Call for Papers

Announced 08/08/2019

The Songwriting Studies Journal Issue #1

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Songwriting Studies journal. This initiative emerges from the AHRC-funded Songwriting Studies Research Network based at Birmingham City University and the University of Liverpool. Since launching our series of national research events we’ve become increasingly aware of the diversity of scholarly work that intersects with songwriting. The network now seeks contributions from scholars for an inaugural issue of the journal that will help define the emerging interdisciplinary field of songwriting studies.

This call is intended to be inclusive of a broad range of perspectives. We are open to any theoretical or methodological approach, however we would particularly welcome submissions that focus on the relationship between songwriting and one or more of the following themes:

  • Professional practice and reflexivity
  • Collaboration and craft
  • Structures, forms and narratives
  • Production cultures and histories
  • Technology and industry infrastructures
  • Education, social change, and wellbeing

Please include your name, a short bio, institution or association (if applicable) and contact email. All abstracts submitted to will be considered by the editorial panel and invited contributions will be peer reviewed before publication.

  • Deadline for 300-word abstracts: 20 October, 2019.
  • Full draft submissions of 4-6000 words for peer-review will be required by 15 March, 2020.
  • Final submissions will be required by 26 July, 2020.

Please send your abstract and bio to:

Please note: The Songwriting Studies Journal shall be entitled to first use of the contribution in all the journal’s different forms, but the author remains the copyright owner and can re-publish their contribution without seeking the journal’s permission. We reserve the right to decline to publish contributions if they are submitted after agreed deadlines, or do not adequately address the comments of editors or peer reviewers. All content must be owned by the contributor or be used with the permission of the copyright owner.