20 Years CRASSH Online Publication | Open Call

Open Call for Essays, Fiction and Poetry


20 Years CRASSH: Online Publication

Theme: Global Conversations

We are excited to announce a call for submissions for a CRASSH Online Publication, which will be published in June 2021. The open call and publication are part of CRASSH’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

As CRASSH turns 20, our celebrations focus on ‘Global Conversations’. We are hosting a series of connected competitions throughout 2021, including a film festival and an online art exhibition. This open call for writing shares the same central themes, but explored through essays, poetry and fiction. Winning entries will be presented in a curated online publication released in June 2021. 

Submissions are welcome for all types of written work suitable for publishing online, interpreting the theme of 'Global Conversations' in its broadest sense.

With this competition, we hope that you will explore the broadest reaches of ‘Global Conversations’. We are looking for entries that are thoughtful, accessible and maybe even personal. Subjects that you could consider include the global nature of academia, changes to how we have international conversations over time, the idea of global citizenship in changing political climes, reflections on decolonisation efforts inside and outside the university, the joy of global connectivity and the potential pitfalls a new, constantly conversing world may bring. 

Entries should be submitted in an accessible format (word document) and take the form of either a short essay, a piece of short prose fiction, or a poem. The word-count including footnotes should be no more than 3000 words.


Selection panel:

  • Steven Connor (Author and Director of CRASSH)
  • Melissa Calaresu (Lecturer Faculty of History and Gonville and Caius College, Management Committee, CRASSH)
  • Ali Smith CBE FRSL (Author, Playwright, Academic and Journalist)
  • Mina Gorji (Author, Lecturer at the Faculty of English and Fellow of Pembroke College)


Competition details:

  • Theme: Global Conversations
  • Cost of submissions: free
  • Fill in a separate form for each submission, a maximum of 3 submissions per author.
  • Format: Word Document or equivalent.
  • Maximum 3000 words including footnotes.
  • Deadline for submissions: 16 May 2021
  • Entrants will be advised if their work has been selected by 6 June 2021.
  • Online publication: June 2021
  • CRASSH will not be able to provide feedback on submissions prior to selection, nor reasons for rejection.


Submission is via Google form. Please complete a new form for each submission. 
Please note: Submissions work best via Google Chrome.
For any questions, please contact enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk.











Terms and Conditions

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge retains the right to use excerpts of any submissions to promote the competition online, or the anniversary celebrations more widely. 

The submitter must have the legal authority to submit the work. By submitting, the submitter confirms that the work is theirs and that they have all the necessary rights for sharing in this way.

By submitting their work all entrants are deemed to have read and agreed to the rules and regulations governing the competition. In the event of any disagreement, the interpretation of the CRASSH selection panel will take precedence.

All entries will be anonymised prior to selection.

CRASSH reserves the right to withdraw selected works from the competition.

It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure the correct contact email address is supplied.

Successful entries will be formatted by our team for inclusion in a forthcoming online publication and blog posts.

By entering this competition, you are consenting for your work to be included in this publication, other online, digital and print media, on our websites and social media and other possible communication platforms, at any time.

GDPR: No personal details of competition participant will remain with CRASSH after the publication date.

Participants included in the anniversary publication have the right to ask for their work to be removed from the publication at any time by contacting CRASSH.


Submission is via Google form. Please complete a new form for each submission. 
Please note: Submissions work best via Google Chrome.
For any questions, please contact enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk.