Open Call

News June 18, 2020

In connection with the Editorial Fellowship program at A Public Space, we are pleased to announce an open call for a special portfolio in the magazine to be edited by Taylor Michael.


Call for Submissions

Memory is a tricky thing. Whether it’s obsessing over our failures, surveying the tokens that trigger us, or considering our past and where we come from, our memories, collective and individual, can tell us about ourselves. Why do we hold onto certain things—failures, archival materials, family trauma—and not others?

Between July 6 and July 20 submit prose, fiction, or nonfiction, that thinks about inheritance or legacy, broadly considers memory, or incorporates archival history. I’m open to wherever this prompt may take you.

I would like to read work with energy and ambition, that has stakes, and feels like I’m uncovering or discovering something with you, the writer. It would be wonderful to read work by and about Black, Indigenous, and folks of color, and work that is hopeful even as it deals with tough topics.

Best,
Taylor Michael
Editorial Fellow


Submission Requirements: Only previously unpublished pieces are eligible. Black, Indigenous, and folks of color are especially encouraged to submit. International submissions are welcome, but we are only able to consider work in English. Only one submission per person is allowed. Writers whose work is published in the magazine will receive an honorarium.

Timeline: Submittable will be open for submissions from July 6 – July 20 only. Submissions for close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on July 20, 2020. Submitters will be informed no later than August 10, 2020.

Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Work must be submitted through the Special Call category in Submittable. (The category will not be available until July 6.) There is no submission fee. Please submit the following:

— A cover letter, including a one-paragraph biographical statement, a paragraph describing something you’ll never throw out, and a brief statement telling us why the object is important to you.
— One previously unpublished prose piece 1,500-10,000 words, double spaced that thinks about inheritance or legacy, broadly considers memory, or incorporates archival history.
—Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please note that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, you will be required to withdraw your entire application; replacement pieces will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). The cover letter and manuscript should be submitted as separate files. Incomplete submissions or submissions that do not address this call will not be considered and will be returned unread.

**General submissions will open on October 15.**


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