explain your submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions “How is this work autoethnographic?" and "Which culture(s) or cultural issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered for publication.

PAYMENT

We  pay $25 USD per article and request a $5 donation submission fee. Your tax deductible donation helps sustain the future of our non-profit magazine; thank you!!

ABOUT US

The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and  scholars invites unpublished, unsolicited, evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry.

Please review  the definitions, advice, examples, and  submission instructions below  carefully to improve your chances of  acceptance. As of end of 2022, our  acceptance rate is ~40%. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us. Likewise, the editor invites proposals and inquiries at [editor at theautoethnographer dot com].

THE AUTOETHNOGRAPHER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 2023

Purpose? To recognize outstanding works of literary and artistic autoethnography by creatives who identify as active students at any age or level; to diversify digital content at The AutoEthnographer by providing opportunities for guest editors and new magazine features; and to promote autoethnographic creativity in the literary and arts communities.

Who can enter? Works must be nominated by an instructor, professor, tutor, or other educator; the author/artist must have been an enrolled student in the 2022-2023 school year. Submissions should be accompanied by the nominator's letter establishing their rationale for nomination in light of the quality of the submission as well as the potential for the student to actively contribute to the magazine's editorial processes. Work that has been previously published at The AutoEthnographer or elsewhere is not eligible. 

Entry fee? There is no entry fee for this scholarship competition.

Requirements for submission? File 1: nominating letter and author bio. File 2: submission and author's or artist's memo.

Jury? The international editorial board of The AutoEthnographer will adjudicate this competition.

Prize? The prize consists of two $250 USD cash prizes paid via PayPal; publication in the digital version of The AutoEthnographer; publication in the print anthology of The AutoEthnographer; participation in the magazine podcast; the opportunity to join our Editorial Board for 6 months; and the opportunity to develop a column/feature at the magazine. 

*Additionally, applicants who are not awarded the cash prize may still be invited to publish their submissions ($25 USD payment); participate in the magazine podcast; and/or have their work published in the biennial print edition.

Categories? A) Writing (fiction, nonfiction, flash, essays, poetry, lyrics, B) Audio, visual, performance, artistic, multimodal

Deadline? July 1, 2023

Award date? October 1, 2023

WHAT IS AUTOETHNOGRAPHY?

Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that utilizes lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena. It is often described as a hybrid form of ethnography & autobiography in that autoethnographers use lived experience to explore cultural issues. Autoethnography then can be a purposeful short story, a video monologue, a gallery of images, a quilt, a song, a poem, a dinner menu, artwork, and even a live performance when such expressions also celebrate or investigate cultural experiences. We recommend the following article as a user-friendly primer on the basics of autoethnography:

Consider the following discussions of autoethnography from the article above:

Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process… Consequently, autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist. [3] When researchers write autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning  patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice. Thus, the autoethnographer not only tries to make personal experience meaningful and cultural experience engaging, but also, by producing accessible texts, she or he may be able to reach wider and more diverse mass audiences that traditional research usually disregards, a move that can make personal and social change possible for more people (BOCHNER,  1997; ELLIS, 1995;  GOODALL, 2006; HOOKS, 1994). [14]

Adams, T., Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. FQS, 12(1).

 ADVICE FROM THE EDITORS

EXAMPLES

FAQ's ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

  • https://theautoethnographer.com/
  • The Autoethnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we do welcome   trans-languaging, multilingualism, and code-switching. If multilingual,  the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that  can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage  submission of both the original language work and the English  translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  • Each year we also invite thematic submissions in addition to our general submissions; see our SUBMIT page for more info.
  • Contributors may be at any stage of their creative journeys and need not have previously published work.
  • If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.
  • Submissions are accepted 365 days of the year.
  • Because  our focus is literary and expressive, works that are theoretical,  academic, and/or philosophical are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).
  • We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  • Please review the Contract and Publication Rights at our website prior to submission; publication implies consent with this policy.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HERE.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES (2)

Expressive works of any medium that have been created as, or in conjunction with, autoethnography are invited for submission. We may request to post longer works over a number of articles over time in order to create a more suitable audience experience. If accepted, contributors may also be invited to participate in the magazine podcast and biennial print edition.

  • WRITING: FICTION or NONFICTION, ESSAY, FLASH, POETRY or LYRICS – No length requirement but please consider the attention span of your non-academic reader (aim for ~1000-2000 words if fiction, nonfiction, or essay); for longer works, we may request serialization. Please submit .doc/.docx files. Please follow APA 7 for general formatting of citations and references when applicable. Click me for more info. Single poems/lyrics are appreciated and welcomed; however, we tend to give preference to a collection of poems or lyrics (3-10 works) due to their tendency for breadth and depth. Please submit .doc/.docx files. For longer collections, we may request serialization. Additional media may be presented with the written work. Work should be presented in .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and may be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be readily available if work is accepted. Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.
  • AUDIO, VISUAL, PERFORMANCE: Creative, performing, and  fine arts such as singing, spoken word, photography, collage, assemblage, quilting, weaving, sculpting, dancing, potting, painting, drawing,  cooking, metalwork, landscaping, make-up, tattooing, jewelry-making,  fashion or home decor design, stand-up comedy, performative rituals,  etc. should be represented visually or multimodally. No length requirement but please be sensitive to your viewer; for longer works or  groups of images/videos/recordings we may request serialization. Work should be presented in .wav/.mp4/.mp3/.mov or .jpeg/.png and should be externally hosted at the time of submission (send the link). HD images and video should be readily available if work is accepted. Contact the [editor at theautoethnographer dot com] if using another file format.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  1. In order to preserve a fair and impartial vetting process, submissions are refereed anonymously; please ensure that where possible, no identifying information accompanies the submission or memo; the nomination and bio will remain invisible to editors during the vetting process. Submissions are encouraged to use an alias if necessary for anonymity; this can later be changed for publication.
  2. The AutoEthnographer is primarily an English language publication. However, we welcome multilingual and translated works. If mutlilingual, the artist’s memo should provide useful context and translations that can help the reader embrace the work. If translated, we encourage  submission of both the original language work and the English translation to highlight and celebrate the author’s linguistic choices.
  3. We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.
  4. AUTHOR'S/ARTIST'S MEMO (300-500 words): An artist’s memo is the author/artist's opportunity to contextualize or explain the submission in relation to autoethnography; it answers the questions  “How is this work autoethnographic, and what cultural issue(s) is/are being addressed?” Submissions that do not include a clear, detailed memo will not be considered.
  5. Use the form in Submittable to upload two documents: In the first document, please combine the A) nominating letter and B) author bio, and in the second document, please combine the C) submission (or link to the submission) and the D) author's or artist's memo
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