The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas


Call for Submissions

We are pleased to invite your submissions to The End of Austin, an award-winning digital humanities project housed in the UT-Austin Department of American Studies that explores Austin’s changing urban identity.

Our goal is to bring together different kinds of voices—academic, artistic, activist—to start an interdisciplinary conversation about life in the fastest growing city in the United States. We are interested in original writing, photos, video, art, music—anything that illuminates how things are changing, ending, expiring, or collapsing in the midst of our growth-obsessed sunbelt burg. For additional information about the project, please see our press page.

We encourage submissions from all disciplines on the following topics (and welcome other proposals):

  • Traffic and transportation infrastructures (bus, urban rail, etc.)
  • Cedar fever, allergens, and air quality
  • Health care (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, issues of access, debates over abortion)
  • Droughts, floods, freezes, and other weather issues
  • Festivals (e.g. SXSW, ACL, FunFunFunFest, PsychFest, Ice Cream Fest, Eeyore’s Birthday, Pachanga Fest, Texas Relays)
  • The Formula One track
  • The turnover of businesses and concerns about chains versus local businesses
  • Race, class, and gentrification
  • Food culture (e.g. food trucks, barbecue, Tex Mex, microbreweries, local agriculture)
  • The “Live Music Capital of the World” moniker
  • Weirdness
  • The changing cityscape, skyline, and exurban sprawl
  • The administrative and pedagogical future of the University of Texas (e.g. changes in higher education leadership, the purpose of the university, the relationship between the university and Austin)
  • Representations of Austin in film, television, music and other forms of cultural expression
  • Drunk driving and dangerous driving
  • Local and state politics (e.g. Rick Perry, Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott, city council elections and debates)

Please email all inquiries and submissions to

Submission Guidelines

All text submissions – articles, poetry, stories – should be submitted as .doc or .docx files. You are welcome to send us additional images to include with your piece (see below for instructions) but you are NOT obligated to do so; we will pull from our database to procure an accompanying relevant image.

For pieces that use citations and/or endnotes, please use Chicago Style. Endnotes should be indicated as [1], [2] in the body text with all sources listed at the end of your piece. See the Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide.

All images should be submitted as .jpg or .png files with accompanying source information (e.g. “photo by author”). Images that you created yourself should be submitted as emailed attachments. If you want to include images from the internet that you did not create, you must have the rights to those images and you must share with us the links to the original source. We recommend searching through Flickr’s Creative Commons licensed photographs or in Wikimedia Commons.

Video files should be submitted as YouTube or Vimeo links, and privacy settings must enable us to embed those videos on

Audio files should be submitted as .mp3 or .m4a files.

Submissions must include a brief author biography, along with any links/plugs you’d like us to include (e.g. other articles or books you’ve written, your homepage, etc.).

Finally, please specify how you would like your piece, if accepted, laid out. If your piece includes text and images, indicate within the text where you would like each image to be. Be in touch with us about other formats (e.g. photograph series, film, sound).

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