What is Notes?
Notes is a student-run journal released fortnightly in Cambridge – we also have a sister publication in Oxford. We publish essays, creative writing, art, photography; anything that involves and would stimulate original thought.
Submissions are open to all; you do not need to be a student, nor do you need to belong either to Oxford or Cambridge. We provide critical feedback on every submission.
If you would like to contact with general queries, questions about sponsorship or collaborations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why was Notes started?
Jamie Patel, Laurie Lewis and Nick Hitchcock started Notes back in 2012 with the ambition of creating a platform of expression within and across universities and to give contributors the opportunity to contribute to a distinctly inter-disciplinary journal. We like to think that today we still work quite true to this original goal! It doesn’t at all matter to us if you’ve never submitted work anywhere before, because we find that the critical feedback we give helps many of the artists who submit to us.
Learn more about the current team members here.
What do people think of Notes?
[The annuals] cost £5 but I can promise you they’re worth it. A subscription to the fortnightly magazine, which is always varied and interesting, is also money well spent.
– Lara Ferris, The Tab, on our annual issues
…it is clear that [a] strong sense of community and common interest in pursuing creativity is something which Notes will continue to perpetuate throughout Cambridge.
– Elizabeth Howcroft, Varsity, on our activity in the community
I was pleasantly surprised by an event that turned out to be a welcoming hub of musical and literary creativity.
– Alice French, The Cambridge Student, on our issue launch events
…the team make clear that – though submitting work and being involved in the launches can encourage new friendships, develop confidence, and instil pride in creativity – the focus of such efforts should not be how others will receive it. Ronan encourages creators: “Being good for someone else to read is only one thing poetry is good for – if it’s doing something for you, it’s doing something good. What’s important is the personal reflective element or the communicative element, that it’s telling someone something.” Anju summarises: “If it makes you feel good, make time for it.”
– Hannah Brown, The Cambridge Student, in an interview with two team members
Recently, the Team was delighted to have been shortlisted in The Stack Awards 2016 for Student Magazine of the Year.
© Notes (Cambridge) 2017. All works are © the individual author.