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2HB vol26 - call for proposals

The next deadline for 2HB submissions is Thursday 26th January 2023 at 5pm.


After a few years on hiatus during the pandemic, CCA is pleased to be re-establishing 2HB in 2023 as a twice-yearly publication dedicated to creative and experimental writing in contemporary art, edited by the CCA Programme Team.

Following the publication of 25 issues in its current format, 2HB is back, working in tandem with our sister publication Small Black Reptile on CCA Annex which has a specific focus on critical writing.

2HB’s selection process focuses on creative writing or fiction with a critical awareness of visual art. A journal for experimental art writing, 2HB facilitates a discursive space for writing in contemporary art practice and creates a platform for artists, writers and theorists to realise work that might not otherwise be published. Since this call for proposals is for a single volume, and with the absence of a particular theme, submissions may be kept and considered for future volumes.

Proposals for works are sought for the next issue, which will be launched at CCA this coming spring. As a guideline, we typically pay a fee of £450 for 1500-3000 words though this is not prescriptive and the fee will vary for longer pieces. We ask that prospective proposals are submitted as PDF’s of no more than 5 pages long. We are happy to accept all forms of written proposal and can also contain excerpts from previous works (published or unpublished) as well as links to work online.

We encourage you to take a look at previous 2HB volumes to get a sense of what has been previously published. If you would like to purchase copies of previous editions, please contact the CCA Box Office or have a look at Good Press, Aye Aye Books and Motto Distribution.

Applications from artists based in Scotland will be prioritised. The overall selection across all 2HB volumes aims to find a balance in gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, artistic content, contemporary discourse and media. We particularly encourage applications from POC artists, those with disabilities, long-term health conditions, from lower socio-economic backgrounds or other marginalised positions.

We have set aside a separate budget to account for accessibility requirements. We are not prescriptive about what this might entail, though with regard to 2HB, this would likely be related to childcare and translation. Feel free to send us an access rider, attached as a PDF via the online form or sent to us directly via the submissions email. Helpful guidance is given here via Access Docs for Artists on how to put an access rider together.

To submit a proposal:

Please use the online form using the link below, if you have any issues uploading PDFs to the form please email them to

CCA 2HB - Submission Form


Application Deadline

26 Jan 2023


As a guideline, we typically pay a fee of £450 for 1500-3000 words though this is not prescriptive and the fee will vary for longer pieces.


Access budget