AfriGeneas Writers Forum
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Edited by Patricia Justine Tumang and Jenesha de Rivera
For as long as people have left their homes and returned, there have been stories written about journeying to the homeland. Yet, what does this journey look like when a homeland no longer exists? When its borders are policed by government-enforced laws and restrictions? When the memory of a physical place is too far removed, or possibly forgotten?
• The estranged homeland: the experience of living in exile
• The grass is greener on the other side: stories of immigration
• Back to my roots: stories by American-born women traveling back to the land of their ancestors
• Pilgrimages: spiritual journeys to the homeland
• In search of safety: stories of refugee journeys
• The border crossed us: women’s lives in and across borderlands
• Not another Starbucks: homelands affected by globalization
• Fragments of home: journeys to homelands affected by war or natural disasters
• Off the map: journeys to a homeland that no longer exists
• This land is my land: struggles over land and sovereignty (including, but not limited to: Guam, Hawai’i, Native Americans, the Caribbean, indigenous people, etc.)
• Ancestral amnesia: memories that are far removed from the homeland (i.e. African Americans who don’t have memories of Africa, and 2nd/3rd generation daughters of immigrants)
• Fallen walls: journeys to homelands that were once divided by walls (i.e. Germany, China) and how the destruction of these walls changed the notion of homeland and community
• Divided lands: journeys to homelands that are currently divided territories (i.e. North and South Korea)
• Making a living in a foreign land: stories of women migrating to other countries for work
• Coming home, coming out: queer women’s experiences in their homelands
• Stepping outside the gender box: transgender and gender variant women’s journeys
Editors: Patricia Justine Tumang and Jenesha de Rivera are Filipina American lesbian writers, activists, and performers who live in Oakland, CA. Their essays are in the Seal Press anthology Waking Up American: Growing Up Biculturally and Patricia’s work has appeared in Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, and Hyphen Magazine, a magazine dedicated to Asian American issues and pop culture.
Deadline: April 1, 2006
Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page. No simultaneous submissions. Previously published essays will be considered. Essays will not be returned.
Submitting: Electronic submissions are preferred. Send essay electronically as a Word or Rich Text Format file (with .doc or .rtf extension) to Jenesha de Rivera and Patricia Tumang firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Homeland Anthology” in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to Jenesha de Rivera and Patricia Tumang at: Seal Press, c/o Brooke Warner, 1400 65th Street, Suite 250, Emeryville, CA 94608. Please direct any inquiries email@example.com.
Payment: $50-$100 plus two books
Reply: Please allow until September 1 for a response. If you haven’t received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been selected. It is not possible to reply to every submission personally.