Guidance for contributors

The journal

New Gestalt Voices is a platform to support mostly, but not exclusively, those who have not published before to share their writings in relation to gestalt therapy and other applications of gestalt practice. We also plan to enable sharing of other forms of creativity via this dedicated web-space, including images and audiovisual material. In addition, we will be publishing a twice yearly e-journal in PDF format.

The first issue of the journal is scheduled for July 2017, with a second planned for January 2018. These editions will work on a free subscription basis with dissemination via all gestalt teaching institutions and the major associations. We welcome contributions in any language, and will endeavour to facilitate translation into English where we can.

If you have any questions about whether you can write for New Gestalt Voices, the answer is very probably, yes, you can! Most people we know who want to write report going through a process of self-doubting as well as a lot of excitement. You are the reason that we are here, and there’s a lot of support available, so if you have an interest in sharing your creative energy please do get in touch.


Aspirations

Our aspirations for New Gestalt Voices are conveyed by the reasons we set it up. The current written field of gestalt is dominated by a small number of voices relative to the size of the profession. Although barriers to new writers may be as much perceptual as actual, and indeed there is much that the current gestalt publications are doing to support new writers, the narrowness of the field fosters a sense that gestalt writing is mostly for the already established.

This has a number of consequences. One is a lack of opportunity for new writers to practise and hone their style. Another is that we are limiting opportunities for the development of new ground within the profession by not doing more to enable people who are new to the profession to write. A third is an absence of open dialogue between new entrants and our more experienced compatriots, with attendant fixed gestalts left unchallenged around hierarchy and status. For example, there is a belief, common amongst new gestaltists, that one has to serve one’s time, jump through the required hoops of the training institutions, before one can have anything of worth to say. We hope to change that.


Experiment in breaking down barriers

In response to these dynamics, we conceive New Gestalt Voices as an experiment in breaking down barriers, both perceived and real. Conversations had through the process of putting together the journal have suggested the following as emphases that potential new writers find supportive:



  • Supporting forms of creativity other than writing, including drawings, audiovisual, and mixed media pieces (writing inspired by visual images). We don’t want a fixed format to constrain the outcome.

  • Emphasising the dialogic nature of writing. Sometimes it appears that the written word is reified in comparison with conversational interventions, such that people are put off for fear of having to get it absolutely right before they publish. Instead, we want to emphasise the temporal and situational nature of contribution, akin to an intervention in a process group: “this is my truth as I see it now, it may change in future”. As in process, we are keen to support and enable response, in real time via the website, rather than having to wait for the next edition.

  • We want to provide support and potentially some mentoring over the course of the writing process. We have a number of offers from peers and established gestaltists, and will endeavour where we can to match writers with experts on particular content.

  • Sharing personal content is inevitably a big experience and brings up anxiety. We would like to encourage writers to bring awareness to the process of writing for publication, and particularly to the moment when their writing is put out into the world. We hope to aid reflection and provide support from the student community to help writers find a comfortable level of personal sharing, and ensure there is sufficient support for people wanting to share edgier aspects of their stories and process.

Publication schedule

For the PDF journal we ask that writers stick to the following timetable for submissions:

July 2017 Edition


1-2 page overview of article: January 30, 2017

First draft to editors: March 30, 2017

Final draft to editors: May 30, 2017


January 2018 Edition


1-2 page overview of article: August 10, 2017

First draft to editors: September 30, 2017

Final draft to editors: November 30, 2017



NGV style guide

When submitting articles for publication in the journal or on the blog, it would be appreciated if you could follow our formatting guidelines, which can be downloaded here.

If you’d like to contribute, contact us