The XYZ's AnthologiesSee the Two Current Calls for Submissions
ONE Seeking personal essays on the theme of transitions. The theme of transitions can be broadly interpreted.
What do we mean by transitions? Perhaps your politics have changed. Perhaps you bought a new dog leash, graduated, got fired, moved, retired, got old, received a terminal diagnosis, became a parent, lost a loved one, had a sex change, or something entirely different.
Your essay will induce the reader to develop new insights about an aspect related to transitions. Readers don't want words: readers want emotional and cognitive experiences. They want to laugh, cry, remember, think, cheer, gulp, smile through tears, clutch their chest and feel alive.
Be honest. Layer meaning, and don't bore the reader. You will manipulate your reader to have an experience.
Essays will be 500 to 3000 words. Attach in WORD. Title your submission EXACTLY as follows. Transitions, Last Name: Title of your work. So if the essay title is 'Morning Cup' and my last name is Fitzgerald, the submission would list this as the title: Transitions, Fitzgerald, Morning Cup.
TWO Seeking artful first-person essays up to 4000 words for an anthology that explores the quest for inclusiveness and the effects of the creation of “the other.” How can we counter hate and bigotry? How can we deal with our own prejudices? Can individuals who come together with shared histories and culture celebrate that richness without fostering alienation? What happens to the other? How do we move away from racism, classism, and otherness? If God is love, why does religion often construct an other? How does society foster separation? How do we reach across the divide and what can happen when we do?
To be published as print and ebook by Jack Walker Press (the XYZs anthology series). Reprints considered.
Profits to be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
It’s difficult to explore issues of gender, sexuality, age, race, political party, disability, and more without offending—so we often stay silent. Let’s try to understand otherness and tell our stories. We may risk offending, yet seek to expand love and tolerance. We seek stories of personal experience and inner explorations: hopefully essays will have at least two threads (what happened/first-person exploration for meaning). Any quotations or academic inclusions (not necessary) should include endnotes for fact checking. Anger is okay: Hate not okay. Make us laugh, cry, and think. Help us to love rather than judge. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. Small insights that honor the complexity of truth are preferred to sermons with all the answers.
Submissions accepted thought December 31, 2017. Working Title ‘Exclusion and the Other.’
Essays will be 500 to 3000 words. Attach in WORD. Title your submission EXACTLY as follows, Exclusion, Last Name: Title of your work. So if the essay title is 'Morning Cup' and my last name is Fitzgerald, the submission would list this as the title: Exclusion, Fitzgerald, Morning Cup
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