We are calling for creative-critical works in any form which explore, unpick, celebrate or scrutinize what it means to be a woman, to be published in an unformed anthology of feminist feeling. This will be curated by Seam Editions and guest edited by Kim Lockwood.
There is a rich tradition of defining, conceptualising, mythologizing and metaphorizing womanhood in politics, philosophy, literature and art.
We believe these efforts often fail in their ambitions to capture and portray the complexities of “woman”, and that there is a vital need to expose these failures and interrogate their modes of operation.
Creative-critical work thoroughly complicates the borders between the formal and the informal, the seemingly objective and the fiercely subjective, the academic and the intimate
We believe that creative-criticism, in its acts of generic transgression and refusal of binaries and dualisms, is the ideal mode for new articulations and explorations of womanhood.
ARE YOU AN UNMETAPHORICAL WOMAN?
We are looking for creative-critical work which not only reclaims or reworks traditional allegories of woman-as-muse or woman-as-myth but pulls these metaphorical renderings apart and refuses to let female embodiment, feeling and actuality be made more palatable.
Crucially, we are calling for work which mobilises the possibilities of creative criticism: writing which adds flesh to the bones of woman-as-ideal, adds feeling to unfelt and underacknowledged experiences and experiments and innovates with form, style and content.
DO YOU FEEL UN/LIKE A WOMAN?
Slant will be an unformed anthology – a collection, but not bound in traditional book form – to allow for freer movement of the pieces, to let the reader re-order, shuffle and play around as part of their encounter with the works.
We want to let these pieces speak to the reader and each other in equal measure: to create a flowing and ongoing dialogue between writer, reader and text.
DOES THIS CALL TO YOU?
We ask that prose/script/essay submissions are no longer than 5000 words but are keen to stress that they can be much shorter – send us your flash-femininities!
Work needs to be printable, but we’re keen to find works which plays around with the appearance or medium of its printed production.
Send up to 3 pieces (totalling no more than 5000 words) for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include “Slant Anthology” in the email subject line.
Include a 150-200 word biography with your work, so we know a little about you.
Ensure that your name is on each page of your submission and that the pages are numbered.
This will allow us to keep track of the work received and can read it as intended. Please feel free to note any presentation ideas for the work that you would like us to bear in mind.
Deadline: 30th July 2019