The Lit Collective Student Blog
Welcome to our brand new student blog!
TLC have teamed up with the University of Sheffield to set up an Arts & Culture blog – open to all womxn of colour working or studying at the University. We believe that more spaces need to be created that platform our critical and creative excellence and with this blog we aim to do just that. We want your reflections on literature, film, music, art, TV and other cultural media, as well as your short stories, poems and experimental writing!
To help get the creative juices flowing, we will announce a new theme every six weeks for you to respond to. Successful submissions will be edited by a team of postgraduates and academics, all womxn of colour, and then uploaded to this website.
Our first theme is BEGINNINGS. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd December 2020.
Word Count: 500-1500 words for essays and short stories. No word count for poetry.
We do not want to be too prescriptive about style. It is our view that each person has a unique voice and we do not want to inhibit creative expression. Below are some general guidelines that will help with formatting, as well as some other prompts to help avoid reinforcing stereotypes and other oppressive mechanisms.
- Reference cited secondary sources using MHRA method. See here for further instruction: https://librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/Assets/pdfs/referencing/mhra-footnotes.pdf
- Capitalise “Black” when referring to someone’s identity, but leave it in lower-case when providing a physical description
- Provide content warnings (at the beginning of an essay) if engaging with sensitive topics
- Use accent marks whenever possible (i.e. déjà vu)
- Provide the correct pronouns when referring to an individual’s gender. If you are unsure of the correct pronouns, use ‘they’.
- We use “womxn” when referencing all those who are discriminated on the gender spectrum (i.e. non binary people as well). Be mindful of when “women” or “womxn” is most appropriate.