Undergraduate Journal

Hardwire: The Undergraduate Journal of Sexual Diversity Studies is a medium for undergraduate students at the University of Toronto to publish and showcase their writing. Hardwire grew out of The Sexual Diversity Studies Undergraduate Journal, which was founded in 2006 to showcase scholarly work by undergraduates in the field of sexual diversity. After a few years’ hiatus, the journal returned with its second issue in 2019.

Hardwire is an interdisciplinary journal centered around the critical analysis of human sexuality. We centre queer, intersectional, critical race, decolonial, and feminist analyses, and seek to dismantle heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, colonization, and other systems of oppression through our work.

We strive to create an alternate academic space which highlights the voices of queer + BIPOC students and interjects vital perspectives into academia. We also challenge the confines of what is viewed as academic by publishing a range of mediums within our academic journal, including creative pieces. Work from students of all programs and disciplines is welcome, as Hardwire wishes to expand and challenge how we view sexuality and the many ways in which it is at play within our lives.

Hardwire is entirely run by undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Currently, the editorial board of Hardwire is made up of eighteen editors stemming from multiple programs of study.

For more information about Hardwire or to ask any questions, email us at hardwirejournal@gmail.com

Call for Submissions

Hardwire: The Undergraduate Journal of Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto has opened submissions for academic and creative submissions for our 2021-2022 issue! We are looking for pieces from any discipline which actively engage in the dimensions of sexuality. We encourage academic pieces, creative pieces, and pieces that incorporate academic and creative elements. We are open to creative submissions of all formats and genres, including audio-visual submissions that require online display or other mediums not traditionally found in academic journals. Work from students of all programs and disciplines is welcome and encouraged.
Submissions must:

●  Be of high quality – all pieces will undergo an editing process, but we encourage authors to submit polished pieces.

  • Visual submissions are preferred in .png format and must be submitted in 300dpi resolution, 8.5×11 in. minimum for full-spread images.

●  Be original, previously unpublished work written by current undergraduates at or recent graduates from U of T.

●  Include an abstract with academic pieces.

●  Include a short artist statement explaining the intent of the piece with creative pieces.

●  Be submitted before 11:59pm EST on Friday, January 14th, 2022, at bit.ly/hardwire5

You may submit multiple submissions. Authors will be notified in January whether their piece has been selected for publication. The pieces selected will undergo an editing process during which the authors will collaborate with the Hardwire editorial team to prepare their work for publication.

We are also looking for an art piece to be the cover art for the journal. If you would like your piece to be considered for cover art, please attach a high-quality image and specify this in the application form.


If you have any questions about whether your piece is suitable for Hardwire or for general inquiries, please do not hesitate to ask us at hardwirejournal@gmail.com.

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