CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Rust Belt Chic Press: The Cincinnati Anthology
Cincinnati: you know we have stories to tell. We have experiences the world only hears about when it's newsworthy, experiences that are powerful and important to us nonetheless. We know change. We have strong memories of the way things once were, and strong opinions about the way things are headed. We in Cincinnati are fiercely loyal to the things that make this city great, if at times resigned to some of the things that are broken about it, but we live here because there is something special about it that we can't live without. Because it is home and there is no other home like it. What some call tarnish, we call patina. Even those who have left Cincinnati still feel the pull towards it now and again in a flush of nostalgia, and all of us have stories about this city, from the present and from the past, stories of what makes it ours and what makes it home.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to bind together the stories of this city and launch them into the air for everyone to see, shining brighter than fireworks over the Ohio River? To remind ourselves what Cincinnati is about? To tell the world what Cincinnati is really about?
That's exactly what we're about to do.
You are invited to share your Cincinnati story by submitting it for a new book, The Cincinnati Anthology, to be published in 2014.
This collection is affiliated with Belt Magazine and Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, both featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other media. Rust Belt Chic: The Detroit Anthology will also be published in 2014.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Nonfiction essays (both longform and brief)
- Comics (must be in grayscale)
- Photography (must be in grayscale)
- Art (must be in grayscale)
In particular, we're looking for pieces on Cincinnati's growth and change, on journey and place, on nostalgia, on race and community, on music, food, art, and architecture. We'd love to hear your East Side tale and your West Side story, why those of you who no longer live here come back to Cincinnati and what it means to you when you do. We want everyday and extraordinary experiences. We'd love to hear from geologists, journalists, activists, blue collar workers, business owners, brewers, and musicians, both professional writers and the never-before-published. We want the good and the bad of the city, well-written and honest tales of the entire Cincinnati experience.
THE NITTY-GRITTY: Submissions must include the author or artist’s full contact information (name, email, phone, address, 3-4 sentence bio). You may submit multiple pieces. Previously published pieces are acceptable, but the author must include the original publication information with the submission, and have the rights to the piece. Accepted submissions will likely be edited in coordination with the author. About 20-30 submissions will be featured in the finished book.
TO SUBMIT: Email COMPLETE submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Friday, December 6, 2013
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Zan McQuade, Email: email@example.com (please do not send submissions to this address, but feel free to write with any and all questions about the project), Twitter: @acupoftea