*** CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS & ARTWORK
BY COLLEGE WRITERS & ARTISTS ***
Kentucky Publisher Seeks Submissions, Offers Prize for
2009 Anthology of MTR-focused Work by College Authors & Artists
MotesBooks of Louisville will accept manuscripts and artwork for an anthology to be published in the spring of 2009. All pieces in the book will focus on Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining. Submission period closes October 1, 2008. Contributors can be any age up to 24 years. Non-students meeting the age requirement are also encouraged to submit.
Working title: WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM
Working subtitle: Young Americans Reflect On Mountaintop Removal
Edited by writer, editor, songwriter & MTR activist Jason Howard.
With a foreword by novelist, dramatist, songwriter & MTR activist Silas House.
Literary submissions on the theme may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short scripts, essays, articles, letters, or creative nonfiction of any length up to 4,000 words. The pieces may approach the MTR theme from any angle – human, environmental, political, cultural, economic, health, water, air, energy, tourism, jobs, coal conversion, etc. Works submitted do not necessarily have to limit their focus to the results of MTR in Appalachia. All points of view are welcomed. Submissions written for class assignments are welcome.
Visual submissions may include sketches, drawings and other original artworks rendered in black-and-white and submitted in the form of a high resolution .tiff file. They should address MTR-related themes. High resolution color images may be submitted for consideration as cover art, as well.
Award: After publication, a panel of adult writers and activists will select the work of a single contributor to be awarded a Youth Activism+Art prize of $100.
Payment: If accepted for publication, every contributor will receive one (1) complimentary copy upon publication as payment, shipped to address provided in submission materials. Contributors will also receive an ongoing contributor's discount for purchase of additional copies.
The book will be manufactured in softcover, perfectbound format. Basic retail marketing outlets will include Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and the publisher's websites. Wholesales will be available to retailers. Special marketing strategies and events will also be utilized, including at least one reading by selected contributors (at the invitation of the publisher).
Questions? Email MTR@MotesBooks.com
using "MTR ANTHOLOGY" as the subject line.
Writers and artists retain copyright on individual pieces.
Do not send previously published or simultaneously submitted material.
Submission guarantees that the work is original and is created by the student whose name is affixed to it.
Include author bio and contact information (including school affiliation, grade level, age, phone, snail mail, e-mail address, and teacher sponsor, if applicable) with each submission.
Send WRITING in email or hard copy. Email submissions are encouraged in the form of an Microsoft Word-compatible attachment. Send to MTR@MotesBooks.com
with "MTR ANTHOLOGY" as the subject line. Other subject lines could be viewed as spam or automatically deleted. Writing received by email attachment will elicit a return email confirming inbox arrival. Hard copies should be mailed to: MotesBooks MTR Anthology, PO Box 6034, Louisville KY 40206. Use Arial 12 pt. font. Do not send originals; submissions will not be returned. If you want confirmation of receipt, include SASP (self-addressed stamped postcard). NOTE: If accepted, hard copy submissions will subsequently be requested in the form of a text or Word file.
VISUAL ART should be submitted in digital form only via email or CD. Submission should include name, age, and all contact info, brief artist statement, and bio. Artwork received by email attachment will elicit a return email confirming inbox arrival. For artwork submissions, use "MTR ANTHOLOGY" as the subject line; send .tiff file by e-mail to MTR@MotesBooks.com
, or mail disc to: MotesBooks MTR Anthology, PO Box 6034, Louisville KY 40206. No hard copy is required for visual art submissions. Discs or other submission materials will not be returned. SUBMIT HIGH RESOLUTION (300 dpi) TIFF FILES ONLY; NO JPG FILES WILL BE CONSIDERED. If image files are too large to email, contact us for FTP upload instructions.
Both writers and visual artists must include a 30-40 word bio to appear in Contributor's Notes section of the anthology in the event that work is accepted. Bios may include previous publishing credits, name of school and current level in school (if still a student), background on the piece submitted, or other information as desired.
Submission guarantees that contributors agree that selected submissions may be posted on MotesBooks and/or EvaMedia websites and used in promotional & marketing materials.
Submission deadline is October 1, 2008. Book publication is targeted for Spring 2009.
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND / RESEARCH MATERIALS
(not an exhaustive list)
MISSING MOUNTAINS (anthology of adult writers on MTR)
LOST MOUNTAIN (by Erik Reece)
STRANGE AS THIS WEATHER HAS BEEN (by Ann Pancake)