The Isis HT21: Memento

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In longing for things past, memory can be imperfect. Join us for a whistle stop tour of aesthetics and ideas from our past. With the International Typographic Style, deep-dives into our own archives, and engagement with older forms and traditions, we want to explore what it means to reinvent histories – to build something new from the old.

This will be a memento of our past, present, and future. After all, The Isis “can be something of a crystal ball” (‘Editorial’, The Outskirts Issue, The Isis Magazine, TT11).

Remember that the theme is a creative guide – your pitch does not need to conform to it. Any student from any university is welcome to pitch. Our previous magazine editions can be found here.

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All pitches are anonymised before review.

Don’t think your best work fits our theme? Pitch anyway – we’ll find a place for it…

Don’t think your work’s much good? We’re sure it probably is… No harm sending it our way.


There is no ‘Isis writer’ – anyone can submit, anyone can be published. We are committed to bringing out the best in between experienced and new authors alike and encourage everyone to submit, whether they have experience or not, whether they’ve submitted before or not, whether they know people on the team or not. We want to publish content which represents the extraordinary diversity our University has to offer – so look forward to hearing what you have to say.

A few guidelines are below:

  • Use the form below to submit a pitch to us
  • The ‘peak’ pitching period for HT22 has been closed but this does not mean you can no longer submit – off-peak pitches are reviewed once every week by the Senior Editorial Team
  • As well as fully formed submissions, we welcome original pitches our editorial team will help you to shape your piece. For pitches where the piece has not yet been written, please provide as detailed a plan as possible, as well as an up-to-date sample of your previous work in the genre if you have one. We don’t just want to know what you’re going to say we want to know how you’re going to say it
  • If you are pitching non-fiction content, please remember that we are not a news site. We look for previously unpublished content that is, above all, a compelling and original read
  • Our best articles vary in their focus and nature. The best way to see what an Isis piece might look like is to have a browse of our website. You will soon realise that our scope is endless the key is just to ensure that your words will have relevance beyond the 24 hours news cycle. If you seek to write an opinion piece on current affairs, make sure you add a new perspective to the debate
  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information in the body of your pitch. If emailing a file, .docx and Google Drive formats are preferred over .pages, .odt, .pdf etc.
  • If you are pitching a poem or short story, it is especially important that you include an entire draft of your work in your pitch
  • Outside of the magazine pitching period, if you do not hear back about your pitch within two weeks, please contact us at [email protected]
  • If your pitch has been rejected before or after undergoing the editing process, we are happy to provide feedback upon request at [email protected] Please do not let this dissuade you from pitching again – some of our best work comes from authors whose previous submissions didn’t make it to publication!
  • If you are a member of The Isis team, please pitch under a pseudonym as we wish all work to be edited fairly and impartially during the term.
  • As ever, if you have an idea but are unsure about how to develop it, pitch it to us anyway – we can help with the development. Do also contact us on [email protected] if you have any other questions.

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