Axon: Creative Explorations publishes work on and of contemporary creativity, poetry, images and design. The journal of the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra, it 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
  • poetics and poetry, and
  • the cultural contexts and theoretical frameworks informing creative practice.

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

NB: Axon does not accept unsolicited poetry, and the editors are not in a position to read unsolicited poems.  

Many scholars and creative practitioners have tested out the boundaries between writing and drawing, text and image, abstract thought and material actuality, finding instances where those apparently divided by form have found ways to converse, or even to cohabit. Wallace Stevens, for instance, urges poets (and other artists) to aim for: “Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself” (1983: 565). Francis Ponge uses abstract language to remind us about the thingliness of things, saying: “there is in the orange a yearning to recover its content after having been subjected to the ordeal of squeezing” (1972: 36–37). Stevens, the poet of ideas, and Ponge, the poet of things, both prompt us to construct bridges capable of traversing the boundaries between word and object, ideas about the thing and the thing itself.

We are interested in receiving papers, photo essays, interviews, and creative works that address both the breach, and the connections, between text and image: between the material and the poetic. We are interested too in submissions that consider how material poetics might go beyond mere quotidian meaning to achieve a deepened, kinaesthetic experience of the world, one that brings into the poetic present the worlds of objects and emotions. 

We invite writers, artists, philosophers and fellow travelers to submit papers (visual, verbal, or both; poetical, theoretical, or both) that explore, examine and elucidate the concept of materiality. 

Relevant dates:

  • 24 December 2017: Papers submitted for peer review process
  • 28 February 2018: Peer review reports returned to contributors
  • 31 May 2018: Final papers submitted to Axon for editing

How to submit:

  • Submit your work as docx or jpg; or contact with queries about other modes;
  • Works should be between 500 and 6,000 words; or up to 12 images (editors will select 8 to 10, in consultation with the author); 
  • Include an abstract (max 200 words); bio note (max 150 words); up to 5 keywords; and creative works should be accompanied by a 250-word artist/research statement that contextualises the submission. 

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, and acquaint yourself with the focus and content of previous issues;
• Read information about the journal and the submission and review process at;
• 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.