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A healthier pace

Making the most of Ancient World Magazine

Ancient World Magazine isn’t going anywhere, but we will be devoting more time to ourselves. As a result, you may notice a bit of a slowdown in our output here.

Written by Josho Brouwers and Matthew Lloyd on

Over the next few weeks, you will notice a slowdown in our output here at Ancient World Magazine. We’ll still be putting out articles from the writers we support through our Patreon, and occasional articles from our regular contributors, as well as running our Early Rome essay contest (get your/your students’ entries in!).

But our overall article production will slow down a bit. Don’t be surprised if a week goes by without a fresh article being added to the website. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is simply this: burnout.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and we here at AWM are no different. As our core team is composed entirely of volunteers – all of whom have demanding jobs as precarious academics or in peri-academic industries – trying to keep up the work on AWM alongside other projects is proving to be too much at this time.

However, we are extremely proud of the magazine and what we are achieving, and so we need to lighten the burden to keep it up. We will be devoting the time we have now to taking stock of what we have done and what we want to do in future, such as more frequent, shorter episodes of our popular podcast.

If you would like to help us out, there are many different ways you can do so!

The more Patreon support we have, the more we will be able to rely on the contributions of paid writers – currently one to two articles a month are funded this way. You can become a patron for less than $5 a month. You can also sponsor us directly via PayPal.

If you’re an established academic with time on your hands – those exist, right? – you could contribute an article without asking for payment. If that seems like a lot, we would also appreciate the support of academics with specialisms in areas beyond those of the AWM core staff – especially the ancient world beyond the Mediterranean – volunteering to support reading and reviewing articles before they are published. If this sounds like anything you could do, feel free to contact us via e-mail or Twitter.

We have no intention of going anywhere. In fact, we’re planning for the coming year by looking for themed articles for coming months.

At the moment, the schedule looks like this, with deadlines for submissions of article proposals:

  • September: It’s All Greek (deadline: 1 July)
  • October: Horror and Monsters, incl. reception (deadline: 1 August)
  • November: The Ancient World around the Globe (deadline: 1 September)
  • December: Ritual and Religion (deadline: 1 October)
  • January: The Roman World (deadline: 1 November)
  • February: Black (Ancient) History Month (deadline: 1 December)
  • March: Women in the Ancient World (deadline: 1 January)

To submit a proposal, you can use this handy form. (There’s also an e-mail address if you prefer to send it to us directly.)

We also have a large backlog of article proposals: we’re going through all of them as quickly as we can, but please keep in mind that it might take a few weeks before we are ready to get back to you on your proposal or even your draft article. But rest assured: we read everything and we’ll be publishing one or two or perhaps even – depending on income – three or four articles a month for which we can pay the writer in question.

The past year or so has been hard for everyone, and we realize that working on this project is itself a privilege. Still, we all need a bit of a break, so that when we return to full duty, Ancient World Magazine will be bigger and better than ever!

If you yourself are having difficulties coping in this taxing period of our lives, please do allow yourself to slow down for a bit, too. If possible, try to reach out to friends and loved ones, virtually or otherwise, or contact a mental health professional. Talking about your difficulties is often the best way to sort things out for yourself.