Call for Submissions--Voices on the Move: An Anthology of Literature and Art by and about Refugees

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Call for Papers
January 30, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Fine Arts, Humanities

Call for Submissions

My name is Roxana Cazan, and I am a poet and an Assistant Professor of World Literature and Women’s Studies at Saint Francis University, PA. I write in the hopes that you might be interested in contributing to an anthology I am co-editing with my colleague, Dr. Domnica Radulescu, a prized novelist and Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature at Washington and Lee University, VA. The collection, tentatively entitled Voices on the Move, will feature short stories, essays, poems, and short drama that explore the complicated nature of immigration and refuge after the Arab Spring. It is our hope that Voices on the Move’s transnational, multiform arena will pique your interest, and that you’d be able to contribute a personal essay, a short literary genre, or a more experimental form. We are currently reaching out to authors and essayists across the world; it's our hope that you would share a table of contents with other writers we're approaching, such as Laila Lalami, Osama Alomar, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Jenny Zhang, and many others.

We envision submissions of about 5,000 words in length for fiction, non-fiction, and drama, and of about 3-5 poems. If you have artwork that may be featured here, please contact us. We are unable to pay you for your work other than publication. We will send out a style manual once we’ve got things firmed up with the publisher. Please send your submissions to by January 30th, 2019. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Book Goal

The main goal of this book is to give voice to stories of refuge and immigration that supersede legal and political boundaries. In a politically divided US, where immigrants, particularly when they are people of color, are seen as threatening the identity politics of the white mainstream and of the politically sanctioned minorities. We acknowledge the need to re-conceptualize the spaces refugees have in our society, their positions vis-à-vis power, and their impact on practices of receiving refugees. We also believe that political consensus can be reached in an apolitical realm that belongs to art. Writing can offer us a glimpse into what this artistic medium that allows all voices to participate looks like.

Contact Info: 

Domnica Radulescu, Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature at Washington and Lee University, VA, and Roxana Cazan, Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at Saint Francis University, PA.