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Writer and Art Call Spring 2023

KAT Blad 116th edition has a new publication date! It will come out towards the end of May/early June. Thus, we have just enough time to squeeze in a few more fantastic articles to hopefully make the upcoming edition our biggest yet! As you probably already know, here at KAT Blad, we want the final print to be a collaboration that is engaging and informative, and we are sure that is exactly what you all will bring to the table!


While much is the same as our last call, here is an updated blog with the deadlines for the second writers and art call of KAT Blad #116. We can’t wait to put this edition together with your submissions!


Here are some quick links so you can jump to the information you are most interested in:


Information for writers:

As always, let’s get a few practicalities out of the way…

Who can write?

Any UvA students are welcome to write for us, not just those in linguistics! All you need is a passion for language :)


When is the deadline?

The deadline for article submissions is Sunday, April 16th. Feel free to send in drafts before the deadline as well! (The earlier you send them, the quicker we can get them finalized 😅)


Is there a word limit?

Nope! Typically submissions are only a few pages long (usually under five pages) however this is not a hard limit. Both short and long submissions are welcome :)


Can I include other media with my article?

Yes! If your article inspires you to create an illustration or an image to complement it, we would love to include those as well. (Also read further in this blog regarding the art call for this edition.) Since we are publishing online, we have the opportunity to add additional resources to the digital edition, such as audio files and videos. You can decide to include additional media with your work at any time during the process, so no need to have it all figured out when you submit your initial idea.


What sort of articles can I write?

For the upcoming edition, there is no particular theme in place. We want you to have the freedom and flexibility to write about whatever language or linguistics related topic your heart desires. This will ensure that in the final product, every reader can find something that is exactly right for them!


In the past we have published articles about…

  • Past and ongoing research conducted by staff and students at UvA

  • Developments in the field of linguistics

  • Language communities

  • Features of a particular language

  • Interviews with Staff and Students

  • Language or linguistics in pop culture/ media/ gaming

  • Language contact

  • And much more!

For specific topics you can write about literally any language or field in linguistics! For example..

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Phonetics & Phonology

  • Syntax

  • Semantics

  • Forensic Linguistics

  • Language & Technology

  • Historical Linguistics

  • Language & Cognition

  • Language Education

  • Language Acquisition

  • Argumentation

  • Sign languages

  • Multilingualism

  • And much more!

Get creative and show us what you are passionate about! Don’t be afraid to write something nerdy! On the other hand, also feel free to write something more casual. If you need help with an idea or want some inspiration, you can get in touch with us or check out our previous editions on our website.


Don’t be afraid to get recognition for work you’ve already done! We also accept

  • Thesis abstracts and popular papers

  • Short papers you’ve written for your classes

  • Summaries of research project/proposals you’ve created for class


I want to submit an article! What should I do?

We are so glad you want to write for KAT Blad! Please get in touch with us via social media (Instagram or Facebook: @katblad) or email us at katblad.uva@gmail.com to let us know and tell us more about your ideas! You don’t need to come to us with a finished article right away (though if you happen to have one done, that’s great too!), you can just send us the topic or the idea and send the draft later on before the deadline. We do ask that you let us know you are working on something so we have an idea of how many writers we have for the upcoming magazine.


What if I have an idea for a great piece but I’m not sure how to organise my ideas or where to start?

Whether writing for a course or for fun, writer’s block is real. That’s why we want to provide writing support so you can make your vision come to life. We are always here to give feedback and would be more than happy to schedule a time to help you with the writing process. Just get in touch and together we can publish the best version of your work!


We hope this makes the process clearer and motivates you to pick up the pen - or open your laptop! Feel free to reach out at any time with questions or to chat about your ideas.


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Information for artists:

Even though we are all passionate about language, writing may not be the most appealing thing for you (given the amount of writing we already have to do, this is completely understandable!). So we want you to have the opportunity to express yourself from an artistic perspective as well. The magazine would not be complete without some visuals anyway! In true KAT Blad fashion, we want the magazine to include work done by the readers; so in this case, you! We are looking for illustrations, photos, and any other visual elements we can include in this edition!


Let’s get a few more practicalities out of the way…

Who can create art for KAT Blad?

Any UvA students are welcome to create for us, not just those in linguistics! All you need is a passion for language :)


When is the deadline?

We would like art pieces by Sunday, April 30th.


In what form should the art be?

Your art can be physical or digital! You can also submit a variety of art from drawings, to photos, to sculptures!


What should the art be about?

We want you to have artistic freedom when it comes to submissions! As with the writers’ call, we are looking for art that is about linguistics or languages in general. Our main prompt is: How can you represent language/linguistics via art or photography? This can be about a number of different topics within linguistics, about a particular language or language phenomenon, or about how you visualise language. We know this is quite abstract, but we just want to see how language inspires you! You can also submit art related to Linguistics at the UvA (such as of our lovely home base, P.C. Hoofthuis).


Check out our previous edition to see what our artists did last year!


Some ideas include (but are certainly not limited to!)...

  • Calligraphy

  • Representing abstract linguistic concepts (i.e. sounds)

  • The social aspects of speech: Interactions, people in conversation

  • Illustrating physical aspects of language: Sign languages, Parts of the ear/vocal tract

  • Things specific to Linguistics at UvA (i.e. PCH)

  • Language use in Amsterdam (linguistic landscapes!)


If you want to work on this project but don’t have a theme in mind, you can also choose to illustrate one of the many interesting articles included in the current issue! Please reach out and let us know if this is the case so we can pair you with an article.


For photos you can also do an article based around a photo series --> for an example see Encoding Signs From the Past: Šifrovanje Znakova iz Prošlosti by Sofia Lee in KAT Blad #115


I want to submit my artwork! What should I do?

We are very happy that you have decided to help us make this issue aesthetically pleasing! To share your ideas and submit the final piece, please get in touch with us via social media (Instagram or Facebook: @katblad) or email us at katblad.uva@gmail.com. You don’t have to submit a finalised piece right now (although if that is the case, even better!) so get in touch to discuss your ideas and let us know you want to create for us. The deadline is April 30th, so make sure you start in time!


We hope you are inspired after reading this and can’t wait to get art-ing! Show us how you see language or help one of our writers’ work come to life. Hopefully, this blog makes the submission process clear, but if not, feel free to reach out at any point! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Till next time :)

The KAT Blad Team



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