Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

About Ex Nihilo


Ex Nihilo is a student-run philosophy journal that seeks to serve as a platform for undergraduate philosophy essays of exceptional quality. The journal is published by the Undergraduate Philosophy Association (UPA), and supported in large part by the Department of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. We are now accepting submissions for Spring 2022! Papers may be submitted on any philosophical topic. Between 4-6 entries will be chosen for publication.



Submissions should be in 12 point Times New Roman, and double-spaced. In addition, entries should be 2,000-7,000 words in length and contain an abstract not exceeding 250 words. Please do not include your name or any identifying information in the body or cover page of the submission; instead, please submit a separate document detailing the title of your paper, your name, email, and academic background.


Chicago Style Citation


All entries submitted before December 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm will be considered for publication.


We welcome submissions by undergraduates of any major, from any school. Submissions must be in English, although minor, incidental uses of other languages, especially when relevant to the paper, will not be disqualifying. Additionally, we will only publish original work. If you are planning to submit your paper to other publications in addition to Ex Nihilo, please keep us up-to-date on the status of your entry. You may submit up to 2 papers for consideration.

Please note that for any paper chosen for publication, Ex Nihilo's readers will offer multiple rounds of comments and revisions. As such, authors should be prepared for a significant amount of correspondence and editing throughout the year.

Please send your submission(s) and any further questions to Please include “Ex Nihilo” in the subject line, and in the body of the email include your full name and an email address at which you can best be reached.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Aidan Farmayan