At Notion we wish to return philosophy to its pluralistic nature. Throughout history philosophy, and philosophical ideas and arguments, have been expressed in forms other than the written essay. It is for this reason that we encourage new and novel ways of expressing philosophy: poetry, short stories, visual art; all these we wish to return to the fold of what is considered ‘good philosophy’. The written essay has, after all, become rather lonesome.

We encourage everyone, no matter what your experience or discipline is, to contribute. The journal is student led, demonstrating the talent of our undergraduates here at the University of Exeter. However, we are also happy to include guest submissions from undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers from both within and without the University of Exeter in order to inspire our students. Notion is as much about learning and nurturing talent as it is showcasing hidden philosophical gems.

Where to Submit

If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit and would like to discuss it, feel free to email the Director ( or drop by the next Philosophy & Wine evening, where he will be happy to have a chat. Alternatively, finished pieces can be sent to:


Submission Criteria

We aim for the range of submissions to be as broad as possible in order to reflect philosophy’s pluralistic nature, and also to allow students who don’t have a background in philosophical essay writing to contribute. Some submissions could include pieces of art, photography, poetry, short stories, book and film reviews as well as essays and articles. You need not be restricted to Analytic Philosophy or, indeed, Western Philosophy at all. In fact, we encourage you not to be!

Essays and articles should be between 1,500 and 3000 words (excluding references and bibliographies, but including any notes).

We do ask that more abstract pieces such as art and photography are accompanied by a commentary about the piece, approximately 500 words, highlighting the artistic process and the philosophical questions and/or answers raised. You can also do this for poetry and short stories if you wish.

Short stories should be between 1000 and 2500 words, accompanied by a similar commentary delineated above.

All submissions in written form must be submitted as either a Word document or Adobe PDF. Those of a more visual form must be submitted either in a scanned or photographed format (if applicable).

Lastly, we also ask that all pieces are accompanied, where appropriate, with an accurate list of references or a bibliography in either the Chicago or Harvard style. A good guide for Chicago referencing can be found here. Likewise, a guide for Harvard style can be found here.


Do you have a plan for an essay but it’s much bigger than our accepted word limit? Or a series of linked essays? How about an idea for a regular column?

A Feature is an extended project broken up into segments for publication over a period of time. For instance, you might have an 8000 word essay that is simply far too big for our regular submission criteria, so we agree on a plan to divide the essay up into chapters and publish over a period of time. Other ideas may include a regular piece on philosophy and the news, several acts of a screenplay you have written, or a series of artistic pieces.

 Please submit your application to:

Be sure to include the following:

  • Your name and current level of qualification/education.
  • A summary of the project overall and each individual piece.
  • Word counts for the project overall and individual pieces.
  • A proposed time-frame (when each thing will be submitted to us).
  • Any information you feel relevant to the project.




Applications may be subject to revision and editing before they are published online so as to optimize them for the website. In some cases we may decline an application. We will try our best to provide feedback if this is the case but, depending on the number of applications we are handling, this might not always be possible.



By submitting, you retain copyright of your work, but you license NOTION to publish your work electronically on our website, and physically in printed editions. You also agree to credit NOTION as the original place of publication if your submission is later included anywhere else.