Deadline: 1 November 2012
Poetry, prose, and art is now being accepted for the inaugural issue of (RED) the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas (NWCA) literary and art journal. It will be available online and print on demand. The first special issue is titled: HUMMA (RED): A Journal of Indigenous Literature and Art.
ABOUT THE JOURNAL: Our mission is to promote, encourage, and ensure that the voice of Native and Indigenous/ Indigenous-descended writers and storytellers–past, present, and future–are heard around the world. In addition to this, we seek to create a space for Indigenous inclusive, well composed, traditional, contemporary, adventurous, and interdisciplinary arts (literary and visual). We support artists of Native/Indigenous descent who give expression to survivals, voices, and unique gazes on life in the paracolonial Americas. While we encourage ALL Native/Indigenous artists, we seek to publish the best of the best, high-quality, well-composed art, both literary and visual.
Each issue of the journal will be titled “Red” in a tribal language, with (RED): A Journal of Indigenous Literature and Art acting as the over-all subtitle for the journal. The inaugural issue is titled HUMMA, the Choctaw word for red, and will celebrate 20 years of NWCA and Returning the Gift (RTG). The name HUMMA, celebrates Oklahoma as the site of the first RTG and the headquarters of NWCA for 20 years. As such, we will highlight past NWCA first book award winners as well as Lifetime Achievement award winners, alongside general submissions.
FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Please send 3-4 previously unpublished poems (no more than 7 pages total); for prose send no more than 2,500 words of short fiction or novel chapter. We do allow simultaneous submissions but should your work be accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Please send all submissions as a single document. Include a cover letter with your name, contact information (including snail mail and e-mail), Indigenous affiliation and/or ancestry (descent), and the titles of your submitted works. Your name should not appear on the works themselves. Your submission will go through a blind editorial review process. For art, please follow guidelines above but submit only 1-2 original images as a jpg. If your work is accepted, you will be asked for a bio. Please do not send one with your submission.
Our site will go live Winter 2012/13 when we launch our first issue.
For queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For submissions: via submittable