Axon: Creative Explorations, the journal of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra, is named for the axon, the primary point of transmission within the nervous system and the means of communication between neurons. 

Axon: Creative Explorations is an international, open access, peer reviewed journal that publishes works that express or are about creativity and the creative process, including:

  • the methods and techniques of artists and other creative professionals
  • approaches to creative-led research and the theorisation of creative practice
  • the ways in which creative works are made and function
  • creative interventions and explorations of contemporary matters of concern
  • poetics and poetry, and
  • the cultural contexts and theoretical frameworks informing creative practice.

NB: Axon does not accept unsolicited poetry, and the editors will not read unsolicited poems. 

Axon publishes two general issues a year, and occasional special or capsule issues. 


The second issue of Axon for 2021 will be guest edited by Ursula Frederick, Tracy Ireland, Monica Andrew and Kerry Martin. The title and theme of this issue is ‘On the Mend’ and we are inviting submissions that address the topics of care, repair, breakage and their entanglement.

There has been a growing creative interest and scholarly engagement with practices and frameworks of care and repair and their real and implied relationship to breakage and acts of restoration. While not specifically directed at the year that was 2020, there are many ways in which the worlds in which we now live might be in need of mending. And how might we envisage recovery? We are calling for a broad interpretation of the theme and submissions which explore, challenge and respond in a multitude of ways. Points for consideration may include but are not limited to the following:

  • care as an act of intervention in landscape, ecology, and place-making
  • creative arts and writing around mending as making
  • practices and perspectives of health humanities and heritage
  • specific examples of care, repair from culturally and methodologically diverse contexts
  • attentiveness, attunement, contemplation and slow going as practices of care
  • repair cultures and related dynamics of damage, failure and breakage
  • geographies and ecologies of damage, rejuvenation, restoration and conservation in landscapes, spaces and places
  • old wounds, new wounds, survival, reconciliation
  • the reparative potential in acts of undoing, eg decolonial methods, counter-mapping, etc
  • the role of creative practice in reflecting and responding to broken, failing and ruined elements of contemporary worlds
  • intended vs unintended breaks, hacks, and acts of undoing and reinvention
  • ecological, social and material practices of mending and fixing
  • the influence and impact of philosophies, politics and economies of repair and breakage, e.g. planned obsolescence, DIY hacks and workarounds, voiding warranty, etc.
  • case studies in how care, repair and breakage are perceived, represented and valued
  • the capacity of creativity and creative engagements to intervene in and help remedy individual and collective crises
  • intersections in sustainability, care, remediation and well-being

For this issue, we are inviting submissions of:

  • scholarly essay up to 6,000 words
  • photo essays incorporating a contextualising statement of up to 1000 words (send up to 12 images, and the editors will make a selection from those images)
  • creative essay incorporating images, sound, poetry, short fictional prose up to 4000 words; attach a contextualising statement of up to 750 words

Please feel free to contact Ursula Frederick (ursula.frederick@canberra.edu.au) with any queries, or to discuss suggested contributions.

Please DO NOT submit poems to this issue

This issue of the Axon journal investigates ways in which contemporary poetry speculates about the world, modes of being, reality, creativity, writing itself and ways of understanding the quotidian. We are NOT looking for poems or poetic forms of speculative fiction. Please submit academic papers that explore and relate to:

• ways in which poetic expression and form may be said to speculate;

• how poetry conjectures about the nature of reality and/or being;

• ways in which poetry posits that certain things or situations are the case, even when this may not be literally true;

• how poetry makes use of the fantastic or invokes ideas of wonder;

• how poetry critiques common sense assumptions through invoking or suggesting alternatives;

• how poetry hypothesises about ‘alternative realities’;

• how poetry constitutes a form of conjecture or postulation;

• ways in which poetry engages in imaginative forms of theorisation;

• poetry as surmise;

• poetry as a way of thinking ahead;

• poetry’s employment of unlikely notions and ideas;

• poetry as a form of surmise.


What we would like from contributors:

1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by Monday 8 February 2021.

2. If your abstract is accepted (we will notify you by Friday 22 February 2021), a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words should be submitted by Monday 24 May 2021.

The editors of this issue of Axon: Creative Explorations journal are Professor Paul Hetherington and Professor Jen Webb.


Dear writers, I broadcast the wrong submittable url for Issue 2 of Axon this year, "On the Mend". So I've reactivated this one to ensure you don't receive a not-available response. 

Feel free to add your submission here, or to go over to the main On the Mend log-in; or email Ursula.Frederick@canberra.edu.au

with apologies from a confused web administrator!


Submissions are invited on a continuing basis to Axon: Creative Explorations.

What to submit:

Submissions of articles, essays, interviews, papers and photo essays are welcome. The editors also welcome submission of creative work, other than poems, when accompanied by a 250-word statement that indicates the research aspects of the creative piece. Expected length of submissions is between 500 and 6,000 words, as appropriate to the form. 

  • All poetry published in Axon will be solicited by the journal’s editors. Unsolicited contributions of poetry will not be read or acknowledged.


How to submit:

• Visit the journal website at http://axonjournal.com.au, and acquaint yourself with the focus and content of previous issues;

• Read information about the journal and the submission and review process at http://axonjournal.com.au/contribute;

• Upload your submission, along with an abstract (max 200 words), a biographical note (max 150 words), your institutional affiliation (if relevant), up to 5 keywords and, for photo essays and other creative work, a 250-word research statement. 

Submissions should be between 500 and 6,000 words, depending on the nature of the submission. 


Please contact the editors with any queries about length, form and content. 


Axon: Creative Explorations