Call for Submissions: Family Adventures

Yet another call for essays I’ve learned about from This time the announcement is for a new anthology (prospective publisher: Travelers’ Tales) called Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Field. Editor Jennifer Bové seeks tales of “roughing it” in the outdoors with kids. “Parents, guardians, friends, educators, and counselors are encouraged to submit lively, engaging essays and anecdotes about outdoor adventures with kids of all ages (from pregnancy to teen). Whether working or playing your expedition qualifies.” She’s looking for pieces “that read like good fiction and reveal something about the bonds we form with children when we strike out into open spaces.” International submissions are encouraged, and the announcement specifies that both men and women are welcome to submit.

You can submit up to 2 stories, no longer than 2,500 words each. Previously published work may be submitted if you retain the copyright. $100 honorarium will be paid for one-time publication rights. Submission deadline: July 1, 2006.

For more information and additional submission instructions, check Bové’s blog.

Call for Essays: Women Writers on Traveling Solo

Sometimes I just can’t keep up with Seal Press and their submission calls. It’s a good thing I’ve just checked in over at where I found news about this new Seal project: Go Your Own Way: An Essay Collection by Women Writers on Traveling Solo. Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan, this book is planned as a companion volume to A Woman Alone, which was published in 2001.

The editors are looking for “original, personal stories by women on the experience of traveling alone – the highs, the lows, and everything in between – in all corners of the globe.” They’re seeking essays “that evoke a rich sense of place and present a strong narrative arc. Traveling alone as a woman can be thrilling and liberating, it can also be challenging and occasionally terrifying (if only momentarily). We are interested in stories that might reveal an insight, provide a glimpse into another culture, offer advice – in short, writing that informs, intrigues, and inspires.” Primarily looking for global (outside the U.S.) travel. Submit your work by May 15, 2006. See the Seal Press Web site for a list of sample topics and submission instructions. Payment: $150 plus two books.

Call for Submissions: Poem, Revised

It had been awhile since I last visited inkygirl, but I checked in yesterday and found an announcement that will very likely interest the practicing poets out there.

Marion Street Press is looking for poems–accompanied by rough drafts and poets’ comments on the revision process–for a book to be published in 2007: Poem, Revised. Poets whose work is chosen for the book can opt for a $25 payment or $50 worth of Marion Street Press books. They’ll also receive two copies of Poem, Revised.

Submission deadline is September 1. For more information about the project, including submission instructions, visit the Marion Street Press Web site.

Call for Submissions: Teaching Miracles

Attention, teachers! Adams Media (publishers of the Cup of Comfort series) is now developing an anthology tentatively titled Teaching Miracles. From the editor’s announcement: “The book will contain true stories written by people of all ages–that celebrate the ability of the shared classroom experience to positively influence our lives. They are stories that show that education doesn’t just come from books, and also that it’s not just a one-way street, flowing from teacher to student.” The editor seeks “concise, heartfelt stories that express what you gained from your experience in the classroom, be it a specific incident, milestone, or an ongoing process that enabled you to grow personally or professionally.”

Contributors will receive $50, plus a copy of the book. “The author whose story is chosen as the most inspirational will receive $100.” Submission deadline: April 1.

For more information, click here.

Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul

The deadline’s approaching fast (February 28) for submissions to Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul. Writers of (nonfiction) stories accepted for final publication may choose between a $200 payment or 16 complimentary copies of the volume (per story published). Payment for published poems will be $50, on publication. For more terms and submission instructions, see the announcement.

Call for Essays: Greece, A Love Story

This call just arrived in my e-mailbox yesterday from Camille Cusumano. She’s editing a new volume titled Greece, A Love Story: Women Write About the Greek Experience. Like preceding volumes (on France, Italy, and Mexico), this one will be published by Seal Press. Here’s the info (which you can also find here):

Women Write About the Greek Experience

Slated for Spring 2007

Greece evokes a richly embroidered tapestry of images, from old monuments rife with history to idyllic isles of glass-blue sea and blinding white stucco dwellings. The ancient Greeks, as well as the contemporary, permeate our Western culture with the unparalleled gifts of beauty and wisdom they left behind: classical literature, mythology, philosophy, rhetoric; a mind-stirring history and civilization; and a language that is musical and expressive of emotions/ideas not reflected in other languages. Vestiges of their artistic genius are huge and imposing: Greek temples, marvels of architecture such as Athens’s Parthenon and Acropolis, gracefully sculptured statues, delicate pottery. Greece, it is said, is where “art became inseparable from life.”

We are looking for twenty to thirty essays to fill this collection on the Greece that lies behind postcards. We would like personal stories that go beyond the practical travel guide and that embrace more “literary” travel writing, from writers who have been deeply affected by the country. Writers will demonstrate that they have had some kind of love affair with the country, whether with its people, cities, islands, food, history, art, or culture.

For examples of the various styles of writing that will work for this collection, see essays in the books already published in the “Love Story” series—on France, Italy, and Mexico. As with these anthologies, Greece, A Love Story will embrace every angle of love—whether of place, people, food, culture, or art—and the stories will capture the experience that changes, teaches, enlightens the author-and by extension the reader.

We are looking for strong narratives, excellent first-person writing, good storytelling, and diverse voices. Personal style and humor are encouraged.

EDITOR: Camille Cusumano was an editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco for 17 years. She is the author of many food and travel articles and several books and the editor of France, A Love Story, Italy, A Love Story, and Mexico, A Love Story.

PUBLISHER: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, Inc.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006

LENGTH: 2,500 to 5,000 words

FORMAT: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page.

SUBMITTING: Electronic submissions are preferred. Send essay electronically as a Word or Rich Text Format file (with .doc or .rtf extension) to CAMILLE CUSUMANO at [email protected] Put GREECE A LOVE STORY in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to CAMILLE CUSUMANO, Seal Press, c/o Denise Silva, 1400 65th Street, Suite 250, Emeryville, CA 94608. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]


REPLY: Editor cannot reply to every submission personally. Please allow until July 31, 2006, for a response. If you haven’t received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been selected.