The Writing Project

Pandemic as Systemic Flux

Changes and their unfolding consequences across human and non-human systems

Hosted by Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice

The writing project

Critical times need new ways of responding. This writing project is such a response to this pandemic era. Our writings can re-create community and help us all make sense of how our worlds are changing. In Stage One of this project, we are asking for contributions from systemic people and from across transdisciplinary communities to join different perspectives and create new connections. We need writings from the heart, from the kitchen table, top of the moor or inside the care home. We all have tales to share about people, our work, our lives, our many different selves. How time has changed. How numbers are overwhelming and confusing. How we are looking after ourselves and others. What do we make of control epistemologies or unsafe uncertainty now? Let’s write.

Systemic Flux

Systemic flux is a term we are using to draw attention to emergent processes with many kinds of relational consequences. Different shape-changing systemic and relational processes are affecting – and being affected by – human and non-human lives/materials, ideas, narratives and values. These movements can unfold at a snail’s pace or in a lightning flash. As systemic or relationally attuned people, we are well-placed to capture our observations and use writing as a similar form of flux in shaping and reshaping our ideas and noticings for ourselves and others to learn from.

As many writings from this Writing Project as possible will be published as part of a rolling writing project, “Pandemic as Systemic Flux” by Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice.


  • Creative Non-Fiction and Fictionalised Realities. (Up to 5000 words)
  • Flash Tales. An entire story (Up to 1000 words)
  • Peer reviewed papers (up to 7500 words). See website for guidance.
  • Poetry
  • Images
  • Videos


Writings must address the theme Pandemic as Systemic Flux.

The maximum word counts are fixed. This includes your title, any introduction, footnotes, acknowledgements, references, photo attributions etc.

Writings must be entirely your own original work and not previously published elsewhere including on websites. Co-authorship is permitted.

Writings should be submitted only to this Murmurations journal Pandemic as Systemic Flux writing project and not submitted elsewhere.

Writings must be in English with British English spelling please.

For an international readership, please explain any local political and healthcare etc. contexts and write all acronyms and abbreviations in full throughout.

All professional terms and jargon must be understandable to a wider audience.

Our editorial standards respect the diversity and dignity of our audience. Writings are only accepted which demonstrate respect for others, which do not identify real people in ways which compromise their privacy or wellbeing, or the quality standards or security of Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice.

No commercial or sponsored posts will be considered (i.e., any post intended to sell something or for which you are compensated).

Any copyright or intellectual property rights infringements will result in exclusion of the submission.


Rolling submissions. New uploads each month.

By sending us your writing, you are agreeing to the publication of the writing in Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice and on the website.

Submission is by email to with The Writing Project and which category in the subject line.

Please send your writings as separate Word documents.

This writing project is sponsored by Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice. Murmurations is a free open-access peer-reviewed journal online at

The drawing of murmurations on the Murmurations journal and Pandemic as Systemic Flux websites are by one of our Deputy Editors, Dr Liz Day.

Watch this space:

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