Book XI :a Journal of Literary Philosophy

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Book XI is a journal dedicated to publishing personal essays, memoir, fiction, science fiction, humor, and poetry with philosophical themes. The journal is on-line, and will appear twice a year. Book XI is housed at Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Center for Public Affairs.


We will consider only previously unpublished and philosophically informed creative work (though our understanding of “philosophically informed” is capacious). Please submit only one prose manuscript for each issue (you may submit up to 5 poems for each issue; please submit them as one document). All submissions should be made through Submittable. There is no submission fee. 

We will pay $200 for each piece that we publish (or $50 for each poem we publish). 

We are generally looking for pieces that are between 2,000 and 7,000 words, though we will happily consider submissions that are shorter or longer than this. However, please do not submit any work that is more than 10,000 words.

We realize that you might also want to submit the same manuscript to other literary journals. If you do, please include a note to that effect in the cover letter you include with your submission and notify us immediately if the piece(s) you sent to us is(are) accepted for publication by another magazine or journal.

We are presently looking for submissions for our fourth issue; we will be putting out new calls for our 2020 issues in December 2019.

Our third issue will focus on fiction/short stories and our fourth issue will be dedicated to philosophical/creative work that focuses on a material object (eg. a piece of wax, a chair). The submission deadline for our fourth issue is:

Meditation/reflection on a material object: please submit by December 31, 2019.

If you have questions about the journal, you can contact:

Marianne Janack

John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy

Director, Arthur Levitt Center for Public Affairs

Hamilton College

198 College Hill Rd.

Clinton, NY 13323                        

Book XI :a Journal of Literary Philosophy