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March 25, 2011 / Melissa Yuan-Innes

Call for Submissions: Essays about the U.S./Mexico border

I’m not Latina, but if I were and had any stories about la frontera, I’d be writing for this:

Request for Submissions

The Lost Border: Essays on how life and culture have been changed by the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border

This new anthology will focus on the unique life and culture along the U.S.-Mexico border that has been changed and even lost because of the recent drug violence.  This book will feature writers from both sides of the border who explore the culture that has been changed or lost, the lives that have been split in two, and the way of life that has been interrupted, or even eradicated, by the violence along the border.

Some of the questions that might be explored are: What way of life has been lost due to the recent violence?  What are the ramifications of this change for culture, politics, families, institutions, the arts, and even individual psyches?  Will it be possible to regain what has been truncated?  What might the border’s future be? Are there any positive side-effects?

We hope that writers will conjure the past in telling moments and reflect on the forces that have spun out of control to destroy the unique bi-national, bicultural existence ofla frontera.  Location is a vitally important and intrinsic element of the essays we seek, and each essay should show substantial ties to the border through the essayist’s lived experience.  We anticipate that the writing will draw scholars as well as those in the general public who wish to thoughtfully negotiate the border’s current complexities.

The publisher of this project will be Arte Público Press and the anticipated publication date is in 2012.

Please read the submission guidelines and follow them.  We look forward to reading your submission.  We will contact you by email about acceptance or rejection of your essay.

Sarah Cortez (Cortez.Sarah@gmail.com) and Sergio Troncoso (SergioTroncoso@gmail.com)

Editors

Submission Guidelines:

The deadline is August 1, 2011 postmark, without exceptions.  The length of the essay should be 3,000 to 6,000 words; please title your essay.  The essay should be unpublished and written in English.  All contributors shall be Latino/a.

Each essay should be typed in Times Roman 12-point type with standard manuscript formatting for margins and spacing.

Include your name, snail-mail address, two contact phone numbers, two email addresses, and exact word count in the top left margin of the first page of your manuscript.

We do not accept electronic submissions.  Mail two hard copies of the essay and your bio to Sergio

Troncoso, 2373 Broadway, Suite 1808, New York, NY 10024.  No submission will be returned; please keep a copy for your records.

Please include a one-paragraph biography summarizing your publishing credits. Include a sentence or two that defines your relationship with the border (e.g. cities or towns lived in, length of residence/familiarity).

If your essay is accepted, we will need an electronic file as a Word document.  We will contact you about suggested revisions.

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