The Utopia Project is an art and literature zine, publishing work that uses its creative voice to speak to the political realities that we face, as individuals and communities. We encourage submissions from unpublished/emerging artists and those from under-represented backgrounds in the arts.
We accept submissions of artwork, poetry, and prose. Each issue’s theme is based on a quote (see below). You may use this as a prompt to create new work, or submit work you already have that touches on the same ideas. In your email, please include the name you would like to be published under, a brief author’s bio (100 words max.), and your contact details. Please read through the terms and conditions before submission.
All work should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are currently close.
We are open to works of any style, whether structured or free-verse. You may submit up to five poems of no more than 60 lines per poem. Work should be submitted in PDF format. Please include ‘Poetry submission‘ in the subject line. We are open to submissions of poetry that are not in English but we request that you provide an English translation to go alongside.
We accept entries of artwork of any medium. Images of work should be submitted in JPEG or PNG format. Please include ‘Artwork submission’ in the subject line and leave a title for your submitted work and a brief description .
We accept both short stories and creative non-fiction. There is a word limit of 2500 words for prose submissions. Work should be submitted in PDF format. Please include ‘Prose submission’ in the subject line. Submissions for prose must be written in English.
As writers, artists, activists, we are constantly imagining and re-imagining what the future holds. It is not enough that we critique the contemporary, we must put forward a vision of what a better reality looks like. The basis for our second issue is this quote taken from Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of everyday, that talks about our role as creatives and on the importance of reinventing the day-to-day. We want you to interpret this quote as you see fit and send us work that speaks to the themes it puts forward.
‘There are writers who have allowed their imagination to be stimulated by what is possible. They have dreamed; they have ‘looked into the future’. And what have they seen? Fabulous palaces, buildings, entire cities, devoted to pleasure, cosmic excursions. How many of them have tried to picture what would be in store for everyday life, if bit by bit it were to be raised to the level of what modern technology and science allows. If wealth and power were no longer outside of the community; if those cancerous monstrosities, art for art’s sake, thought for thought’s sake, power for the sake of power over men, were to disappear?’Lefebvre, H. (2014) Critique of everyday life: the one volume edition, Verso Books: London, p.266.